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Sunday, June 12, 2016

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Spain goalkeeper De Gea says sex scandal claims 'a lie'
Left: David De Gea. Right: Iker Muniain were both named in a sex abuse case. Photos: AFP.
Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David De Gea on Friday dismissed as "a lie" claims that he organised a party at which women were forced to have sex with footballers. 
    Spain to recruit 500 spies in fight against jihadist terrorism
    Spain's intelligence agency needs a boost to combat Isis. Photo: AFP
    Spain’s secret service has said it needs to recruit five hundred new agents to keep the nation safe from Islamic terrorists. 
      Madrid cops 'overwhelmed' as pickpockets target Primark
      Primark on Madrid's Gran Vía. Photo: Primark
      Madrid's flagship store maybe a Mecca for bargain-hunting fashionistas but it is also attracting pickpockets and shoplifters galore. 
        Reservation app ends 'sunbed wars' on the Costa del Sol
        New app can guarantee the best poolside spot. Photo: PuroBeach Marbella.
        A new sunlounger reservation service promises to bring peace to the poolside. 
          Top ten tricks to survive the Spanish summer
          Cercedillas natural pool just outside Madrid. Photo: Tinnyaw/Flickr
          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. 
            ETA member arrested by Swiss claims torture in Spain
            Pro-Eta graffiti in the Basque Country. File photo: AFP
            A convicted member of Basque separatist group ETA arrested in Switzerland in April is refusing to be extradited as she claims she was tortured in Spain. 
              WATCH: Doctor drones rid Spain's palm trees of pests
              Screen grab: Glen Biotech SL/YouTube
              Europe's biggest palm grove is under threat, but help is at hand in the form of drone doctors. 
                Madrid metro drivers call eight days of strikes in June
                Madrid Metro workers have called 8 days of partial strikes in June in protest at pay and working conditions. 
                  Rafael Nadal to miss Wimbledon with wrist injury
                  Photo: Miguel Medina/AFP
                  It also forced his early withdrawal from the French Open. 
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                    Ten brilliant day trips from Madrid
                    Sunset in Segovia. Photo: mariusz kluzniak/Flickr.
                    Looking for the perfect refuge away from the city? The Local brings you Madrileños' top destinations for a day trip from the capital. 
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                      Ten facts you probably didn't know about Spanish wine
                      Spain is the biggest exporter of wine in the world. Photo: LexnGer/Flickr
                      It was the Romans' favourite drink, a muse to Picasso and fell victim to the fascist regime of dicator Francisco Franco. 2 comments
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                      Five brilliant ways to beat the crowds in Barcelona
                      Escape the crowds of tourists for some more relaxed locations in the city. Photo: Quique Garcia / AFP
                      As the summer tourists begin the swarm over the city, discover some of Barcelona's more hidden gems... 
                      Ten top tips to avoid being pickpocketed in Spain
                      Barcelona is the world's pickpocketing capital. Photo: AFP
                      Don't let pickpockets ruin your day. Here is a run down of the most common scams used in Spain to help you avoid becoming a victim. 2 comments
                      Six reasons why Benidorm is so much better than you think
                      Benidorm is simply something special. Photos by Leah Pattem
                      Leah Pattem thinks everyone should visit Benidorm at least once in their life. Here she explains why you should give Europe's tackiest resort a chance. 
                      What's on in Spain: June 2016
                      The Battle of Wine festival. Photo: AFP
                      Spaniards celebrate the arrival of summer with a month of festivals, concerts, and fairs. 
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                      Spaniard arrested for locking daughter in car to go boozing
                      The girl was left in the locked car. Hallyn / Flickr
                      The seven-year-old girl was abandoned in a parked car while her dad hit the town on a Saturday night. 
                      Spain's Podemos set to beat Socialists into second place
                      Pablo Iglesias is leading the party to become the biggest left wing force in Spain. Photo: AFP
                      A new poll confirms that the Podemos-led coalition would be the main left-wing force in Spain. 
                      Spain's property sales bounce back from boom and bust
                      Photo: AFP
                      With property sales showing the real estate market is well on the road to recovery, now could be the perfect time to invest. 
                      General Election
                      Are these the weirdest political campaign ads ever?
                      Podemos' Ikea-inspired ad campaign. Photo: Podemos catalogue
                      A crazy cat lady or an Ikea catalogue? These are the bizarre campaign messages being sent out to Spain's weary voters.  
                      Migrant dies attempting to reach Spain through a sewer
                      A man attempted to crawl through the sewage system to reach Spain. File Photo: Hollandisk / Flickr
                      A migrant has died trying to cross into Spain from Morocco through a sewer, in the latest desperate attempt to reach Europe. 
                      From our other editions
                      Kurz: Keep asylum seekers on islands
                      Sebastian Kurz. Photo: Bildagentur Zolles / Mike Ranz
                      Asylum seekers to the European Union should be held on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent, Austria's foreign minister has said. 
                      Sweatpant-wearing family denied Swiss passports
                      This particular casually-dressed gentleman has not applied for Swiss citizenship. Photo: Andy Bullock 
                      A family from Kosovo have had their application for Swiss citizenship refused, partly due to their habit of wearing jogging bottoms. 
                      German public pool bans the burqini
                      A woman swimming in a burqini in Berlin. Photo: DPA.
                      A town in Bavaria has said ‘nein’ to the burqini for Muslim women. 
                      Only one nation in the world is more peaceful than Denmark
                      Fly kites, not fighter jets. Photo: Colourbox
                      For the fourth year running, Denmark has been ranked second in the Global Peace Index.  
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                      Education abroad: How to find an international school
                      Police shut down illegal expat care home on Costa Blanca
                      Sheep invade Spanish city after shepherd takes a snooze
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                      Why you should attend an international job fair
                      Giant inflatable poo goes walkies from town square
                      Spanish study proves fat really ISN'T bad for you
                      President Obama announces three-day visit to Spain in July
                      Couple found dead on yacht in Catalonia after 'drugs binge'
                      Hotting up! Spain set for hotter than average summer
                      'British expats could lose right to live in Spain' warns Rajoy
                      Spanish resort bans blow-up dolls and novelty willies
                      The ultimate guide to Spanish wedding etiquette
                      Spanish police quiz suspect over boy missing since 2007
                      The Spanish gum that cures hangovers AND boosts libido
                      How a quiet Barcelona block became a hotbed of protests
                      What's on in Spain: June 2016
                      Stunning cave paintings found 300 metres below Spain
                      Five good reasons why Extremadura should be on your bucket list
                      Top Ten: Barcelona's coolest rooftop bars
                      Plane forced to dodge THREE drones to land in Bilbao
                      Spain launches campaign to stop English 'invasion'
                      Ten unique Basque words you need to learn right now
                      'It’s time to dig up Franco' say victims of Spain's dictatorship
                      'Severe jellyfish stings' end Brit's Spanish swim feat