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Green Day: We Didn't Know About Fatal Stunt

Band played set after acrobat plunged to his death

(Newser) - Green Day are not "heartless people," and they "most likely" would have called off their performance at a music festival in Spain Friday night if they had known that an acrobat had fallen to his death just before they came on, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong says. Armstrong... More »

Matador's Debut Bullfight Ends in Throat Goring

Daniel Garcia Navarrete tossed around 'like a rag doll' in Madrid's Las Ventas ring

(Newser) - A 23-year-old matador was severely injured after a nasty turn with a bull in one of Spain's most famous bullfighting venues. More than 10,000 people in Madrid's Las Ventas bullring watched in horror Sunday as a bull started tossing Daniel Garcia Navarrete around "like a rag... More »

Video: Man Late for His Flight Chases Plane Across Tarmac

It was stupid, dangerous, and apparently successful

(Newser) - Look, no one wants to miss their flight, but sometimes you just have to deal with it. The Guardian reports a man was late to his flight from Madrid to the Canary Islands on Friday, but instead of giving up, he ducked out a fire escape, jumped from a gangway,... More »

'All Cats Are Beautiful' Bag Gets Woman Fined by Cops

'What a bloody disgusting country'

(Newser) - Maybe the officers were dog people? The Local reports a woman in Madrid was fined by police Sunday for carrying a bag that read "All Cats Are Beautiful." The two riot officers that stopped graphic designer Belén Lobero claimed the acronym on the bag—despite the drawing... More »

Spain Puts Down Ebola Patient's Dog

Authorities feared nursing assistant's pet could carry virus

(Newser) - Authorities aren't taking any chances in Spain, where the first case of Ebola transmission outside Africa has caused widespread alarm: The dog of a Madrid nurse was put down today because authorities believed it could carry and transmit the virus. Madrid's regional government obtained a court order to... More »

Found in University Basement: 250 Corpses

Department director resigns over gross debacle

(Newser) - It seems journalists with Spain's El Mundo have stumbled onto Frankenstein’s laboratory. "This is not Auschwitz in 1942. Neither Srebrenica ... nor Rwanda," as El Mundo puts it. No, it’s the basement of the Anatomy and Embryology Department at Madrid's Complutense University, where the body... More »

Stampede Kills 3 Women at Madrid Halloween Party

Police suggest firecracker sparked stampede in crowded venue

(Newser) - A Halloween party went horribly wrong in Madrid last night, leaving three young women dead and two more in serious condition, reports El Pais . An exploding firecracker around 4am at a crowded electronic music party reportedly caused a stampede. Two women were found dead at the scene, while another died... More »

40K Protest Economy in Madrid

Demonstrators from all over Spain to begin march to capital today

(Newser) - Rocked by 20%-plus unemployment and drastic cuts to social services, some 40,000 protesters took to the streets yesterday. The protests, in Madrid and around Spain, are leaderless, growing out of Facebook and other social networking sites, and riven by frustration with a deep recession and Eurozone demands for austerity.... More »

Inspired by Arab Spring, Spanish Protesters Defy Ban

Young demonstrators angry over lack of jobs

(Newser) - Because regional elections take place in Spain tomorrow, today is supposed to be a national "day of reflection," with no protests or public gatherings. Try explaining that to the tens of thousands of demonstrators who continue to pack city squares in Madrid, Barcelona, and other major cities. Police... More »

Missing US Student Found in Madrid River

No early signs of foul play

(Newser) - The body of a California exchange student missing since last month in Spain has been found in the Madrid River, officials announced. An autopsy will be conducted, but there doesn't appear to be signs of foul play, according to authorities. San Diego State University student Austin Bice, 22, vanished after... More »

'El Gordo' Holiday Lottery to Pay Out $3B

World's richest lottery spreads the wealth

(Newser) - Spain is bringing billions of holiday good wishes to winners of the world's richest lottery. The contest known as "El Gordo"—the Fat One—is paying out a whopping $3 billion in cash. But the money doesn't go into a single jackpot. Instead it's doled out in a... More »

Spain Fans Party in the Streets

World Cup victory over the Netherlands sparks nationwide celebrations

(Newser) - Cries of "Viva Espana" are echoing through the streets of Spain as fans celebrate the national team's first World Cup title. "It's an extraordinary feeling, of happiness and nerves," one reveler in Madrid tells AFP . Says another: "We are very proud and very happy." Spotted... More »

Miley Dons Insane 7-Inch Spike Heels

It's not crazy to wear these shoes, argues the NYDN

(Newser) - Miley Cyrus’s 7-inch Christian Louboutin spike heels made headlines in Madrid (“Hannah Montana star struggles to stay upright!”)—but the New York Daily News would like you to know that there are quite a few benefits to wearing such ridiculous shoes. For one, heels will make... More »

Bull Gores Matador's Throat

Surgeons struggle for hours to reconstruct mouth

(Newser) - A Spanish matador was struggling to recover today after suffering horrific injuries when a bull's horn entered his throat and exited his mouth. The half-ton bull caught Julio Aparicio under the chin when the matador lost his balance and stumbled while executing a pass in Madrid. Aparicio, 41, was tossed... More »

For the Man With Everything: Penis Pants

Extra stitched equipment hits Madrid runway

(Newser) - The well-dressed metrosexual looking for a little something extra can now scoop up a pair of pants with a cloth penis and scrotum stitched to the crotch. The unusual accoutrement, paraded on the Madrid runway thanks to designer Isabel Mastache, isn't for everyone, of course. As Queerty's fashion reviewer declares:... More »

Chicago Loses Olympic Bid

(Newser) - So much for the clout of the Obamas and Oprah. Chicago lost its bid to host the 2016 Olympics after being eliminated in today's first round of voting in Copenhagen. Despite personal appeals by the president and first lady, the city got the fewest votes in the International Olympic Committee... More »

Cities That Could Beat Chicago

Rio, Madrid, or Tokyo could leave Obamas empty-handed this week

(Newser) - Barack and Michelle Obama arrive in Denmark tomorrow, hoping to win the 2016 Olympics for their hometown. The Windy City has an impressive bid, proposing events in the city's parks and a lakefront Olympic Village. But three other cities are lobbying hard, and any could get the Games come Friday.... More »

Rio Shines in 2016 Olympics Evaluation; Chicago Not Out Yet

Tokyo deemed insufficiently excited, while Madrid could be logistical nightmare

(Newser) - The International Olympic Committee appears to be bullish on Rio for the 2016 Summer Games, though Chicago, Tokyo, and Madrid remain in the hunt, CNN reports. In an evaluation of the cities released today to members, Rio’s presentation is deemed to be of the “very highest quality.”... More »

Best Cities for Good Eats

Local cuisine is ranked

(Newser) - Paris is for lovers—food lovers. The city came in first on a Forbes list of the world’s best cities for eating well, based on a 2009 survey ranking 50 cities. Notably absent from the top 10 are New York and London, which don’t boast much of a... More »

EU Rules Starve Spanish Vultures

(Newser) - Madrid’s regional government hopes to relax EU laws that call for rotting livestock to be removed from fields—a precaution against mad cow disease—because the removal denies carrion-munching vultures a meal, the AP reports. “When a sheep or cow dies in the countryside,” said one ornithologist,... More »

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