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Toll Rises in Spain's Flooding

Thousands have been rescued by helicopters and boats

(Newser) - Record rainfall claimed two more lives in southeastern Spain as it caused widespread flooding, raising the overall death toll to six from the storms, authorities said Saturday. Emergency rescue workers saved thousands of people during the storm that slammed into the Mediterranean coastal regions of Valencia, Murcia and eastern Andalusia,... More »

Singer Dies in Onstage Fireworks Explosion

Joana Sainz Garcia was only 30 years old

(Newser) - A Spanish singer lost her life Sunday when an exploding firework struck her onstage and left the audience in stunned silence, the BBC reports. Joana Sainz Garcia was performing near Madrid with a 15-member group of musicians, singers, and dancers when the cartridge knocked her unconscious at about 2am local... More »

Kids Get 'Werewolf Syndrome' After Drug Plant Mix-Up

Stomach medicine was contaminated with hair growth drug

(Newser) - Parents in Spain have been relieved to discover that the "werewolf syndrome" affecting their children is reversible—and has nothing do to with the full moon. Authorities say that a mix-up at a drug company led to parents giving their children minoxidil, a drug used to treat hair loss,... More »

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,... More »

After Man Dumps Fridge in Ravine, Cops Get Last Laugh

The culprit had to drag it back up

(Newser) - Let the punishment fit the crime? That's what police in Spain did when they forced a man to drag a refrigerator up a deep ravine. Police say the 24-year-old is the person seen in viral footage tipping a fridge down the ravine in Almería. "We're going... More »

Dirt-Filled Boxes Enable $370K Amazon Scam: Report

James Gilbert Kwarteng is accused of sending the online retailer returns in dirt-filled boxes

(Newser) - Talk about audacious: A man in Spain is accused of scamming Amazon out of $370,000 by returning items in dirt-filled boxes, Fox Business reports. According to Spanish newspapers, 22-year-old James Gilbert Kwarteng weighed the refilled boxes to match the product weight and received his refunds. The boxes apparently went... More »

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... More »

Judge to Julio Iglesias: Of Course, That's Your Kid

Star won't provide DNA sample, but judge says it's not necessary

(Newser) - Julio Iglesias has long refused to provide a DNA sample to settle a Spanish man's claim that he is the 75-year-old Latin singer's biological son. A Spanish judge has now decided that the sample isn't needed. Judge Jose Miguel Bort Ruiz in Valencia cited a "very... More »

He Escaped the Bulls Unscathed. Then He Went Back for a Selfie

'The impact was unlike anything I've ever felt'

(Newser) - After taking part in the famous running of the bulls in Pamplona and narrowly making it to safety, most people would probably call it a day. Jaime Alvarez decided to go back for a selfie. The 46-year-old California man, one of two Americans gored at the Spanish festival on Sunday,... More »

Running of the Bulls Goes Badly for 2 Americans

A 46-year-old from San Francisco was gored in the neck

(Newser) - Five people were hospitalized after the opening bull run of this year's San Fermin festival in Pamplona, including two Americans and a Spaniard who were gored by bulls, officials in the northern Spanish city said Sunday. A 46-year old man from San Francisco was gored in the neck in... More »

Animals Burn After Manure Pile Self-Combusts

Wildfire reportedly sparked by chicken manure continues to rage in Spain

(Newser) - A pile of chicken manure is believed to have spontaneously combusted Wednesday in Spain, sparking a wildfire that has killed hundreds of sheep and other animals and forced some 50 people from their homes. Authorities believe the manure on a farm in the Catalonia village of Torre de l'Espanyol... More »

He Was to Fly With Brazil's Prez —Then Came Luggage Search

Airman accused of smuggling cocaine into Spain ahead of G20

(Newser) - A promise to curtail drugs and crime helped Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro get elected last year—hence why NPR reports the arrest of a member of his G20 party is so embarrassing. Brazilian Air Force Sgt. Manoel Silva Rodrigues—serving as flight steward on a military plane en route to... More »

'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... More »

Crowd Applauded as Matador Wiped Bull's Eyes, Then Killed It

Viral video sparks outrage, defense of bullfighter

(Newser) - There was applause from the crowd in Spain when a bullfighter wiped a bull's eyes before killing it on Friday. But reaction online was different and plentiful once videos of the encounter in Seville went viral. "Morante de la Puebla took a handkerchief out of his pocket to... More »

Museum, Not Holocaust Survivor's Kin, to Keep Nazi-Looted Art

Judge rules work by Camille Pissarro to stay in Spanish museum

(Newser) - A federal judge in Los Angeles ruled Tuesday that a Spanish museum that acquired a priceless, Nazi-looted painting in 1993 is the work's rightful owner, and not the survivors of the Jewish woman who surrendered it 80 years ago to escape the Holocaust. Per the AP , although US District... More »

Fugitive Who Tired of Life on Sunny Island Turns Self In

'Tenerife is not as nice as it used to be'

(Newser) - A man who says he fled an Austrian prison over a decade ago has turned himself in to police in Salzburg, telling them he was fed up with living in Spain's Canary Islands. Police said the 64-year-old, carrying two suitcases, approached cops at Salzburg's railway station Saturday night... More »

Bizarre Alleged Raid on N. Korean Embassy Revealed

Alleged ringleader is US resident

(Newser) - A Spanish judge lifted a secrecy order Tuesday, revealing details of a bizarre alleged raid on North Korea's embassy in Madrid. According to judge Jose de la Mata, who has been leading the investigation of the Feb. 22 incident, Adrian Hong Chang, a Mexican citizen who lives in the... More »

Mexico Seeks an Apology. It's 'Completely' Rejected

Spain seems offended by the notion

(Newser) - Spain is "completely" rejecting the Mexican president's demand for an apology over crimes against his country's indigenous people 500 years ago, the Guardian reports. In a video posted on social media, President Andrés Manuel López Obrador stood in the remains of an ancient city and... More »

A Sad Find: Body of Toddler Who Fell Down Well

Julen Rosello had plummeted down borehole in Spain on Jan. 13

(Newser) - Nearly two weeks after it began, a story overseas ends in heartbreak. Rescuers who'd been desperately trying to get to a toddler who'd fallen down a well in Spain had hoped that he might still be alive due to the cold weather, which could have slowed down his... More »

After 11 Days, Mission to Rescue 2-Year-Old Is in Final Phase

Rescuers dug shaft parallel to borehole

(Newser) - Spain is braced for a tragedy but praying for a miracle as the operation to rescue a 2-year-old boy from a deep borehole enters a critical phase. After numerous setbacks in the desperate effort to dig a parallel shaft next to the borehole, miners are finally preparing to dig a... More »

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