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Two injured in Barcelona hotel shooting
The reception area of the Silken Ramblas hotel where the shooting is reported to have taken place. Photo: hoteles-silken.com

Two injured in Barcelona hotel shooting

UPDATED: Two people were injured in a shooting just off one of the busiest tourist streets in the Catalan capital on Tuesday afternoon. READ   
    Venezuela leader brands Spanish PM a 'hitman'
    Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has been branded a 'hitman' by Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro. Photo: AFP.

    Venezuela leader brands Spanish PM a 'hitman'

    Spain lashed out Tuesday at Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro for what it called "insulting and unacceptable" comments in which he branded conservative Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy a "hitman". READ   
      British PM names Ana Botín economic advisor
      Spanish chairwoman of Santander, Ana Botín, will sit on David Cameron's new economic advisory council. Photo: Javier Soriano/AFP

      British PM names Ana Botín economic advisor

      Spanish Santander chief Ana Botín will sit on David Cameron’s new economic advisory council, the only representative from a foreign company to do so, the British government has announced.  READ   
        Third time lucky family find $1m of Spanish gold
        The sunken trove included coind minted for Spain's King Philip V. Photo: Fleet – Queens Jewels LLC

        Third time lucky family find $1m of Spanish gold

        A Florida family of treasurehunters have made their third discovery in three years, this time finding Spanish gold worth more than $1million from a 300-year-old wreck. READ   
          Bishop bans transsexual from becoming godfather
          Stock photo of a baby's christening. Photo: Vincent Kashat/Flickr

          Bishop bans transsexual from becoming godfather

          A Spanish bishop has forbidden a transsexual man from becoming godfather to his nephew arguing that he does not “live a life consistent with the faith”.  READ   
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            Eight of the most crazily cool hotels in Spain
            Why not spice up your holiday and stay in one of Spain's most unusual hotels? Photo: cabanesalsarbres.com

            Eight of the most crazily cool hotels in Spain

            Fancy slumbering in a converted bullring or waking up in the treetops? Spain has its fair share of unusual holiday accommodation.  READ   
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              Barça fined over crowd boos and whistles at king
              Barcelona has been fined €66,000 for the behaviour of its fans during last season's Cup final. Photo: Quique Garcia/AFP

              Barça fined over crowd boos and whistles at king 

              Spanish authorities Monday moved to fine FC Barcelona €66,000 ($67,000) and Athletic Bilbao €18,000 over last season's Cup final where fans of the Catalan and Basque sides whistled Spain's King Felipe VI. READ   
                France charges Spanish coach crash driver
                The coach carrying Spanish youngsters that crashed in France. Photo: AFP

                France charges Spanish coach crash driver

                French prosecutors on Monday charged a Spanish coach driver with reckless endangerment after he drove the vehicle under a low bridge, causing the roof to be shorn off and seriously injuring six passengers. READ   
                  Alleged German Hells Angels boss out on bail
                  Frank Hanebuth. Photo: DPA

                  Alleged German Hells Angels boss out on bail

                  A Spanish judge freed on bail Monday a German suspected of being a top leader of the Hells Angels biker gang on money-laundering and prostitution-related charges, a judicial source said. READ   
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                  'Majority of expats treat Spain as a holiday camp'
                  Maura Hillen is councillor for tourism and international relations 

                  'Majority of expats treat Spain as a holiday camp'

                  The Local talks to Maura Hillen, president of the AUAN property rights association and now local councillor in Albox, southern Spain who thinks expats need to get more politically engaged. READ   
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                    Ernest Hemingway's favourite Spanish haunts
                    Ernest Hemingway was a regular at Cafe Iruña when he visited Pamplona. Photo: dlmanrg/Flickr

                    Ernest Hemingway's favourite Spanish haunts

                    To commemorate the birthday of Ernest Hemingway The Local takes a look at some of his favourite haunts in Spain. READ   
                    Top tips for taking the perfect Spanish siesta
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                    Top tips for taking the perfect Spanish siesta

                    Multiple scientific studies in recent years have proven that a short sleep after lunch provides health benefits, including stress reduction, and improves alertness and memory. READ   
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                    Top 10 Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer
                    Spain has some delicious cooling treats to enjoy this summer. Photo: ClubMedUK/Flickr

                    Top 10 Spanish treats to keep you cool in summer

                    As Spain swelters under record-breaking temperatures The Local brings you our list of the best Spanish treats to cool you down as the mercury rises.  READ   
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                    Get your kit off! Spain's 10 best nudist beaches
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                    Get your kit off! Spain's 10 best nudist beaches

                    Have you tried everything to combat the heat and nothing has worked? It might be time to strip off and head to one of Spain's best nudist beaches... READ   
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                    Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
                    Photo: Tinnyaw/Flickr

                    Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer

                    Summer is officially here and the mercury is rising - for those of you who can't get to a beach, The Local offers you our tips on keeping cool in the city. READ   
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                    Iconic Madrid cafe closes its doors after 128 years
                    Churros were just one of the specialities of Café Comercial, which is closing its doors. Photo: cafecomercial.es

                    Iconic Madrid cafe closes its doors after 128 years

                    One of the oldest and most iconic cafes in the Spanish capital, Café Comercial, has announced it is shutting down for good, shocking regulars who say it is truly the end of an era. READ   
                    Madrid hosts UN meet on homegrown jihadism
                    Security experts and foreign ministers are gathering in Madrid on Monday for two days of talks. Photo: AFP

                    Madrid hosts UN meet on homegrown jihadism

                    Security experts and ministers gather in Madrid on Monday for two days of UN-sponsored talks on how to stop radicals leaving their countries to join armed jihadist groups abroad. READ   
                    Firefighters go on strike as wildfires ravage Spain
                    A forest fire is still out of control in Ódena, near Barcelona. Photo: Bombers. Generalitat/Twitter

                    Firefighters go on strike as wildfires ravage Spain

                    Hundreds of people have been evacuated in Catalonia due to wildfires that are still raging, while Spain's forest firefighting brigade announce an indefinite strike.  READ   
                    French farmers block German, Spanish trucks
                    French farmers block a motorway in France to demonstrate against low market prices. Photo: Philippe Desmazes / AFP.

                    French farmers block German, Spanish trucks

                    UPDATED: French farmers said on Monday they had blocked and turned back as many as 300 trucks importing food from Germany, the latest protest against a fall in food prices. READ   
                    Black economy clouds Spain's recovery
                    Jobless queue outside a job centre in Madrid. Photo: AFP

                    Black economy clouds Spain's recovery 

                    Many of Spain's five million unemployed dream of finding a steady job in the economic recovery vaunted by the government - but a legion of undeclared workers still scrape by cash-in-hand. READ   
                    Two years on from train crash - 'no justice'
                    The scene of the accident, two years on. Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP

                    Two years on from train crash - 'no justice'

                    Relatives of some of the 79 people killed in a high-speed train crash in northwest Spain marked its second anniversary on Friday angrily demanding Spanish leaders answer for the tragedy. READ   
                    Bin baby mum may have dumped a previous child
                    The baby was saved by two officers from Spain's Civil Guard. Photo: Guardia Civil 

                    Bin baby mum may have dumped a previous child

                    Police are investigating whether the mother who recently abandoned her baby in a Madrid bin dumped another child two years ago. READ   
                    Barça to appeal Uefa fine for independence flags
                    Pro-independence Catalans hold up their flags in the stadium. Photo: AFP

                    Barça to appeal Uefa fine for independence flags

                    Barcelona Football Club are looking to appeal a €30,000 ($33,000) fine issued by Uefa after fans displayed independence flags during last month’s Champions League final. READ   
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                    Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks

                    Hot or not? Politicans in Spain are rated on looks

                    A Spanish celebrity magazine has released a run-down of the country's best looking politicians, but failed to include one party leader, who took to Twitter to complain.  READ   
                    Rajoy and Merkel plan a second holiday together
                    Angela Merkel and Mariano Rajoy walking in Galicia, August 2014. Photo: Miguel Riopa / AFP

                    Rajoy and Merkel plan a second holiday together

                    The Spanish Prime Minister plans to visit Angela Merkel in her hometown of Stralsund on Germany’s Baltic coast in August after the success of her visit to his native Galicia last year. READ   
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                    Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere
                    Tom Cruise filming on the State Opera. Photo: Katharina Rohrer

                    Tom Cruise in Vienna for M:I5 premiere

                    Hollywood star Tom Cruise is back in Vienna for the world premiere of his new movie Mission: Impossible ‎- Rogue Nation on Thursday. Parts of the film were shot in the Austrian capital last year - including dramatic stunt scenes on the roof of the State Opera.  READ   
                    Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car
                    File photo of a lake view in Switzerland's Ticino region.

                    Girl, 5, dies after mum leaves her in boiling car

                    A five-year-old girl in the Swiss canton of Ticino has died after her mother left her alone in a boiling hot car, as Switzerland continues to sizzle in a record-breaking heatwave. READ   
                    'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad
                    An actress plays Chancellor Angela Merkel in the magazine ad. Screenshot:Twitter.

                    'Angela Merkel' stars in lesbian magazine ad

                    Wednesday sees the launch of new magazine "Straight," aimed at gay women across Germany – but the magazine's advert is already causing something of a stir, reports Der Tagesspiegel. READ   
                    Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements
                    Integration Minister Inger Støjberg. Photo: Keld Navntoft/Scanpix

                    Denmark to run anti-refugee advertisements

                    The government plans to launch an information campaign in foreign newspapers to deter refugees in response to human smugglers publishing comparative information on refugee benefits in EU countries.  READ   
                    The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France
                    The ever-splendid Gorges du Verdon. Photo: Miguel Virkkunen Carvalho/Flickr

                    The daftest TripAdvisor comments about France

                    France opens its doors to over 80 million tourists a year, who enjoy everything from world-class museums to pristine natural wonders. But you can't please them all... READ   
                    Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends
                    A tornado over the Italian city of Genoa. Photo: Bibipisi74

                    Tornado predicted as Italy heatwave ends

                    The hot stuffy weather brought by the hellish heatwave Caronte is set to end this weekend, but meteorologists are warning that it's no cause for celebration.  READ   
                    Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens
                    Queen Sonja. Photo: Lisa Åserud

                    Queen Sonja comes to aid of Norwegian teens

                    Two teenagers who came to the aid of an injured girl off the island of Tjøme this week after the girl fell off a boat, were offered assistance by Queen Sonja who was spending her summer holidays at her family’s vacation home nearby. READ   
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                    Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man
                    Have you been on paternity leave? Photo: Melker Dahlstrand/Image Bank Sweden

                    Nine ways to become a truly Swedish man 

                    You can shop the look at cool Scandinavian fashion stores, or stick around long enough to get your own residency permit. But to really become a Swedish man, The Local reckons you've got to share these nine experiences. READ   
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