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Crossbow-Wielding Boy in Spain Kills Teacher: Reports

4 others reported injured; details still hazy

(Newser) - A teen armed with a crossbow killed a teacher this morning in a rare attack in Spain, according to reports. The teen, who has been arrested, is said to be 13 years old, reports the BBC , which notes that the age of criminal responsibility in Spain is 14. It's... More »

Spain's New Gag Law Gets Ghostly Protest

Protesters beam in holograms to protest crackdown on protests

(Newser) - Spain is rolling out what RT calls a "draconian" new law that drastically limits the rights of protesters, so protesters came up with a pretty unique way to, well, protest: They beamed in holograms of themselves in front of the building that's home to the lower house of... More »

'World's Scariest Walkway' Open Again

Spanish cliffside path dizzying but no longer deadly

(Newser) - The stunning cliffside walkway in Spain once known as one of the world's most dangerous is a lot safer now, authorities say—but still no place for the fainthearted. The recently reopened Caminito del Rey trail includes 2 miles of thin boardwalks that hang 300 feet over the Guadalhorce... More »

Scientists: Cervantes' Lost Remains Are Found

But his bones may be impossible to identify

(Newser) - The lost remains of Don Quixote author Miguel de Cervantes may have finally been found nearly 400 years after the writer's death—and a year after experts began searching for them. Experts working at Madrid's Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians used ground-penetrating radar among other technology to identify... More »

American Gored Horrifically in Bullfighting Festival

Surgeon: 'Biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on'

(Newser) - Running bulls and thousands of inebriated tourists: Once again, not a particularly wise combination, and the latest victim is a 20-year-old man from Georgia who has what his Spanish surgeon calls "the biggest goring wound I've ever had to operate on." Benjamin Miller underwent three hours of... More »

Early Humans Ate Animals We Call Pets

Human bite marks found on small-carnivore remains

(Newser) - Europeans have dined on dogs, foxes, badgers, and wild cats, a new study says—although admittedly it's been a while. Researchers base this on ancient small-carnivore remains discovered in a Spanish cave, the Telegraph reports. Dating back 3,100 to 7,200 years, the remains show signs of human... More »

Spain's Ex-King Faces Paternity Suit

Belgian woman says Juan Carlos is her father

(Newser) - Being an ex-king has its drawbacks, Spain's Juan Carlos has discovered. He enjoyed immunity from prosecution during his 39 years on the throne, but since he handed the crown to his son Felipe last year, two paternity suits have made it into the courts. One from a Spanish man... More »

In Spain, a Princess Is Headed to Trial

Princess Cristina, husband indicted on fraud charges

(Newser) - Spain's Princess Cristina was indicted on tax fraud charges today—a severe setback to efforts by her brother King Felipe VI to rid the royalty of image problems after his scandal-plagued father abdicated six months ago . Cristina is the first royal ordered to stand trial since the monarchy was... More »

Eccentric Duchess More 'Noble' Than Elizabeth Dead at 88

World's most titled person loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing

(Newser) - Spain's Duchess of Alba, the world's most titled person, died today at her 14th century palace in Seville after battling pneumonia. Officially Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, the eccentric duchess who loved bull-fighting, flamenco dancing, and fishnet tights, was as Reuters... More »

Archaeologists Search for Slain Playwright's Remains

But search for Federico Garcia Lorca's body won't involve digging

(Newser) - A Spanish official describes finding the remains of playwright Federico Garcia Lorca "like finding a needle in a haystack"—and the search for that needle has begun. Archaeologists yesterday kicked off a 10-day inspection of a 3,200-square-foot plot of land where they believe Garcia Lorca may have... More »

Lost Pics of Che Guevara's Body Turn Up

8 B&W photos show the Cuban revolutionary's body shortly after 1967 execution

(Newser) - Marc Hutten was the AFP photographer who took pictures of Ernesto "Che" Guevara shortly after he was executed by the Bolivian army on Oct. 9, 1967. The world has already seen Hutten's rare color photos of the Cuban revolutionary's body—and now we'll get to see... More »

2M Catalans Diss Spain, Vote in Declawed Poll

Most in favor of independence, but many more stay home

(Newser) - About 1.6 million people in Spain's northeastern region of Catalonia voted yesterday in favor of breaking away from the country in a mock independence poll, but more Catalans avoided voting, either because of the poll's questionable legality or their opposition to secession. Results released early this morning,... More »

Tourist Dies Taking Bridge Selfie

Polish student Sylwia Rajchel, 23, fell off bridge during 'dream vacation' to Spain

(Newser) - Vacationing in Spain was 23-year-old Sylwia Rajchel's dream, says her mother. But that dream turned into a nightmare this week when the Polish medical student posed to take a selfie on the Puente de Triana bridge in Seville, lost her footing, and fell 15 feet to her death, reports... More »

Catalonia Ignores Spain, Will Vote on Independence

Spanish region to hold straw poll despite court order

(Newser) - The back-and-forth over a Catalan independence vote continues: Yesterday Catalonia said it would move forward with a straw poll on Sunday despite opposition from Spain's Constitutional Court, the New York Times reports. The poll had already been downgraded to a "consultation" with voters, CNN reports; the court's... More »

Spain: Nurse Wins Battle With Ebola

Blood test shows no signs of virus in Teresa Romero

(Newser) - An initial test shows that a nursing assistant who became infected with Ebola in Spain is now clear of all traces of the virus nearly two weeks after she was hospitalized, authorities said today. Teresa Romero, 44, is the first person known to have contracted the disease outside West Africa... More »

Catalonia Scraps Independence Vote

Leaders say they'll consult citizens another way

(Newser) - Spain is definitely staying in one piece, for now: The government of Catalonia has decided to call off a vote on independence for the wealthy region that was scheduled for Nov. 9, reports AFP . The Spanish government declared the non-binding referendum unconstitutional last month, and Catalan leaders, who plan to... More »

Cave Paintings Change Story of Ancient Art

Indonesian art goes back at least 39K years

(Newser) - A closer look at cave paintings in Indonesia may redraw the map of prehistoric art and show us that the world's first artists were in Africa, National Geographic reports. An article in Nature says that cave paintings on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, once considered up to 12,000... 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 »

Spain Mystified as to How Nurse Contracted Ebola

She had only entered patient's room twice

(Newser) - How did a Spanish nurse get the first case of Ebola contracted outside West Africa? Though she treated a priest who was suffering from the virus, she only entered his room twice, Spain's public health head says—once to change the patient's diaper, and once after he had... More »

Nurse Treats Missionary, Gets Ebola

Spanish woman is 1st to contract disease outside of Africa

(Newser) - A nurse in Spain has come down with Ebola, making her the first victim of the current outbreak to not contract the disease in Africa, the BBC reports. Health officials say she began feeling sick last week after treating Manuel Viejo, a Spanish priest who got Ebola in Sierra Leone... More »

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