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With Unemployment in Spain at 24%, Grandma Gets Evicted and Chains Herself to Bank

With Unemployment in Spain at 24%, Grandma Gets Evicted and Chains Herself to Bank

A 76-year-old grandmother who lost her home to debt chained herself to the gate of Spain's central bank here Monday and asked Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy to address the "injustices" affecting many people in the Iberian nation. Angeles Belmonte was evicted five months ago from her home in the southern town of Nijar when her son fell behind on a loan she co-signed. continue reading »

Jobless Rate in Spain Climbs Above 24 Percent

Jobless Rate in Spain Climbs Above 24 Percent

The ranks of Spain's unemployed expanded by nearly 366,000 in the first quarter to a record 5.63 million, or 24.44 percent of the workforce, the government said Friday. continue reading »

S&P Cuts Spain’s Credit Rating to BBB+

S&P Cuts Spain’s Credit Rating to BBB+

Standard & Poor's on Thursday reduced its long-term sovereign credit rating on Spain by two notches, from A to BBB+, expressing concern about the country's large volume of debt and shrinking economy. continue reading »

Javier Bardem to Appear in Film Based on Brother Carlos  Novel  “Alacran Enamorado”

Javier Bardem to Appear in Film Based on Brother Carlos Novel “Alacran Enamorado”

Javier Bardem will make his return to Spanish cinema when he plays a neo-Nazi ideologue in "Alacran enamorado" (Scorpion in Love), a film based on a novel by his brother Carlos. In remarks to Efe, Spanish director Santiago Zannou said the winner of a best-supporting-actor Oscar for his turn in the Coen brothers' "No Country for Old Men" will play a secondary character named Solis continue reading »

Brazil and Spain Top Seeded Olympic Soccer Teams

Brazil and Spain Top Seeded Olympic Soccer Teams

In a stage draw this week, Spain, Brazil, and Britain were chosen as the top seeded teams for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament. These teams will be separated in an effort to spread out the higher ranked teams and also keep European and Latin American teams apart. continue reading »

Brazil and Spain Top Seeded Olympic Soccer Teams

In a stage draw this week, Spain, Brazil, and Britain were chosen as the top seeded teams for the men’s Olympic soccer tournament. These teams will be separated in an effort to spread out the higher ranked teams and also keep European and Latin American teams apart. continue reading »

Mother of Singer Alejandro Sanz, Maria Pizarro, Passes Away in Spain

Mother of Singer Alejandro Sanz, Maria Pizarro, Passes Away in Spain

Maria Pizarro, mother of singer Alejandro Sanz, died in her native Alcala de los Gazules, officials in the southern Spanish town told Efe on Friday. They said Pizarro passed away in the family home at about 11:00 p.m. continue reading »

Penlope Cruz Maybe Working with Husband Javier Bardem in “The Counselor”

Penlope Cruz Maybe Working with Husband Javier Bardem in “The Counselor”

Penelope Cruz could star with her husband Javier Bardem in the Ridley Scott drama "The Counselor," The Hollywood Reporter said Thursday. continue reading »

Spanish Technology Brings ‘Robocop’ to Life

Spanish Technology Brings ‘Robocop’ to Life

Using Spain’s Ex-Sight Technology, police officers and other security personnel will now have superhuman powers. Using this new technology, police will be able to scan 100,000 faces per second, continue reading »

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Apologizes for Going on African Safari During Country’s Financial Crisis

Spain’s King Juan Carlos Apologizes for Going on African Safari During Country’s Financial Crisis

"I'm very sorry. I made a mistake. It won't happen again," Spain's King Juan Carlos said Wednesday regarding a hunting trip to Botswana that became headline news after he was injured in a fall. continue reading »

Ronaldo and Messi Each Reach La Liga Record with 41 Goals

Ronaldo and Messi Each Reach La Liga Record with 41 Goals

In separate games Saturday rivals Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi scored goals that made each of them the new record holders for most goals in a Spanish league season. continue reading »

Penelope Cruz Has ‘Other Priorities’ Than Making Films

Penelope Cruz Has ‘Other Priorities’ Than Making Films

Spanish actress Penelope Cruz says that in the immediate future she will make only one or two films per year, since now she has "other priorities" after the birth of her first child with husband and fellow thespian Javier Bardem. continue reading »

Spanish King Juan Carlos Breaks Hip on Elephant Hunting Trip in Africa

Spanish King Juan Carlos Breaks Hip on Elephant Hunting Trip in Africa

Spain’s King Juan Carlos broke his hip during a trip in Africa. The royal palace released the statement on Saturday, confirming that it was an accidental fall during a private trip in Botswana. The AFP reports that the palace said that the 74-year-old king underwent surgery. Spanish media has been reporting that he was in Botswana on an elephant hunting trip, but the palace did not confirm that. continue reading »

Greenpeace Launches Cyber Campaign Urging Spain to Ban Coastal Drilling

Greenpeace Launches Cyber Campaign Urging Spain to Ban Coastal Drilling

Greenpeace on Friday launched a cyber campaign to urge Spain's minister of industry, energy and tourism, Jose Manuel Soria, to ban oil and natural gas drilling in coastal areas. continue reading »

Spain: With Surprising Number of Allegedly Stolen Babies, Gov’t to Set Up Database

Spain: With Surprising Number of Allegedly Stolen Babies, Gov’t to Set Up Database

Following a wave of allegations of illegal adoptions, Spain's government pledged Thursday to set up a database of infants who may have been stolen during the 1939-1975 Franco dictatorship and beyond. continue reading »