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For Third Night, Rioters Protest Rapper's Jailing

About 80 have been arrested and 100 injured in Spain

(Newser) - Protests over the imprisonment of a rapper convicted of insulting the Spanish monarchy and praising terrorist violence were marred by rioting for the third night in a row Thursday. The plight of Pablo Hasél, who began this week to serve a 9-month sentence in a northeastern prison, has triggered...

Rapper Sentenced for Lyrics Barricades Himself in University

Spanish rapper was convicted of insulting monarchy, glorifying guerrilla groups

(Newser) - "They'll have to break in to arrest and imprison me," Spanish rapper Pablo Hasel tweeted Monday after barricading himself inside a university building with around 50 supporters. Hasel, who holds radical leftist and anti-establishment views, was supposed to surrender to authorities by last Friday to begin serving...

Spain Has to Rescue 1.5K Drivers

Winter storm Filomena dumped snow on a region not known for snow

(Newser) - Emergency crews in central Spain cleared 500 roads and rescued over 1,500 people stranded in vehicles as the country slowly shovels out of its worst snowstorm in recent memory, per the AP . Madrid’s Adolfo Suárez Madrid-Barajas International Airport remained closed Sunday as it has since Friday night....

It's the 'Worst Storm in 80 Years'

Thousands are trapped in cars, airports, and train stations as blizzard buries Spain in snow

(Newser) - An unusual and persistent blizzard that Madrid's mayor is calling "the worst storm in 80 years" has blanketed large parts of Spain with snow, freezing traffic and leaving thousands trapped in cars or in train stations and airports that had suspended all services as the snow kept falling...

The BBC Profiled Her. She Hasn't Been Heard From Since

British hiker-blogger Esther Dingley missing in the Pyrenees

(Newser) - A blogger who wrote about her extensive travels through Europe has vanished on one of the adventures her thousands of followers checked in to read about. Esther Dingley, 37—who ran the Esther & Dan blog with her partner of 18 years, Dan Colegate, 38—had set out from Benasque,...

This Restoration Didn't Go Well

Before-and-after photos are a sight to behold

(Newser) - Whoever did this must be lying low about now. A sculpture of a smiling woman in Spain looks more like a cartoon character after an unidentified art restorer got to work on her, CBS News reports. A local artist in Palencia, Spain, posted before-and-after images of the statue, which adorns...

Orcas Are Acting 'Crazy' Off Spain

'I thought they could capsize the boat'

(Newser) - Orcas are curious mammals who sometimes play with boats. But playing doesn’t quite describe what endangered pods have been doing in the Strait of Gibraltar, a major shipping route, this summer. Boaters say hard-hitting whales have spun their vessels up to 180 degrees and caused extensive damage. For more...

Franco's Heirs Ordered to Give Up 19th-Century Palace

Judge rules it was given to Franco in his capacity as head of state

(Newser) - Francisco Franco's heirs have been ordered by a Spanish court to give up the summer palace that has been in the family's control for the last 82 years. The ownership of Pazo de Meirás was called into question in February 2018, when the dictator's descendants listed...

Same-Sex Penguins Have Their Own Baby Chick

Electra and Viola are now parents

(Newser) - Meet Electra and Viola: The female penguin couple is making headlines after welcoming a newly hatched chick to the world, CBS News reports. Seems they adopted an egg from other penguins—really, it was given to them—and incubated and hatched it as their own. According to NBC News , the...

Guessing Game Over on Missing King's Whereabouts

Spain confirms former monarch Juan Carlos is now in United Arab Emirates

(Newser) - Spain's former king set off a global guessing game earlier this month when he left the country amid financial controversy. Nobody seemed to know where Juan Carlos I went. Now, Spain's royal household has confirmed rumors that the 82-year-old former monarch has holed up in the United Arab...

Purists Are Losing It Over US Version of Spanish Delicacy

It's 'not the same thing at all,' says ham expert in Spain

(Newser) - Like acorn-fed Iberian ham? Well, now you can try US versions of the Spanish delicacy—a development that culinary purists are none too thrilled about, the Guardian reports. "The real problem is that we are a nation of idiots who have given away our heritage that our governments have...

A New Theory on Where Spain's Former King Has Gone

Portugal and the Dominican Republic were initially pegged as his destination

(Newser) - A clue in the mystery of the former king of Spain's whereabouts: a photo. Following Monday's revelation that Juan Carlos would be moving out of the country—destination unspecified—amidst a financial scandal, reports that he was bound for Portugal or the Dominican Republic emerged. Now Abu Dhabi...

Where's Spain's Ex-King? No One Seems to Know

Some reports say Juan Carlos is headed to, or already in, the Dominican Republic

(Newser) - Spain's ex-King Juan Carlos dramatically announced in a Monday letter sent to son King Felipe VI that he had made a "considered decision to move, during this period, out of Spain.” A day later, his destination remains the subject of "intense speculation," as the BBC...

He Was King of Spain. Now He's Leaving the Country

Former monarch King Juan Carlos I didn't say where he was headed

(Newser) - Spain’s former monarch, King Juan Carlos I, says he is leaving Spain to live in another country amid a financial scandal. The royal family’s website on Monday published a letter from Juan Carlos to his son, King Felipe VI, saying, “I am informing you of my considered...

In France, Italy, Spain, Virus Wiped Out Years of Growth

Spanish economy shrank 18.5% in 2nd quarter

(Newser) - France, Italy, and Spain reported precipitous contractions Friday for their coronavirus-battered economies, with the pandemic wiping out years of growth in a matter of weeks as the lockdowns closed shops, factories, and restaurants. The Spanish economy shrank by 18.5% in the April-June period from the previous quarter, the French...

European Nation Is Back to Ordering Lockdowns

Nearly 300K people are ordered to stay at home

(Newser) - Authorities in northwestern Spain have ordered the lockdown of a county with a population of 71,000 for fears of a coronavirus outbreak, the AP reports. Regional authorities in Galicia announced Sunday that movement to and from A Mariña county located on Spain's northern Atlantic coast will be...

Porn Star Arrested in Deadly Toad Venom Case

Nacho Vidal is manslaughter suspect after photographer dies after reported shamanic ritual

(Newser) - Last July, fashion photographer Jose Luis Abad died in Spain after authorities say he inhaled vapors from toad venom during a shamanic ritual. Now, the Guardian and BBC report three people have been arrested, including a porn star who hawks penis-shaped candles on Twitter . Nacho Vidal (real name: Ignacio Jorda...

'Octogenarian Bingo Killer' Arrested in Spain

Cops say 84-year-old man knew victim from game

(Newser) - The Spanish press is calling him "El asesino octogenario del bingo"—the Octogenarian Bingo Killer. Police say an 84-year-old man has been arrested after a yearlong investigation into the murder of an 83-year-old woman in Fuenlabrada, near Madrid, the Guardian reports. The victim was stabbed to death in...

Prince Goes to Party Amid Lockdown, Then Tests Positive

Belgium's Prince Joachim went to Spain, attended large gathering

(Newser) - A Belgian prince traveled from his home country to Spain on May 26 for an internship, and within two days of his arrival, he was one of 27 guests at what the BBC is calling a "lockdown party" held in a city that currently permits no more than 15...

Slammed by Virus, Russia Earns Dubious New Distinction

With more than 221K cases, it's now No. 3 in the world, behind only Spain and the United States

(Newser) - Russia has jumped past Italy and the United Kingdom in its struggle with the coronavirus, now making it the country with the third largest number of cases. Per Reuters , the number of confirmed cases there shot to 221,344 as of Monday. It lags only behind Spain, which has just...

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