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Barcelona Suspect: We Planned to Blow Up Church, Other Sites

Terror group's mission was partly foiled when Alcanar bomb-making 'factory' blew up

(Newser) - The suspected driver of the van that rammed into crowds in Barcelona is now dead , but details are still emerging about last week's carnage that left 15 dead in two attacks and injured more than 130. The newest development, per the Guardian : A 21-year-old suspect in custody told a... More »

Fugitive Barcelona Suspect Shot Dead by Police

Younes Abouyaaqoub was wearing a bomb belt at the time

(Newser) - A man thought to be the driver in the Barcelona van attack was shot dead by Spanish police Monday after authorities announced he also was suspected of killing the owner of a hijacked getaway car, the AP reports. The fugitive was wearing a bomb belt, authorities said. Younes Abouyaaqoub was... More »

Mom Gives Birth, Then Dies in Freak Elevator Accident

Rocio Cortes Nuñez had just delivered her 3rd child via C-section

(Newser) - A Spanish woman who went to the hospital to birth her third child ended up dead in a horrific accident. The Local reports Rocio Cortes Nuñez delivered a child by C-section on Sunday at Seville's Valme Hospital and was being wheeled from surgery to a recovery room when... More »

800 Checkpoints After Barcelona, One Man Still at Large

Radical imam suspected of leading terror cell that carried out attack

(Newser) - The net has widened in the search for Younes Abouyaaqoub, the Moroccan national now believed to have been the van driver in Thursday's terrorist attack in Barcelona . Officials say that despite 800 police checkpoints in the region, the 22-year-old remains at large and may have fled to another European... More »

Spanish Police: Extremists Planned Massive Explosion

The manhunt is still on for one man believed responsible for the attacks in Spain

(Newser) - Police put up scores of roadblocks across northeast Spain on Sunday in hopes of capturing a fugitive suspect from the 12-member Islamic extremist cell that staged two vehicle attacks and plotted much deadlier carnage using explosives favored by Islamic State militants, the AP reports. Complicating the manhunt, though, was the... More »

American in Barcelona for 1st Anniversary Is Missing

Wife says pair were separated moments before attack

(Newser) - The State Department has confirmed one American was injured in the Barcelona terror attack Thursday, reports ABC News , while NBC Los Angeles reports a California woman is frantically searching for her husband; it's unclear if he might be that individual. Heidi Nunes-Tucker (her last name has also been reported... More »

A Teen Suspect, Fake Suicide Belts, a Change in Plans

12-person cell believed to be behind Barcelona attacks

(Newser) - A huge manhunt is underway in Spain for the driver of a van that plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona , killing 14 people in a terrorist attack claimed by ISIS. Spanish police have named the suspect as 18-year-old Moussa Oukabir, the Guardian reports. The suspect's brother, 28-year-old Moroccan national Driss... More »

Barcelona Victims Came From 24 Countries

Van driver 'pinned as many people as he could'

(Newser) - Thursday's horrific terrorist attack in Barcelona's Las Ramblas tourist district was in some ways an attack on the world: Authorities say citizens of no fewer than 24 countries were among the victims of the attack, which killed 13 people and injured more than 100. One of the dead... More »

Police: 5 Suspects Killed After 2nd Attack in Spain

Attacker drove into pedestrians in Cambrils

(Newser) - Police in Spain say they killed five terror suspects Thursday night during a second terrorist attack hours after a van plowed into pedestrians in Barcelona, killing 13 people and injuring more 100. Police have released few details on the suspects killed in the town of Cambrils, south of Barcelona, though... More »

At Least 13 Dead After Van Hits Barcelona Pedestrians

Police are now reportedly calling it a terrorist attack

(Newser) - At least 13 people are dead after a van drove into a crowd of pedestrians in Barcelona on Thursday, a local official has announced. More than 100 others are injured, CNN reports. Police initially didn't speculate on a motive for the incident, which took place near Las Ramblas, a... More »

Baby Dolphin Dies After People Can't Stop Touching It

It was dead by the time a rescue group arrived

(Newser) - A baby dolphin that beached itself on the shores of Mojacar in southeastern Spain was quickly surrounded by a mob of curious beachgoers, many out for a good selfie, reports Newsweek . The calf was likely sick or had become separated from its mother, and someone called the local emergency number.... More »

Bull Kills Itself After Fiery Torches Put on Horns

It ran head-on into a post at a Spanish festival

(Newser) - A horrifying scene out of a bull festival in Spain has reignited a firestorm—this one a literal one—around the subject of how bull are used as entertainment. The Independent reports on a bull that was tied to a post in front of a "baying" crowd during the... More »

The Brains in Spain Are Small Because of Rain

45 shrunken, naturally preserved brains found in mass grave

(Newser) - "Naturally preserved brains are very rare," Fernando Serrulla tells Reuters . "There are only around 100 documented cases in the world." So imagine the forensic scientist's surprise when 45 naturally preserved brains—shrunken to 20% to 30% their original size but with ridges still visible—were... More »

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 »

American Gored in Scrotum During Running of the Bulls

Ouch

(Newser) - Two Americans and a Spaniard were gored Friday during the first running of the bulls of this year's San Fermin festival, medical officials in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona tell the AP . A 46-year-old Spanish man was undergoing surgery for serious injuries to his head and leg after... More »

Instructor Said 'No Jump.' Teen Heard 'Now Jump'

Spanish court rules in teen's bungee jumping death

(Newser) - A simple mispronunciation possibly cost a teenager her life in a bungee jumping accident, a Spanish appeals court ruled this month. The Independent reports 17-year-old Vera Mol of the Netherlands died in 2015 after jumping from a bridge in Spain before her cord was secured to anything. According to the... More »

Salvador Dali to Be Exhumed Over 'Clandestine Love'

Maria Pilar Abel Martinez says artist had affair with her mother, wants DNA test

(Newser) - Truth may be stranger than fiction, and for Salvador Dali, death is proving just as surreal as life. The famous Spanish painter, who has been in eternal repose since 1989, will be exhumed under a Madrid judge's orders so his DNA can be tested in a paternity suit, the... More »

Distinct Spanish Cider Makes Its Way to US

It's not as sweet as the US stuff, but it's got a growing popularity

(Newser) - In western Spain, cider has been made for centuries along the Atlantic coast to be tart, flat, cloudy with sediment, and "a bit funky tasting"—in high contrast to the sweeter varieties released in the small but growing craft cider market in the US, per NPR . In fact... More »

Catalonia Vows to Hold 'Illegal' Vote to Leave Spain

The Spanish government says it won't let the vote happen

(Newser) - Catalonia's regional government on Friday chose Oct. 1 as the date for a referendum on a split from Spain, stepping up the confrontation with the country's central government, which sees the vote as illegal, the AP reports. Regional president Carles Puigdemont said Catalans will be asked to answer... More »

Divers Made Decision That Prevented Certain 'Suicide'

Xisco Gracia survived 60 hours in air pocket after sending partner for help

(Newser) - A wise decision by two expert divers saved both of their lives, though one of them had to hold tight for 60 hours, 130 feet below the surface, experiencing hopelessness and hallucinations. The BBC reports on the extraordinary ordeal of Xisco Gracia, who was diving with a partner Saturday off... More »

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