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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 »

In Early Image of Jesus, He's Got No Beard

Archaeologists in Spain find 4th-century engraving

(Newser) - Jesus shaved. Archaeologists in Spain have unearthed what they say is one of the earliest images of him, but you wouldn't know it from a quick glance. The engraving on a glass plate from the 4th century depicts a short-haired Jesus without a beard; he's joined by two... More »

Catalonia's Quest for Independence Hits Roadblock

Court suspends vote as Spanish PM rejects it

(Newser) - This weekend, the leader of Spain's Catalonia region officially approved a vote on independence Nov. 9—but the Spanish government has quickly come down against it. Today, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said the referendum, at odds with the country's constitution, couldn't be held, the New York Times... More »

Another Person Injured by Ice Bucket Challenge

Guy hired firefighting plane to dump almost 400 gallons of water on him

(Newser) - Belgian photographer and skydiver Bruno Brokken may have misjudged the amount of water he planned to dump on himself in his version of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge … by just a smidge. The Independent reports that he commissioned a firefighting plane to unleash almost 400 gallons of water on... More »

Parents Who Yanked Son From Hospital in UK Arrested

Ashya King, 5, suffers from brain cancer

(Newser) - When Brett and Naghmeh King pulled their 5-year-old son, Ashya , who is suffering from brain cancer, out of a British hospital, international authorities launched a hunt for the family. This weekend, the parents were arrested in Malaga, Spain, CNN reports; their charges may include cruelty. They headed to France with... More »

Food Fight! Tomato Throwers Unload in Spain

Annual Spanish fiesta takes place amid local pols' objections about privatization

(Newser) - Corruption, alleged sweetheart deals, political infighting—exactly what you'd expect from a Spanish festival in which scantily clad participants gulp down sangria and paella and hurl tomatoes at each other. The annual Tomatina fiesta—sometimes referred to as the "world's biggest food fight"—took place today... More »

Ebola Killed 45 in 3 Days; Toll Nears 1K

Virus has now claimed 932, with 1.7K cases: WHO

(Newser) - The death toll from the Ebola outbreak in West Africa has risen to 932, the World Health Organization says. Most of the new deaths are coming from Liberia and Sierra Leone. The outbreak emerged in March in Guinea and shows no sign of slowing down. Among the latest news:
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Spain Crowns Its New King

Felipe becomes king as nation exits World Cup

(Newser) - Spain's Prince Felipe became King Felipe VI at midnight as the abdication of his father , King Juan Carlos, became official. The occasion was fairly low-key, with no foreign heads of state present and no huge state banquet, which the palace says was "in keeping with the criteria of... More »

Spain's King Juan Carlos Steps Down

76-year-old passes throne to Prince Felipe

(Newser) - At 76, Spain's King Juan Carlos is abdicating after four decades, handing the throne to his son, Prince Felipe. "A new generation must be at the forefront," he said in a nationally televised address. Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced the move today, calling on the courts to... More »

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