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After 2 Years Exiled, Spain's Former King Returning

Juan Carlos is coming to town for a weekend visit

(Newser) - With the fraud cases against him dropped , Spain's former king Juan Carlos is coming back to the country this week. He's been in exile in the United Arab Emirates for almost two years, ever since he was linked to alleged corruption. The three investigations that followed have all...

31-Year-Old Woman Sets Record for COVID Reinfection

Health-care worker in Spain picked up 2 strains in 20 days

(Newser) - A Spanish health-care worker can now lay claim to a rather unwelcome record as the person fastest to be reinfected with COVID-19. The 31-year-old woman contracted the virus twice within 20 days, according to researchers, who will present their findings this weekend at the European Congress of Clinical Microbiology &...

Taxidermy Elephant Was Just the Start of What Police Seized

'Private museum' includes over 400 specimens of protected, endangered species

(Newser) - After a months-long investigation, agents with Spain’s Civil Guard have seized an eye-popping collection of taxidermy animals. The Guardian reports the collection was uncovered Wednesday in a 500,000-square-foot warehouse and contains some 1,090 specimens, at least 400 of which are protected or endangered under international law. The...

Spain Drops Investigation of Former King's Finances

Juan Carlos I left Spain amid scandal in 2020

(Newser) - Update: Spain's former king is off the hook in an alleged fraud case. Prosecutors say investigations of 84-year-old Juan Carlos, who moved to the United Arab Emirates amid a financial scandal in 2020, have been dropped due to a lack of evidence, Reuters reports. They say they couldn't...

Ukrainian Takes Out War Rage on Russian Boss's Yacht

Sailor angry at Russia's invasion allegedly tried to sink oligarch's $7.8M vessel in Majorca

(Newser) - People are coping with the Russian invasion of Ukraine in different ways, but for one Ukrainian sailor on the Spanish island of Majorca, his coping mechanism took a particularly vengeful turn: He tried to sink a Russian oligarch's $7.8 million superyacht, reports the BBC . The nearly 160-foot-long Lady...

'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy
'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is
Caked in Gold and Controversy

'Holy Grail' of Shipwrecks Is Caked in Gold and Controversy

Colombia moves toward excavation of the San Jose despite disputed claim of ownership

(Newser) - Colombia's government is taking steps to recover the so-called "holy grail" of Spanish colonial shipwrecks—thought to hold up to $20 billion worth of gold, silver, and precious stones—from its waters and at the same time taking heat from others with claims to the centuries-old treasure. As...

Spain's Top Court Says Resort Must Be Torn Down

Environmentalists said luxury development was built on protected land

(Newser) - A big win for environmentalists in Spain after a 14-year legal battle: The country's top court has ordered the demolition of a luxury resort built in a protected area. The Spanish Supreme Court overturned a 2020 ruling from a regional court and said all the buildings at the Marina...

See Images of 'Ghost' Village Resurfacing in Spain
'Ghost' Village Resurfaces
Amid Drought in Spain
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'Ghost' Village Resurfaces Amid Drought in Spain

Aceredo was deliberately flooded 30 years ago, but dry weather is exposing it once again

(Newser) - A drought in Spain has created an inadvertent tourist attraction. People are visiting the site of a former village—Aceredo—that was deliberately flooded 30 years ago to create a reservoir, reports the AP . However, that reservoir is now extremely low, allowing people to walk among formerly submerged houses in...

Badger Unearths Stash of Ancient Roman Coins

Archaeologists in Spain are grateful

(Newser) - Archaeologists in northern Spain have discovered the largest stash of ancient Roman coins ever found in the region. And they're giving all the credit to a hungry badger, reports the Guardian . Researchers found more than 200 coins, dating back to between the third and fifth century AD, in the...

Cops Nab Fugitive Mafia Boss Thanks to Google Street View

Convicted killer Gioacchino Gammino had fled Italy for Spain

(Newser) - An Italian mafia boss and convicted murderer who escaped from prison in Rome 20 years ago has been arrested in Spain—thanks in part to a sighting on Google Street View. Authorities say they already believed 61-year-old Gioacchino Gammino to be hiding in Spain, though the sighting of him and...

Child Dies in Bounce House Tragedy in Spain

8 other children were injured

(Newser) - Another bounce house tragedy, this one in Spain, ended up claiming the life of a young girl. ABC News reports that on Tuesday night a gust of wind sent a bouncy castle that had been set up at a fairground in Mislata, near Valencia, airborne and then flipped it over....

Townspeople Help Hunt 'Galician Rambo'

Murderer Alfredo Sánchez Chacón has been living in the woods

(Newser) - A notorious killer whose ability to slip out of prison and off the grid has earned him the moniker 'Galician Rambo' is once again missing, but residents of a little Spanish town not far from where he's serving time intend to change that. Per the Guardian , 63-year-old Alfredo...

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.7B
Spain Just Gave
Its People $2.7B

Spain Just Gave Its People $2.7B

The country's annual Christmas lottery has been occurring since 1812

(Newser) - Spaniards looking for a respite from the pandemic’s gloom and doom turned their attention Wednesday to a rite that for more than two centuries has marked the beginning of the festive period: the country’s bumper Christmas lottery, known as "El Gordo," or "The Fat One....

Bishop Leaves Priesthood To Marry Satanic Erotica Author

Xavier Novell i Gomà was once Spain's youngest bishop

(Newser) - He was once the youngest bishop in all of Spain, but Xavier Novell i Gomà, 52, has given it all up in order to marry a woman. Back in September, the BBC reported that Novell had resigned from the Roman Catholic church for personal reasons that Spanish media reported revolved...

After COVID Hiatus, Bull Runs Return, With a Fatality
Man Gored to
Death at Bull Run

Man Gored to Death at Bull Run

Other participants tried to lure the animal away at Onda festival in Spain, but it kept attacking

(Newser) - The bull runs are back in Spain—and so are the gorings, with a fatal one happening over the weekend. The BBC reports a 55-year-old man was taking part in the controversial activity at a festival in Onda when he was attacked by one of the bulls, ending up with...

After Split, Woman Wins Joint Custody of Dog

Attorney hails 'pioneering' ruling in Spain

(Newser) - An unmarried couple in Spain who called it quits after 20 months will remain in each other's lives because of a judge's ruling about their dog. The judge granted joint custody of Panda, reports the BBC . At some point in their relationship, the man and woman adopted Panda...

Mystery Rescue of La Palma Dogs Is a Head-Scratcher

'The dogs are fine,' said sign left behind by 'A Team,' ahead of drone meant to save them

(Newser) - A drone operation was set to rescue several dogs from the Spanish island of La Palma, where they've been stranded in a yard surrounded by lava after a volcano eruption that's been going on for more than a month. There'd even been a test run that went...

On Lava-Covered Island, a Last-Ditch Rescue

Drone will swoop in to try to save several dogs trapped in yard on La Palma

(Newser) - It's a precarious mission in Spain's Canary Islands, one that will require "calm and concentration," but the drone is ready. So says Aerocamaras, the company that will try to rescue several dogs trapped in a yard by lava on La Palma, where a volcano eruption that...

Critics Slam Men Who Won $1.2M Literary Prize: 'Scammers'

'Carmen Mola,' believed to have been a woman, is actually trio of middle-aged Spanish screenwriters

(Newser) - The Beast, a gruesome historical thriller about a serial killer in the 1830s, has won one of Spain's top literary prizes, and its author, Carmen Mola—a popular writer known for the "strong female protagonists" in her crime novels, per the Washington Post —was supposed to show...

Spain's Right Isn't Pleased With Biden's Take on Columbus

They're very much into it

(Newser) - If you thought the controversy over Columbus Day was restricted to US shores, you'd be wrong. What became a US federal holiday in 1937 is celebrated in grand fashion in Spain a day later, on Oct. 12. There, it's more like a Fourth of July or Bastille Day,...

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