Catalans form human V for Vote to seek choice on split from Spain

Elena Gyldenkerne Hundreds of thousands of Catalans packed the streets of Barcelona on Thursday to demand the right to vote on a potential split from Spain, their ambitions boosted by an independence referendum...

Vatican car seized with cocaine, cannabis

Pope Francis has visited Jorge Mejia in hospital as news of the drugs find broke.

The Vatican has been left red-faced after it emerged that a car bearing its diplomatic plates had been stopped in France with four kilograms of cocaine on board.

Spain apologises to Moroccan monarch after yacht 'drug smuggling' gaffe

King Mohammed VI of Morocco.

Fiona Govan Spain has been forced to apologise to the King of Morocco after officers patrolling for drug smugglers and human traffickers attempted to board the North African royal's yacht.

Thousands take part in Spain's Tomatina festival

Crowds of people throw tomatoes at each other during the annual

Roland Lloyd Parry Bunol: Half-naked revellers pelted each other with tomatoes and bathed in red goo on Wednesday in Spain's Tomatina, a fiesta that draws thousands each year for "the world's biggest food fight".

Spain's Princess Cristina faces trial on corruption charges

 Spanish Cristina

Fiona Ortiz, Raquel Castillo A Spanish court on Wednesday upheld corruption charges against Cristina de Borbon, sister of newly-crowned King Felipe VI, and her husband in one of the last steps before a trial that could cloud the...

Under Spain's 'Google fee' law, news aggregators must pay publishers

The new Spanish law has been nicknamed the

Mariana Marcaletti A new law in Spain passed requires news aggregators such as Google News to pay publishers a fee if they link to their content.

Spain evacuates embassy in Libya

Smoke billows from a petrol depot that has been ablaze for four days following clashes in Tripoli.

Spain says it is pulling its ambassador and embassy staff out of Libya temporarily as clashes among rival militia push the North African country further into chaos.

US author Bill Hillmann, Spaniard gored in Spain's San Fermin bull run

A runner is gored in the thigh by the 600kg bull.

Vincent West in Pamplona An American who co-wrote a book called "How to Survive the Running of the Bulls" was badly gored on Wednesday in the morning bull run at Pamplona's San Fermin festival.

Plan to give former king immunity from prosecution divides Spain

Raphael Minder The proposal to protect former king, Juan Carlos, from legal prosecution is dividing Spain. In the weeks since his son Felipe took the crown, former king Juan Carlos has had a glimpse of what it...

Tears from Spain's King Juan Carlos as he quits throne

A tearful King Juan Carlos stands next to his son Crown Prince Felipe during the signature ceremony.

The stage is set for a new king to be sworn in, as a teary-eyed King Juan Carlos has sealed his abdication of the Spanish crown after a four-decade reign.

Spain's new King Felipe VI sworn in

Coronation: King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia of Spain.

Ingrid Bazinet Spain's new King Felipe VI has sworn to serve the crisis-stricken nation as he launched his reign, sparking celebrations by flag-waving revellers in the streets.

Spain searches for four missing after helicopter crash in Canary Islands

Spain searched on Thursday for four missing crew from a military helicopter that crashed during exercises by the Canary Islands, which lie off the northwest coast of Africa.

Spain's 'Kill Jews Fort' villagers vote in favour of name change

The tiny Spanish village of Castrillo Matajudios, or "Kill Jews Fort" in English, voted in favour of changing its name.

King of Spain Juan Carlos abdicates the throne in a surprise announcement

Spanish royals

Fiona Ortiz Spain's King Juan Carlos is abdicating after almost 40 years on the throne, paving the way for his son Prince Felipe to succeed him.

Princess Cristina of Spain charged with tax fraud

Princess Infanta Cristina of Spain is due to appear in court on March 8 over accusations of fraud, linked to husband Inaki Urdangarin's business affairs who is currently being investigated for embezzlement.

Princess Cristina, the youngest daughter of King Juan Carlos of Spain, has been charged with committing tax fraud and money laundering, an investigating judge announced Tuesday.

Spain's Princess Cristina testifies in historic graft case

Princess Cristina is the first royal to face criminal allegations in court since the monarchy was reinstated almost 40 years ago.

Ben Sills Princess Cristina, King Juan Carlos's younger daughter, testified as a suspect in a corruption probe of her husband's business activities and told the court she had no knowledge of his financial...

Spain wants Chinese ex-president Jiang Zemin arrested over Tibet

China's President Jiang Zemin (left) talks with top lawmaker Li Peng, chairman of the National People's Congress in 2002.

A Spanish judge on Monday sought the arrest of China's former president and premier over accusations of genocide in Tibet in an 8-year-old case that has drawn a rebuke from China.

The lost generation of Spain's unemployed youth

Police officers detain an

When Alvaro Garcia left school in 2008, his future looked bright. Spain's economy was booming. Unemployment had fallen below 10 per cent for the first time in living memory.

Three degrees yet I clean a lavatory: the tale of Spain's lost generation

Employment office in Madrid.

Fiona Govan A young Spaniard with three degrees has become the face of the country’s ‘‘lost generation’’ after an online rant in which he complained that the only work he could find was cleaning lavatories in...

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Chinese ex-leaders Jiang Zemin, Li Peng face Spain arrest warrant over Tibet

Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin (left) and Li Peng 


Former Chinese president Jiang Zemin and ex prime minister Li Peng could face arrest when travelling abroad over allegations they committed genocide in Tibet, a Spanish court ruled on Tuesday.