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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 »

Restorers Surprised by What They Found in Jesus' Butt

Statue's posterior contains 240-year-old time capsule

(Newser) - It turns out Jesus' butt has a lot to teach us about life in 18th century Spain. A wooden statue of Jesus on the cross hanging in the Church of Santa Agueda in Sotillo de la Ribera, Spain, was old and in need of fixing up, Science Alert reports. According... More »

Catalan 5 Out of Jail, Must Stay in Belgium

Ousted leader Carles Puigdemont criticizes 'unjust' actions by Spain

(Newser) - Ousted Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four close allies have been conditionally released by Belgian authorities but cannot leave Belgium without prior consent. The five voluntarily turned themselves in to authorities on Sunday, days after Spain had issued a European arrest warrant. A statement from the prosecutor's office says... More »

Catalonia's Ousted Prez Turns Self In

Carles Puigdemont, 4 other former officials surrender to Belgian authorities

(Newser) - Carles Puigdemont, the former leader of Catalonia wanted on an arrest warrant issued by Spain, has turned himself in to Belgian authorities, reports the BBC . He was accompanied by four other former high-ranking officials who were also ousted after Spain imposed direct rule on the region; all were wanted on... More »

Ousted Catalan Leader Fled Spain, Now Faces Arrest Abroad

Spain issues international arrest warrant for Carles Puigdemont, aides

(Newser) - A Spanish judge issued an international arrest warrant on Friday for former members of the Catalan Cabinet who were last seen in Brussels, including the ousted separatist leader Carles Puigdemont, who said he was prepared to run for his old job even while battling extradition in Belgium. The AP reports... More »

Catalan Leaders in Crosshairs After Independence Push

Spain is looking to bring Carles Puigdemont, others up on rebellion, sedition, embezzlement charges

(Newser) - Spain's state prosecutor says it's seeking charges of rebellion, sedition, and embezzlement for members of the ousted Catalan Cabinet and the governing body of the regional parliament that allowed a vote to declare independence last week. The crimes can be punished, respectively, with up to 30, 15, and... More »

Catalans Plan Wave of Civil Disobedience

Civil servants expected to defy rule from Madrid

(Newser) - After lawmakers in Catalonia voted in favor of independence Friday, the Spanish government was aghast, quickly triggering unprecedented constitutional measures to fire the regional government and take direct control of many of Catalonia's affairs in order to thwart secession. But some separatist-minded Catalans have vowed to carry out a... More »

In Spain, a Wave of Pro-Unionists Rally

As Madrid moves to impose order after declaration of Catalan independence

(Newser) - Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many carrying Spanish and official "senyera" Catalan flags, have gathered on a central Barcelona boulevard in a call for Spain's unity. The atmosphere was festive, reports the AP , as many cheered politicians and central government officials who joined the march. Some chanted "... More »

Big Decision for Spain: Rebellion Charges Next?

Catalonia's Carles Puigdemont urges peaceful opposition to Madrid's rule

(Newser) - Catalonia's separatist leader called on Catalans to peacefully oppose Spain's takeover, in an appearance Saturday that seemed to convey he refuses to accept his firing by central authorities, per the AP . Carles Puigdemont said in a brief statement that appeared to be pre-recorded that "we will continue... More »

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