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As Crowd's Noise Became Deafening, Morocco Upset Spain

3-0 victory on penalties sets up match with Portugal or Switzerland

(Newser) - Morocco on Tuesday became the first Arab nation and only the fourth African nation to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals, beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout. Achraf Hakimi, who was born in Madrid and previously played for Real Madrid, converted the deciding penalty in the shootout. Abdelhamid Sabiri...

Trouble Befalls Man Walking From Spain to World Cup

Santiago Sanchez may have been arrested in Iran

(Newser) - A Spanish man trekking from Madrid to Doha for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is believed to be under arrest in Iran, where he went missing more than three weeks ago, his family said Wednesday. "We learned this morning from the (Spanish) foreign ministry that there's a 99%...

'Great Job,' Trump Tells Spain's Far-Right Party

Vox leader calls former president a visionary in fight over borders

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump threw his support behind Spain's far-right Sunday in a video shown at a rally in Madrid that also featured messages by the leading stars of Europe's populist right, including Italy's Giorgia Meloni and Hungary's Viktor Orban. In a recording that lasted under...

Track Dad Who Helped Son Finish Memorable Race Has Died

Jim and Derek Redmond participated in 'one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history'

(Newser) - Jim Redmond wasn't supposed to be on the track at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He wasn't even an athlete, yet he played a key role in what the Olympic Committee calls "one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history." Per NPR, Jim Redmond died...

Prosecutors Want Shakira in Jail for 8 Years
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Shakira Must Stand Trial, Faces Hefty Sentence

Prosecutors want to jail pop star for 8 years over tax-fraud allegations

(Newser) - Update: Pop star Shakira must stand trial in a tax-fraud case that could put her in prison for eight years. A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the Colombian mega-star to go on trial over allegations of unpaid taxes, reports NDTV . No date has been set. The 45-year-old denies any wrongdoing...

Bear That Fought Off Attacker Found Dead in Cave

Mother bear battled male to protect cub

(Newser) - The fate of a bear seen fighting valiantly to save one of her cubs was tragic, but "these are things that happen in nature," says Guillermo Palomero, president of Spain's Brown Bear Foundation. In June, hikers in the northern Castile and Leon region recorded video of the...

Years Later, Gang Rapes Lead to 'Only Yes Means Yes' Law

Public outcry in Spain had followed infamous court rulings

(Newser) - Spain's lawmakers, under pressure since an infamous gang rape in 2016, have approved a law requiring that consent to sexual activity be explicit. "It's a victorious day after many years of struggle," said Irene Montero, the nation's equality minister. "From now on, no woman...

Man Set to Stand Trial Is Euthanized Instead

Marin Eugen Sabau was left a quadriplegic after being shot by police

(Newser) - Spain permits euthanasia for adults who are experiencing "unbearable suffering" due to incurable conditions—including adults who are accused gunmen awaiting trial, apparently. The BBC reports that Marin Eugen Sabau, 46, has been euthanized in prison, where he has been since allegedly opening fire at his former employer's...

Unprecedented Drought Leads to 'Rare Opportunity'

Scientists rush to study 'Spanish Stonehenge,' ancient rock circle emerging as water levels drop

(Newser) - "Spanish Stonehenge" is back. The Dolmen of Guadalperal, a circle of 150 stones in Caceres believed to be about 7,000 years old, was purposely submerged underwater in 1963, part of Spain's efforts to build the Valdecanas reservoir. Over the years, the rocks occasionally peeked out when weather...

'Violent' Winds Lead to Death, Injuries at Music Fest

One person killed, 'dozens' injured after part of stage collapses at Spain's Medusa Fest in Cullera

(Newser) - The plan for Friday evening at Spain's Medusa Festival, the first night of the six-day event, involved multiple DJs entertaining the crowds across five stages all night long. But that's not how things went down, after high winds caused a portion of the main stage to collapse, killing...

Court: Shooting Defendant Can End His Life Before Trial

Security guard shot during attack on colleagues is a paraplegic

(Newser) - A security guard charged in the shootings of colleagues and a police officer is within his rights to end his life before his trial begins, a court in Spain has ruled. Officials say Marin Eugen Sabau, 46, wounded three people at a security company in Tarragona in December, then a...

After Capsizing, Sailor's Survival 'Verged on the Impossible'

He managed to make it the 16 hours until he was rescued

(Newser) - A French sailor was rescued in the rough Atlantic on Tuesday after spending 16 hours in his capsized sailboat. The 62-year-old, who'd set sail on his 40-foot vessel from Lisbon on Sunday morning, was 14 miles from the Sisargas Islands off Spain's northwestern Galicia region when he sent...

Spain's PM to Workers: Dress Like Me

Specifically, go tie-less

(Newser) - Temperatures hit nearly 97 degrees in Madrid on Friday, and Spain's prime minister instructed men who wear a tie to work to stop doing so as one (very) small way of reducing energy consumption amidst the heat. The BBC reports Pedro Sanchez appeared tieless at a news conference Friday...

3rd Woman Accuses Body Positivity Campaign of Stealing Her Photo

The bad press keeps on coming for Spanish campaign

(Newser) - Add yet another woman to the list of people not happy with a Spanish campaign advocating body positivity . Juliet FitzPatrick, a cancer survivor, says she believes her photo may have been used in the campaign without her permission. She tells the BBC the face on one of the pictures may...

Spain Reports 2 Monkeypox Fatalities in 2 Days

Brazil has reported its first fatality, while WHO official warns of more ahead

(Newser) - Spain on Saturday reported a second death in as many days from monkeypox. These are believed to be the first confirmed fatalities from the disease in Europe since its recent spread beyond Africa. Both fatalities were young men, the health ministry said, after reporting Spain's first death on Friday,...

Model Has a Complaint About Body-Positivity Poster

Nyome Nicholas-Williams says photo of her was taken from Instagram without permission

(Newser) - Update: Add one more gripe to the list of complaints that have been issued (see below) about a Spanish campaign that pushes body positivity. The image shared Wednesday by Spain's equality ministry shows women of various ages and body types at the beach, and one of those women says...

Bull-Running Is Back After COVID, and So Are the Deaths

3 men die in Spain within 24 hours from 'bous al carrer' events

(Newser) - COVID put off bous al carrer season in Spain for a few years, but bull runs are now back in full force. So are the fatal gorings and controversy. In the Valencia region alone this week, three men died within the same 24-hour period after taking part in bull-running festivals...

Arrests Made in Wine Heist Planned in 'Millimetric Detail'

Theft happened in Spain, the arrests came in Croatia

(Newser) - It's being called the "theft of the century," at least in the vinophile sphere. But authorities appear to have finally caught their suspects after a long-haul chase across Europe that involved both Interpol and Europol law enforcement agencies. Police say that a man and woman were arrested...

Man Trying to Save Town From Wildfire Narrowly Escapes

Spanish man was overtaken by flames while digging trench

(Newser) - A Spanish man who had been digging a trench to protect his town from a wildfire was hospitalized with serious burns Monday—but video shows that Angel Martin Arjona is very lucky to be alive. Arjona, who owns a construction warehouse, was overtaken by flames in a field near Tabara,...

After 3 Years, Spain's Running of the Bulls Returns

Nobody was gored on first day of wildly popular festival

(Newser) - The first bull run in three years at the San Fermín festival in the Spanish city of Pamplona took place early Thursday. No one was gored, but several runners endured knocks and hard falls as tens of thousands partygoers reveled in the return of one of Europe's most...

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