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Jun 25, 2014

Spain’s Princess Cristina faces trial on corruption charges

MADRID (Reuters) – 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 monarchy’s bid to rebuild its reputation.

The rulings by the Palma de Mallorca court come barely a week after King Juan Carlos abdicated in favor of his son, who sought to repair the royal family’s scandal-worn image with a promise of honesty and transparency when he took the throne.

Jun 19, 2014

Former journalist Letizia Ortiz becomes Spain’s first commoner queen

MADRID, June 19 (Reuters) – A divorced former journalist,
Letizia Ortiz, became Spain’s first commoner queen on Thursday
when her husband, Felipe VI, was sworn in as king.

With a background contrasting deeply with the royal
privileges of her husband, many see in the 41-year-old former TV
anchor the survival of the monarchy because of her down-to-earth
middle-class roots.

Apr 8, 2014

Catalan leader says parliament rejection won’t halt referendum

MADRID (Reuters) – Catalonia President Artur Mas said on Tuesday he would forge ahead with his region’s plans to hold a referendum on independence in November after Spain’s parliament overwhelmingly rejected the petition.

After a seven-hour debate in the national parliament in Madrid, and despite heavy support for the separatist movement in the wealthy northeastern region, 299 lawmakers voted against, 47 voted for and one abstained.

Apr 8, 2014

Spain’s parliament set to reject Catalan referendum

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament looks certain to reject a petition from Catalonia to hold a referendum on independence, despite heavy support for the separatist movement in the wealthy northeastern region.

The regional parliament of Catalonia, which has its own language and a long history of fighting for greater autonomy from Spain, sent an initiative to the national legislature in January asking for permission to hold a referendum.

Feb 26, 2014

Renowned Spanish flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia dies at 66

MADRID (Reuters) – Paco de Lucia, the influential Spanish guitarist who vastly expanded the international audience for flamenco and merged it with other musical styles, died suddenly on Wednesday of a heart attack in Mexico.

The 66-year-old virtuoso, as happy playing seemingly impossible syncopated flamenco rhythms as he was improvising jazz or classical guitar, helped to legitimize flamenco in Spain itself at a time when it was shunned by the mainstream.

Feb 18, 2014

El Greco paintings return to Toledo for anniversary

TOLEDO, Spain (Reuters) – For centuries, Spanish Renaissance painter El Greco was a non-entity. No one studied his startling, unconventional work hanging high in a gothic cathedral, obscure convents and Spanish museums.

It wasn’t until the 19th century that modern painters rediscovered the artist – born Domenicos Theotocopoulos in Crete then living and painting in Toledo, Spain, from 1577 until his death in 1614. They found inspiration in his bold colours and brush strokes.

Oct 21, 2013

Spain must free ETA militant: European rights court

MADRID (Reuters) – Europe’s top human rights court ordered Spain on Monday to release a Basque separatist militant, saying her extended detention was illegal, a ruling victims groups warned would let dozens of prisoners walk free.

The Strasbourg-based court also told Madrid to pay 30,000 euros ($41,100) compensation to Ines del Rio, who was jailed in 1989 for her role in 23 assassinations and car bombings carried out by the Basque independence movement ETA.

Oct 21, 2013

Europe rights court orders Spain to free ETA militant

MADRID (Reuters) – Europe’s top human rights court ordered Spain on Monday to free a Basque separatist militant, saying her extended prison sentence was illegal, a ruling victims groups warned would lead to the early release of dozens of violent prisoners.

The Strasbourg-based court also told Madrid to pay 30,000 euros ($41,100) compensation to Ines del Rio who was jailed in 1989 for her role in 23 assassinations and car bombings carried out by the Basque independence movement ETA.

Aug 5, 2013

Spanish pedophile pardoned in Morocco arrested in Spain

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish police have arrested a convicted pedophile who was pardoned by Morocco’s King Mohamed VI last week, a source at Spain’s Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Daniel Galvan Vina, who was serving a 30-year sentence in Morocco and was among 48 jailed Spaniards pardoned at the request of Spain’s King Juan Carlos, was arrested in the south-eastern city of Murcia.

Jul 9, 2013

Spain says U.S. tipoff led it to query Bolivian flight

MADRID (Reuters) – Spain acknowledged on Tuesday that a U.S. request had led it to delay approving an overflight by Bolivia’s president, but said it had given the go-ahead after receiving an assurance from Bolivia that U.S. fugitive Edward Snowden was not on the plane.

Bolivia has accused Spain, France, Portugal and Italy of closing their skies to President Evo Morales’ plane last week after being told it was carrying the former U.S. spy agency contractor from Moscow to Bolivia, and demanded to know who gave them that information.