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As the Bulls Run, Another Kind of Violence in Pamplona: Rape

At least 15 reports of sexual violence so far at this year's San Fermin fest

(Newser) - Bulls goring humans in Pamplona isn't the only form of violence making headlines at this year's San Fermin festival. At least 15 cases of sexual assault, including four rapes and one attempted rape, and 15 arrests have been reported since the festival started July 6, drawing attention... More »

Bullfighter Gored to Death on Live TV

Victor Barrio is first to die in ring in more than 3 decades

(Newser) - A Spanish bullfighter was gored to death Saturday on live television in a horror not seen in the ring in more than three decades, reports the AP . Victor Barrio, 29, was pronounced dead late Saturday by a surgeon at the Teruel bullring. Barrio was first gored in the thigh by... More »

Another Blow for Messi—This Time in Court

He's guilty of tax fraud but likely won't serve jail time

(Newser) - Another blow for Lionel Messi: The star soccer player was sentenced to 21 months in jail for tax fraud in a Barcelona court Wednesday, but don't expect that to keep him from the soccer field. Messi is unlikely to serve time behind bars since jail sentences under two... More »

City Fires Men Who Didn't Go to Work for Up to 15 Years

They were still collecting their paychecks

(Newser) - Two government workers in Spain were fired this week when it was discovered they may not have done any actual work in 15 years despite continuing to collect their paychecks, the Independent reports. The town of Jerez de la Frontera's HR department discovered the men hadn't been to... More »

Woman Busted in Plot to Kill Stephen Hawking

She had maps and documents detailing her astronomy-festival scheme

(Newser) - An American woman was arrested Wednesday in Spain for sending dozens of death threats to Stephen Hawking then trailing him to an astronomy festival in the Canary Islands, Gizmodo reports. According to El Pais , the unnamed 37-year-old woman lives in Norway and has no previous criminal record. Authorities were tipped... More »

This Is What Happens When a Shepherd Falls Asleep

Baaaaad sheep

(Newser) - A YouTube video proves why you should never fall asleep on the job—particularly if you have 1,300 sheep in your care. A resident in the Spanish city of Huesca called police around 4:30am Tuesday to report a herd of sheep making its way through the city streets,... More »

Facebook, Microsoft to Run Mega-Cable From Va. to Spain

MAREA will be the highest-capacity trans-Atlantic cable yet

(Newser) - Virginia Beach soon be tethered to Bilbao, Spain, thanks to what Computerworld calls "an epic shift that will change everything." A joint initiative between Facebook, Microsoft, and an overseas telecommunications company, the 4,100-mile-plus MAREA subsea cable will be the highest-capacity cable to span the Atlantic, with an... 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 »

Swimsuit Model on Trial in Millionaire's Death

Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush 3 times, prosecutors say

(Newser) - A Slovakian model on trial in the fatal shooting of her British millionaire ex-boyfriend tearfully testified Monday that he pulled out a pistol and it went off while they struggled for it, the AP reports. Prosecutors say Maria Kukucova shot Andrew Bush twice in the head and once in the... More »

Man in HBO's Sights for Leaking Game of Thrones Secrets

They call him the 'Spanish Spoiler'

(Newser) - Prison is coming (perhaps) for a guy who has been spilling spoilers for upcoming Game of Thrones episodes, US News reports. The man, who IDed himself in an English-speaking YouTube video as 43-year-old Jose Senaris from Spain, says he's a digestive surgeon who also writes for a well-known Spanish... More »

Vandals Target Spanish Town That Changed Its Anti-Semitic Name

Camp Kill Jews became Jews' Hill Camp in 2014

(Newser) - An ancient Spanish town that voted to change its name because it was deemed anti-Semitic has come under attack from extremist groups who have daubed the town's signposts and buildings with offensive right-wing symbols and messages protesting the change, the AP reports. The village of some 50 inhabitants voted... More »

Workers Laying Pipes Unearth Coins—1,300 Pounds of Them

Their mint condition suggests they were never in circulation

(Newser) - What should've been a simple maintenance project involving new water pipes in Spain has become something else entirely. Construction workers near Seville Wednesday stumbled upon about 1,300 pounds of bronze Roman coins from the third and fourth centuries crammed into 19 ancient amphoras, the AFP reports. The Washington ... More »

Spain PM Wants to Ditch Siestas

Most Spaniards would actually be OK with change

(Newser) - Spain is once again considering a move once considered unthinkable: doing away with the midday siesta to shorten the workday. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy recently announced that he is looking into doing away with the long break in the workday, which is blamed for Spanish workers having one of the... More »

Bus Carrying Exchange Students Crashes, Kills 14

Exchange students were reportedly returning from fireworks festival in Spain

(Newser) - A Spanish official says a bus carrying university students back from a fireworks festival has crashed in northeast Spain, killing 14 passengers and injuring 30, reports the AP . There were 57 people aboard, adds the BBC , the majority of them exchange students. Jordi Jane, spokesman for Spain's northeastern Catalonia... More »

Spanish Town Opens Botched-Fresco Center

They're trying to revive interest in terrible restoration

(Newser) - More than three years after a botched fresco restoration by an octogenarian painter became a major tourist attraction for a northern Spanish town, local officials are looking to inject new life into the phenomenon by opening a center that celebrates the fresco, the AP reports. Borja Mayor Eduardo Arilla says... More »

Castle Restoration Called a 'Heritage Massacre'

Critics outraged at the work in Spain

(Newser) - Remember the botched "restoration" of Spanish fresco Ecce Homo back in 2012? Well, this might top it. Having stood for more than 1,000 years, Matrera Castle in Cadiz was looking a bit worse for wear when officials decided to restore the National Monument three years ago. Now, people... More »

20K Military Uniforms Meant for ISIS Are Intercepted

There were enough uniforms 'to equip an entire army': Spain

(Newser) - Spanish authorities seized containers holding about 20,000 military uniforms and other supplies last month from two port towns, all destined for ISIS and Nusra Front jihadi fighters, the country's Interior Ministry said Thursday in a statement. It was contraband said to be able to "equip an entire... More »

Man Skips Work for 6 Years, No One Notices

He was discovered when he was due an award for his service

(Newser) - A 69-year-old Spanish man was fined this week after officials discovered he hadn't shown up to work for at least six years, the Guardian reports. Ironically, the civil servant was discovered only when the deputy mayor attempted to give him an award for 20 years of "loyal and... More »

Adopted Girl Killed, Her Parents Convicted. What Happened?

Spaniards Rosario Porto, Alfonso Basterra had 'idyllic family'—until it shattered

(Newser) - In June 2001, Rosario Porto and Alfonso Basterra traveled to China from their home in northern Spain to adopt a baby girl. Some 12 years later, authorities say, the couple—described variously as model parents and "two of the most selfish people I have met"—drugged and smothered... More »

Pic of Baby in Bullfighting Ring Has Spain Seeing Red

Matador posts controversial photo

(Newser) - Even if Spain celebrates "Take Your Child to Work Day" like we do, people are shocked over a matador's decision to bring his infant daughter into the bullfighting ring. Francisco Rivera Ordonez, called the "David Beckham of bullfighting" in the Sydney Morning Herald , is catching heat for... More »

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