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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 »

Baby Fed Almond Milk Ends Up With Scurvy

Baby in Spain didn't get enough vitamin C, got rare disease instead

(Newser) - Doctors examining an 11-month-old baby who was cranky, wailed whenever someone tried to move his legs, and couldn't walk came up with a diagnosis that would've been more likely on an 18th-century ship than in a modern-day clinic. The infant in Spain had scurvy , caused by insufficient vitamin... More »

Spanish Princess Goes on Trial for Fraud

Landmark case could sent Cristina to prison for 8 years

(Newser) - Princess Cristina and her husband arrived at court on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca on Monday for the start of a historic trial that marks the first time a member of Spain's royal family has faced criminal charges since the monarchy was restored in 1975. The 50-year-old Cristina is... More »

School's Fundraising Effort Ends in $327M Windfall

The El Gordo lottery takes Spain once again

(Newser) - It's time for the annual story that makes you wish you were Spanish. Spain has once again held its famous El Gordo lottery, doling out a total $2.4 billion to its people, reports the AP . Number 79140 was the big winner this year; the Telegraph reports that 160... More »

Spain Election Puts Ruling Party on the Brink

The Popular Party may not have enough votes to hold on

(Newser) - A strong showing Sunday by a pair of upstart parties in Spain's general election upended the country's traditional two-party system, with the ruling Popular Party winning the most votes but falling far short of a parliamentary majority and at risk of being booted from power. Days or weeks... More »

Spain PM Gets Punched in Face by a Teen

Youth arrested after attack during campaign event

(Newser) - Spain's prime minister was punched in the face by a teenager too young to vote as he strolled through a Galician town for a campaign event. The 17-year-old, who was arrested soon after punching Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, told police he was happy he had done it, reports BuzzFeed... More »

Artist Who Etched Ancient Rock Broke All the Rules

Scientists say 13.8K-year-old Paleolithic slab from Spain may show a campsite

(Newser) - A picture of what's believed to be crudely drawn huts on a stone slab has scientists excited, despite its seemingly rudimentary style—or, rather, because of it. Archaeologists say the rock etching found at the Moli del Salt site in Spain is about 13,800 years old and breaks... More »

After 20 Years, 'Dead' Doctor Found Living as Hermit

But the man, IDed as a Spaniard holed up in the woods of Tuscany, is gone again

(Newser) - For years, locals had reported seeing a "silent stranger" in the forests of Tuscany, Italy, per ITV News . His identity may finally have come to light after two mushroom pickers say they found the camp of a man with a "dirty face and large beard" in a heavily... More »

Catalonia Defies Spain, Approves Secession Plan

Regional parliament sets up road map to break away from central government

(Newser) - The regional parliament of northeastern Catalonia approved a plan Monday to set up a road map for independence from Spain by 2017, in defiance of the central government. The Barcelona-based chamber passed the motion by 72 votes to 63. The proposal was tabled by pro-secession lawmakers from the Together for... More »

Could Spain Split Up? Separatists Win Big Victory

'We ask that the world recognize the victory of Catalonia'

(Newser) - The world should get ready to welcome a new European country with Barcelona as its capital, according to separatist leaders in Catalonia. Pro-independence parties won an absolute majority in the 135-seat regional parliament on Sunday, which they say is a mandate to separate from Spain and form a Catalan nation,... More »

Happy Ending for Refugee Tripped by Camerawoman

Spain offers him a job

(Newser) - A happy ending for the Syrian refugee who was filmed being tripped by a camerawoman in Hungary: Osama Abdul Mohsen is now in Spain, and he's been offered a new job. Members of Spain's Cenafe national soccer coaching center heard that Abdul Mohsen had coached soccer in Syria,... More »

Town Thinks Ancient Tomb Is Picnic Table, 'Fixes' It

Archaeologist calls it a "monumental error"

(Newser) - Usually municipal workers taking the initiative to replace a broken picnic table would be heralded as a minor civic victory. However, that's less the case when the "broken picnic table" was actually a 6,000-year-old tomb under government protection. NPR reports the tomb is believed to have been... More »

France Train Gunman 'Dumbfounded' by Terrorist Claim

Ayoub el Khazzani wasn't out to kill people, lawyer says

(Newser) - The gunman accused of attempting mass-murder on a French train is apparently "dumbfounded" that people are taking him for an Islamic terrorist. His lawyer, Sophie David, describes 26-year-old Moroccan Ayoub el Khazzani as a hungry man planning to rob people for food money, Reuters reports. "(I saw) somebody... More »

Spain's $1.2B 'Ghost Airport' Could Sell—for $11K

Bankrupt airport, symbol of nation's bust, attracts lone offer—and it's measly

(Newser) - One of Spain's "ghost airports"—expensive projects that were virtually unused—received just one bid in a bankruptcy auction after costing some $1.2 billion to build. The buyer's offer: $10,800. Ciudad Real's Central airport, about 150 miles south of Madrid, became a symbol... More »

Spanish Mayor Makes Afternoon Nap the Law

In Ador, the siesta is mandatory (or at least strongly suggested)

(Newser) - If you're planning to visit the town of Ador, Spain, timing is everything. Get there between the hours of 2 and 5pm, and you'll find nothing open and nobody to chat with—they'll likely be snoozing by decree of the mayor. Joan Faus Vitòria has declared... More »

Sunken Ship's Treasures to Go Up for Auction

Jewelry from the Nuestra Senora de Atocha will likely fetch big bucks

(Newser) - A solid gold chain and an intricate gold-and-enamel spoon are among items pulled from the wreckage of a 400-year-old Spanish galleon that will be auctioned off next month. Nuestra Senora de Atocha went down in a violent hurricane in 1622 near the Florida Keys laden with New World gold while... More »

Guess Which Country Has 2nd-Most Spanish Speakers

Mexico has the most, with 121 million

(Newser) - Not speaking or studying Spanish yet? Then this might inspire you: The US now has the second-largest Spanish-speaking population outside of Mexico, according to a new study reported in the Guardian . According to Instituto Cervantes , a non-profit that promotes Spanish language and culture, the US now has 41 million native... More »

Spanish Town Decides 'Kill Jews' Isn't Great Name

The Castrillo Matajudios name dates back to the Spanish Inquisition

(Newser) - The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios—which means "Camp Kill Jews"—officially changed its name today back to the original Castrillo Mota de Judios ("Jews' Hill Camp") following a referendum and regional government approval. The village of about 50 inhabitants voted to change the name... More »

US Judge: Museum Can Keep Nazi-Seized Art

He rules against Jewish woman's heirs

(Newser) - A federal judge in California has dealt a blow to a Jewish family's prolonged battle to regain ownership of a painting now on display in a museum in Spain that was seized from a woman fleeing Nazi Germany in 1939. The judge found that under Spanish law, the Thyssen-Bornemisza... More »

Bullfighter Gored Again, This Time in the Jugular

Wound to neck damaged artery, says doctor

(Newser) - One stick in the thigh with a bull horn wasn't enough to stop Spanish bullfighter Torero Jiménez Fortes. One of three matadors gored at an event last year, Fortes, 25, is in serious condition after he was again gored at the Feria de San Isidro bullfighting festival—this... More »

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