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Shakira: I Was Attacked by Wild Boars

Singer says hogs stole her bag in Barcelona

(Newser) - Shakira says she was attacked by a pair of wild hogs. The Colombian singer described the apparent attack in a Barcelona park, where she was walking with her son, on Wednesday in videos posted to her Instagram stories, which are no longer visible. The Grammy winner, who is married to...

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star


Paris Fans
Cheer Their
New Star

Paris Fans Cheer Their New Star

Soccer great Lionel Messi is introduced but doesn't play yet for his new team

(Newser) - Lionel Messi wasn't in the lineup Saturday in Paris, but he was made to feel at home by fans. The newly acquired soccer great was introduced before Paris Saint-Germain's 4-2 victory over Strasbourg, the Sporting News reports. After receiving a standing ovation from the 49,000 fans at...

Europe's Days-Old 'Super League' Craters

Backlash was almost universal; teams withdraw en masse

(Newser) - It was announced Sunday that a lavishly-funded soccer league made up of major, celebrated teams from across Europe was about to launch. Days later, the European Super League looks to be crumbling in front of team supporters' thankful eyes. After all, "many called it the death of soccer,"...

Cruise Ships' Long Trips End: 'There Was Nowhere to Go'

3 vessels still with passengers scheduled to finally dock on Monday amid coronavirus crisis

(Newser) - Believe it or not, there are still three cruise ships filled with passengers on the high seas—but all three are set to finally dock at various ports around the world on Monday, their around-the-globe itineraries thrown into disarray by the coronavirus pandemic. The BBC calls the MSC Magnifica, which...

Her Heart Stopped for 6 Hours. She's Fine

Audrey Schoeman survived remarkably long cardiac arrest thanks to cold weather

(Newser) - Her heart may have stopped beating for as long as six hours. But Audrey Schoeman is perfectly fine, thank you very much. "It's like a miracle except that it's all because of the doctors," says the 34-year-old Brit from Barcelona, who suffered the longest cardiac arrest...

On These Beaches, Cops Hand Out 'Robbery Kits'

Barcelona beaches have a crime problem—and a solution

(Newser) - Going to the beaches of Barcelona? The bad news is that bathers are finding their clothes have been stolen while they're swimming. The good news: Police are handing out so-called "robbery kits" containing a metro ticket, flip-flops, and a pair of shorts to people who find themselves exposed,...

Is That Your Real Hair, or Are You Smuggling Drugs Under a Bad Toupee?

$33K worth of cocaine was quickly spotted on nervous guy arriving in Spain

(Newser) - A nervous-looking man flew from Colombia to Spain with what authorities there describe as an "oversized" toupee beneath his hat. Beneath that hairpiece was roughly a pound of cocaine bundled up and stuck to his head, according to police in Barcelona, who shared before and after images of the...

137 Years Later, Iconic Church Gets a Building Permit

After 137 years, Gaudi's Sagrada Familia basilica will finish construction legally

(Newser) - Architect Antoni Gaudi broke ground on his iconic La Sagrada Familia basilica in 1882, and if he weren't long dead, he might be gratified to know that in the year of our lord 2019 he's finally got a building permit, reports CNN . Still unfinished after 137 years , the...

'Heartless' Prank With Oreo Earns YouTuber Jail Sentence

Kanghua Ren, aka ReSet, filled cookie with toothpaste

(Newser) - A prank called "heartless" and "disgusting" has now earned its perpetrator jail time and a hefty fine. YouTuber ReSet—real name Kanghua Ren—has been given a 15-month jail sentence by a court in Barcelona, Spain, and has to fork over $22,300 to a homeless man after...

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...

Activists Redecorate Columbus Statue

Barcelona statue gets a life jacket protesting plight of migrants, as ship carrying 60 more docks

(Newser) - Activists in Barcelona have dressed a statue of 15th-century explorer Christopher Columbus in an orange life-vest to draw attention to the loss of migrant and refugee lives in the Mediterranean Sea, reports the AP . Two volunteer firefighters on Wednesday climbed the 197-foot monument towering above the northeastern Spanish city and...

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...

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 "...

Thousands Rally in Barcelona— Against Secession

As Spanish PM says he'll stop separatists by any legal means necessary

(Newser) - Thousands of people are rallying Sunday in downtown Barcelona to protest the Catalan government's push for secession from the rest of Spain. Many in the crowd gathered in a central square carried Spanish and Catalan flags. Some chanted "Don't be fooled, Catalonia is Spain" and called for...

Death Toll Rises in Barcelona Attacks

51-year-old German woman has died of injuries

(Newser) - Health authorities in Catalonia say a 51-year-old German woman has died from injuries suffered in the Aug. 17 attack in Barcelona, raising the death toll in attacks there and the nearby coastal town of Cambrils to 16. The woman died Sunday in the intensive care unit of Barcelona's Hospital...

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...

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...

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...

Police Investigate Whether Barcelona Driver Was Killed

Moussa Oukabir may have been killed by police

(Newser) - A police union official says he has been told that Moussa Oukabir, one of the main suspects in the Barcelona and Cambrils van attacks, was killed by officers in Cambrils early Friday. Spanish media are also reporting that Oukabir, 17, was killed and say he is the driver of the...

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...

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