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'It Is My Intention to Become Catalonia's Next President'

Socialist Party of ex-Health Minister Salvador Illa makes gains in election, separatists lose majority

(Newser) - Six years after plunging Spain into its worst political crisis in decades, Catalonia's separatist parties are in danger of losing their hold on power in the northeastern region after the pro-union Socialist Party scored a historic result in Sunday's election. The four pro-independence parties, led by the Together...

Spain's Ex-Soccer Chief Is in More Trouble Over That Kiss

Luis Rubiales will stand trial, faces prison

(Newser) - The former president of Spain's soccer federation, who partly overshadowed Spain's victory in the Women's World Cup final in August when he planted an unwanted kiss on the lips of a player, will stand trial on two charges. In January, a Spanish judge concluded the kiss was...

Husband Charged in Strange Case of Missing Florida Woman

American Ana Maria Knezevic vanished from Madrid; friend says strange texts weren't from her

(Newser) - The estranged husband of a Florida woman who disappeared three months ago in Spain has been charged by US federal agents with her kidnapping, the AP reports. The FBI and other federal agents arrested David Knezevich (variously spelled Knezevic) at Miami International Airport on Saturday. The Fort Lauderdale resident is...

Spain's Disgraced Ex-Soccer Chief Is Arrested

Luis Rubiales is detained at the airport in connection with an ongoing corruption investigation

(Newser) - Luis Rubiales, the disgraced former president of Spain's soccer federation who kissed a player on the lips without her consent at the Women's World Cup final, was arrested Wednesday as part of a separate corruption probe by Spanish police before being released. The Civil Guard said that Rubiales...

In Slaying of Russian Defector, a Brutally 'Clear Message'

Maksim Kuzminov was shot to death in Spain earlier this year, with the Kremlin suspected

(Newser) - The New York Times has followed up on the high-profile murder of a Russian helicopter pilot who defected to Ukraine, finding that the slaying of Maksim Kuzminov has renewed fears that the Kremlin's overseas hit teams are alive and well. Among the points:
  • The two men who killed him

144 Years Later, Barcelona Landmark Will Finally Be 'Complete'

Work on Gaudi's Sagrada Familia to wrap up in 2026, though additions are possible

(Newser) - Work began on Barcelona's famed Sagrada Familia in 1882. Today, the massive cathedral towers over the city—but the work continues. The building, long accompanied by cranes and scaffolding, has never been completed. No more than 15% was complete in 1926, the year architect Antoni Gaudi died, per CNN...

Religious Procession Marks Return of Rainfall

Spain's northeast is dealing with a drought emergency

(Newser) - A religious procession in downtown Barcelona celebrated the appearance of long-awaited rain, after nine days of praying for relief from a severe drought. Around 100 local people took part in the Catholic ceremony on a rainy Saturday evening. They carried the figure of the Holy Christ of the Blood, winding...

Cladding Blamed After Fire Rips Through High-Rise

At least 4 dead, up to 15 missing in Valencia fire

(Newser) - At least four people are dead and up to 15 are missing after a fire devastated two residential buildings in Valencia, eastern Spain, including a 14-story apartment building. Witnesses said the fire started in the high-rise Thursday night and, fanned by strong winds, engulfed the entire building in around 30...

These Men in Yellow Are Angry Farmers
These Men in Yellow
Are Angry Farmers

These Men in Yellow Are Angry Farmers

They're turning out in Spain, other countries to protest EU policies

(Newser) - Hundreds of farmers drove their tractors into central Madrid on Wednesday as part of ongoing protests against EU and local farming policies and to demand measures to alleviate production cost hikes. The protest, the biggest to take place in the Spanish capital after more than two weeks of daily protests...

Intruder Spills 15K Gallons of Wine
Intruder Spills
Wine Worth $2.7M

Intruder Spills Wine Worth $2.7M

'Unbalanced' person destroys 15K gallons at Spanish winery

(Newser) - Winery president Jose Moro says he doesn't have any enemies, which makes a devastating incident at the Cepa 21 winery in northwest Spain all the more mysterious. An intruder was captured on video opening wine tanks around 3:30am Sunday, spilling some 15,000 gallons of wine worth around...

Judge Rules on Soccer Honcho's 'Unconsented' Kiss

Luis Rubiales, Spain's former soccer chief, must head to trial, per Thursday ruling

(Newser) - After sullying his nation's Women's World Cup victory, former Spanish soccer chief Luis Rubiales will face trial for kissing forward Jenni Hermoso without her consent at the final. Judge Francisco de Jorge ruled on Thursday that Rubiales' kiss was "unconsented and carried out unilaterally and in a...

'Tide' of Plastic Pellets Washes Up in Spain
Spain Faces 'Tide' of Nurdles

Spain Faces 'Tide' of Nurdles

The tiny plastic pellets spilled off of Portugal prompts environmental emergency

(Newser) - Volunteers on the northern coast of Spain are painstakingly picking up what could amount to hundreds of thousands of tiny plastic pellets after millions spilled from a cargo ship, raising concerns of an environmental disaster. Up to six containers carrying tires, tomato sauce, plastic wrap, and some 55,000 pounds...

Iran Frees Man Arrested While Walking to World Cup

Santiago Sanchez was arrested in Iran on his way to Qatar

(Newser) - A Spanish soccer fan who was detained in Iran as he tried to make his way to Qatar for the 2022 World Cup has been released. In January of that year, Santiago Sanchez started traveling by foot from Madrid to Doha, documenting his journey on social media; he was arrested...

Lucky Number In World's Richest Lottery Is 88008

Spain's 'El Gordo' Christmas lottery is handing out $2.87B in prizes this year

(Newser) - Lucky holders of 20-euro tickets with the number 88008 will be celebrating Friday. They have each won $441,000, or some $358,000 after tax, in the top prize of Spain's huge Christmas lottery. People across the country tuned into the television, radio, and internet from early morning as...

Years After Vanishing, He Sent a Text: 'I Want to Come Home'

Alex Batty, allegedly kidnapped from the UK by his mother, was done with nomadic life

(Newser) - The vehicle's headlights silhouetted the exhausted teenager walking alone in the rain in deepest rural France, with a skateboard tucked under his arm. "I said to myself, 'That's strange. It's 3am in the morning, it's raining, he's all by himself on the road...

It's an 'Amount of Drugs Never Seen Before in Galicia'

Some of the cocaine was sandwiched between pieces of frozen tuna

(Newser) - Spanish authorities have confiscated 11 tons of cocaine and arrested 20 people tied to Balkan mafias in two different operations against the smuggling of the illegal drugs inside shipping containers, Spain's National Police said Tuesday. Police said the 16,500 pounds (or roughly 8 tons) of cocaine seized by...

Shakira's Tax Fraud Case Is Over Before It Began

Colombian singer settles with Spanish prosecutors over tax evasion of alleged $16M

(Newser) - Shakira's tax fraud trial began Monday, and it lasted a whopping eight minutes before it came to a close. That's according to the AP , which reports that the Colombian pop star reached a deal with prosecutors in Barcelona, Spain, over what they'd alleged was a failure to...

Spain's Estimate of Church Abuse Victims Is Staggering

New report suggests hundreds of thousands of minors in the Catholic Church were abused

(Newser) - Spain's first official investigation into sex abuse by clergy members or other people connected to the Catholic Church in the country included a survey suggesting the number of victims could run into hundreds of thousands. The survey was part of a damning report by the office of Spain's...

Top Wine-Producing Nation Is About to Be Dethroned
Top Wine-Producing Nation
Is About to Be Dethroned
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Top Wine-Producing Nation Is About to Be Dethroned

France to overtake Italy after a growing season marked by intense heat, mildew

(Newser) - After a growing season disrupted by intense storms and blistering summer heat, the world's top wine-producing nation is about to be dethroned. Experts from the European Commission, French Ministry of Agriculture, and Italy's Institute of Services for the Agricultural and Food Market predict Italy will produce 12% less...

Mistress Sued Spain's Former King for $153M, Lost

Judge found English court didn't have jurisdiction to hear the case

(Newser) - Former Spanish King Juan Carlos I won his London court battle Friday with an ex-lover who had sought $153 million in damages for allegedly being harassed and spied on by him after their breakup. Danish socialite and businessperson Corinna Larsen, also known as Corinna zu Sayn-Wittgenstein-Sayn, said the former monarch...

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