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Cocaine Transport Device: Fake Bananas

2 Spanish men have been arrested

(Newser) - Spanish police have arrested two men for allegedly transporting large quantities of cocaine inside fake bananas, the AP reports. Spain's civil guard made the arrests Sunday after an investigation was started in November when agents discovered the drugs in a shipment of bananas. Among the real bananas, police found... More »

Ancient Spanish Cave-Dwellers Ate People

But it's unclear why they turned to cannibalism 10K years ago

(Newser) - The first evidence of cannibalism in Mesolithic Spain has been found, a study published in this month's Journal of Anthropological Archaeology reveals. That evidence comes in the form of 30 human remains discovered in a cave at the Coves de Santa Maria. The remains are between 9,000 and... More »

Huge Group of Dine-and-Dashers Leaves Behind $13K in Unpaid Checks

The group of up to 200 revelers are targeting restaurants in Spain

(Newser) - All hail the new kings of the dine and dash. Authorities and restaurateurs in northwest Spain are on the lookout after a huge group of hungry people is suspected of skating out on massive bills around the region. One such incident happened Feb. 27 at the Carmen Hotel in Bembibre,... More »

Startup Bucks Tradition With Neon-Blue Wine

Regulators are not pleased with Gik

(Newser) - To respect the rules of the game or break them? Sometimes, that is the question. And a startup in Spain has just learned that at least in the world of wine, rule-breaking is rather frowned upon. Last year, Gïk challenged Spain's wine establishment by rolling out a neon-blue... More »

Barcelona's New Tourism Plan: Keep Tourists Out

Make that anti-tourism plan?

(Newser) - While many cities would welcome 32 million annual visitors, Barcelona has had quite enough of tourists, thank you very much. Though tourism represents 14% of the Spanish city's economy, a tourism plan presented by Mayor Ada Colau this week lays out measures meant to dissuade tourists from rubbing elbows... More »

This Might Be the Most Unusual Little Island on the Planet

Pheasant Island is the subject of a centuries-old custody arrangement

(Newser) - There's a tiny island on the border between France and Spain where it is possible to go to sleep in one country, not move an inch, and wake up in the other. Well, it would be possible if it were legal to visit the island, but alas, at less... More »

Spanish Princess Won't Be a Spanish Prisoner

Princess Cristina was found not guilty in tax case, but her husband is going to prison

(Newser) - In a tax fraud case that captivated Spain, Princess Cristina was found not guilty Friday of being an accessory to fraud, but her husband was convicted and sentenced to more than six years in prison. A panel of judges ruled that Cristina, the 51-year-old sister of King Felipe VI, has... More »

Woman Becomes Spain's Second Oldest to Give Birth

64-year-old delivers twins in Burgos

(Newser) - A 64-year-old has become the second oldest woman ever to give birth in Spain. The woman, identified only by her initials MIA, received fertility treatment in the US before giving birth to twins—a 5.3-pound boy and 4.8-pound girl—via Caesarean section in the Spanish city of Burgos,... More »

40K Separatists at Catalonia Pol's Trial: 'You Are Not Alone'

Ex-regional leader Artur Mas in hot seat in Spain for arranging 2014 independence vote

(Newser) - In 2014, the ex-leader of Catalonia helped set up a vote on independence from Spain—and on Monday, 40,000 protesters stood up for him outside a Barcelona court. The New York Times reports on the start of the trial for Artur Mas, who was charged with civil disobedience for... More »

Nun Says Sex Is Such a Gift That Even Mary Probably Had It

Sister Lucia Caram's remarks aren't going over well

(Newser) - Mary was in love with Joseph and they probably had sex—full stop. That's the general gist of what a popular Dominican nun known for her huge Twitter following and recipes she whips up in her Catalan convent said on Spanish TV Sunday, and it's causing a whole... More »

Want to Contact the White House? It's Not Easy

Callers told to use Facebook Messenger, but that's not possible

(Newser) - If you'd like to send a message to the White House, you might want to get your smoke signals handy: As of Monday, those calling a White House phone line for public comments were told that the line had been closed. Callers were instead directed to leave a comment... More »

After 14 Years of Playing 66513, They Won World's Biggest Lottery

It's that day each year when you wish you were a Spaniard

(Newser) - There was much celebration in Madrid Thursday after all the tickets with the top prize-winning number in Spain's $2.4 billion Christmas lottery were sold in one city neighborhood. The number 66513 appeared on 1,650 tickets in the lottery known as El Gordo ("The Fat One"),... More »

Cops: 'Macabre' Tattoo Key to Solving Woman's Murder

Police found unknown date of death on boyfriend's arm

(Newser) - Spanish police had not yet identified the date a 20-year-old woman had been murdered in her apartment in Freyung, Germany—until they noticed her boyfriend had tattooed a date of death on his arm, along with the woman's name, reports the BBC . Thanks to that apparent clue, authorities now... More »

Mom Births 3rd Kid at 62, Feels Awesome

Lina Alvarez shakes off criticism that she's too old

(Newser) - Lina Alvarez had her second child through IVF treatment at the age of 52, but "I always wanted to be a mother again." Last Monday, her wish came true when the 62-year-old doctor gave birth to a baby girl weighing 5.2 pounds via Caeserean section at a... More »

One-Eyed Matador Gored Again

Luckily for Juan Jose Padilla, it was at or near the same eye as last time

(Newser) - Five years almost to the day after he was gored in the eye by a bull, Spanish matador Juan Jose Padilla was gored in virtually the same spot again—but he won't need to buy a second eye patch. At a bullfight in Zaragoza Saturday, the 43-year-old was gored... More »

Parents Freak When They Get Son's $110K Google Bill

Spanish boy signed up for wrong advertising program

(Newser) - If you're going to try to monetize yourself online, make sure you carefully read the fine print. Or ask your mom or dad, as a 12-year-old boy in Spain should've done; instead, he mistakenly racked up a $110,000 or so Google bill. NBC News reports on the... More »

Jamie Oliver Put Sausage in Paella, Spain Freaked Out

Everyone knows not to put chorizo in traditional dish, right?

(Newser) - Jamie Oliver has managed to "offend a whole nation," Stuff.co.nz reports—and he did it with pork sausage. The celebrity chef posted on Twitter what the Telegraph calls an "unorthodox" recipe for paella —a hodgepodge of rice, meats, veggies, and spices—incurring the wrath... More »

Barcelona Officials Want to Rip Down Columbus Statue

Barcelona council members say it glorifies colonialism, explorer's 'conquest of America'

(Newser) - Just a couple of years after the Statue of Liberty was dedicated in New York Harbor, a statue of Christopher Columbus was erected to grace Barcelona's skyline—and while the former represents freedom and friendship, local council members say the latter should be torn down for symbolizing the worst... More »

Dog Waiting for Owner Outside Hospital Is Very Good Dog

Maya is holding a solitary vigil in Spain

(Newser) - The Telegraph has the story of a very good dog in Spain who is waiting patiently outside a hospital while her owner recovers from emergency appendix surgery inside. As of Friday, Maya the 2-year-old Akita Inu had been sitting outside the hospital's doors for six days. Her owner's... 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 »

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