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Spain, Vatican Are in Agreement on Dictator's Remains

Say they'll prevent Gen. Francisco Franco from being reburied under Madrid cathedral

(Newser) - The Spanish government said Tuesday that the Vatican has agreed to jointly find ways to prevent the remains of late Spanish dictator Gen. Francisco Franco from being reburied under a central Madrid cathedral. Relatives of Franco want to reinter his embalmed body in a family crypt under Almudena Cathedral if... More »

136 Years Later, Famous Landmark to Be Completed

Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Spain, finally has necessary permits to be finished

(Newser) - It's taken nearly 140 years of building and two recent years of talks , but it looks like Barcelona's most-visited tourist attraction, the unfinished Sagrada Familia, may finally see its finishing touches put on. The Guardian and New York Times report a $41 million, 10-year deal has been struck... More »

Guilty Doctor Walks Free in 'Stolen Baby' Case

Ines Madrigal won her case, but couldn't get Eduardo Vela imprisoned

(Newser) - Fascism's shadow hung over Spain Monday as a former doctor was found guilty of stealing newborns for infertile couples—but still went unpunished, the BBC reports. A Madrid court ruled that gynecologist Eduardo Vela, 85, had taken newborn Ines Madrigal from her biological mother in 1969 and gave her... More »

Opera's 'Best Soprano' Dead at 85

Spain's Montserrat Caballe dies in Barcelona

(Newser) - Montserrat Caballe, a Spanish opera singer renowned for her bel canto technique and her interpretations of the roles of Rossini, Bellini, and Donizetti, has died, the AP reports. She was 85. Hospital Sant Pau spokesman Abraham del Moral confirmed her death early Saturday. Del Moral says that Caballe's family... More »

Report: Trump Urged Spain to Build Wall Across Sahara

Spanish minister says president offered advice on migrants

(Newser) - Spain's foreign minister says President Trump offered the Spanish government some very Trumpian advice on dealing with an influx of cross-Mediterranean migrants. Josep Borrell says the president suggested building a wall across the Sahara desert, even though only two small enclaves in the region are Spanish territory, the Telegraph... More »

How a Boy Ended Up Living With Wolves for 12 Years

The 'Guardian' profiles Marcos Rodriguez Pantoja

(Newser) - "Marcos Rodríguez still finds it hard to be human." So writes Matthew Bremner in a profile of Marcos Rodríguez Pantoja, a Spaniard who has said he lived with wolves for 12 years beginning at the age of about 7. Bremner's piece for the Guardian focuses... More »

Fascist Dictator to Be Exhumed

Spain's Socialist Party will have former dictator Francisco Franco removed from war memorial

(Newser) - Spain is taking a major step toward dealing with its fascist past by exhuming the body of former dictator Francisco Franco, the Guardian reports. Buried at a monument for the nation's civil-war dead near Madrid, Franco remains a magnet for fascist sympathizers who spread flowers on his grave—but... More »

Hundreds Hurt at Music Fest as Boardwalk Plunges Into Sea

It happened during music festival in Vigo, Spain

(Newser) - It was the final performance of a three-day music and urban sports fest, wrapping up Sunday in Vigo, Spain, but it ended with people plummeting into the sea, blood, and panic. USA Today reports a 130-foot-long portion of a boardwalk collapsed around midnight, sending hundreds into the waters beneath. A... More »

Russia Pulls Off One of Biggest Upsets Ever in World Cup

Russia defeated Spain in a shootout

(Newser) - Russia shockingly eliminated Spain from the World Cup , surviving two hours of dominance by the 2010 champions in a 1-1 draw and then winning a penalty shootout 4-3, AP reports. Russia's captain and goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev saved spot-kicks from Jorge "Koke" Resurreccion and Iago Aspas, while all four... More »

King of Spain's Brother-in-Law Heads to Prison

Inaki Urdangarin was jailed for $7M embezzlement

(Newser) - Spanish prison authorities say that the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI has begun serving a nearly six-year sentence for fraud and tax evasion . An official with the Interior Ministry's prison management division says Inaki Urdangarin arrived Monday morning at a prison near Avila, about 60 miles north... More »

Spanish Princess's Husband Ordered to Head to Prison

Supreme Court upheld Inaki Urdangarin's conviction on Tuesday

(Newser) - Judicial authorities on Wednesday told the brother-in-law of Spain's King Felipe VI that he must report to a prison within five days to serve five years and 10 months for fraud and tax evasion, among other crimes. Inaki Urdangarin, a former Olympic handball medal winner who has been married... More »

Spain: We'll Take Migrants From Ship 2 Countries Rejected

But it's not clear the ship can make the journey

(Newser) - Spain has come to the aid of a ship that was left drifting with no destination after both Italy and Malta refused to take the migrants it's carrying. The Aquarius rescued the 629 migrants, who include 123 unaccompanied minors, 11 other children, and seven pregnant women among them, from... More »

Spain's New Government Makes History in Europe

The new Socialist government has the highest female-to-male ratio ever in Europe

(Newser) - The government cabinet with the highest proportion of female ministers in Spanish and European history was sworn in Thursday, putting the cap on one of the fastest power transitions in Spain's four decades of democratic rule. Per the AP , the new Socialist government of Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez... More »

Scandal Results in Unprecedented Move in Spain

Prime minister is ousted, a first in 40 years of democracy there

(Newser) - Socialist party leader Pedro Sanchez is set to become Spain's new prime minister after a no-confidence vote Friday saw the first ouster of a serving leader by parliament in four decades of democracy and brought a rare success for a center-left party in Europe in recent times. Conservative Mariano... More »

Region Known for Healthy Diet Now Known for Overweight Kids

For children, the 'Mediterranean diet is gone,' says researchers

(Newser) - The Mediterranean diet is seen as one of the world's healthiest. Now, however, a new report suggests a surprising irony: Kids who live in the Mediterranean region are among the most overweight children in the world. For example, 43% of 9-year-old boys and girls in Cyprus are overweight or... More »

Spanish Farmer Gains Fame for Her Likeness to Trump

'It must be the hair,' says Spanish potato farmer

(Newser) - A woman in Spain has found unexpected fame on social media after many found she bore a resemblance to President Trump. A journalist reporting on farming in northwestern Spain posted on Instagram a picture of Dolores Leis dressed in farm clothing with a hoe over her shoulder, prompting thousands of... More »

Circus Truck Crash Causes Animal Welfare Outcry

Spain accident kills 1 elephant, injures 4

(Newser) - Authorities in southern Spain say an elephant has died and four others are recovering from injuries after a circus truck tipped over on a major highway, provoking an outcry among animal rights defenders. The truck overturned on Monday on the highway linking Albacete with Murcia after overtaking another long vehicle,... More »

Bee-Sting Therapy Touted by Gwyneth Paltrow Kills Woman

Spanish woman received acupuncture using live bees every month for 2 years

(Newser) - It may not surprise you to learn that Gwyneth Paltrow has sought to treat her ailments—in this case inflammation and scarring—by subjecting herself to the stings of live bees. "It's a thousands-of-year-old treatment," the Goop mastermind told the New York Times in 2016. "It'... More »

Branding Misfires on Women's Day 2018

McDonald's, Mattel come under criticism, and Spain's women go on strike

(Newser) - Thursday is International Women's Day, an annual event getting more attention than usual in 2018 because it's the first in the wake of the #MeToo movement. As expected, brands ( including McDonald's ) are looking to capitalize, though critics are calling out examples of perceived misfires. Here'... More »

Passengers 'Astonished' by Fellow Flier's Exit Strategy

Ryanair passenger apparently couldn't wait, so he jumped onto plane's wing, witness says

(Newser) - A passenger on a delayed Ryanair flight from London who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane after it landed in the southern Spanish city of Malaga surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing. The incident on New Year's Day... More »

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