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Nov 30, 2014

Depor fan killed in clashes before Atletico game

MADRID (Reuters) – A Deportivo La Coruna supporter died after dozens of rival fans from radical groups clashed before the club’s La Liga match at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

The 43-year-old fan, identified by Deportivo as Francisco Javier Romero Taboada, was pulled out of the freezing Manzanares river near Atletico’s Calderon stadium and suffered cardiac arrest, hypothermia and head injuries, emergency services said.

Nov 30, 2014

Soccer-Depor fan killed in clashes before Atletico game

MADRID, Nov 30 (Reuters) – A Deportivo La Coruna supporter died after dozens of rival fans from radical groups clashed before the club’s La Liga match at Atletico Madrid on Sunday.

The 43-year-old fan, identified by Deportivo as Francisco Javier Romero Taboada, was pulled out of the freezing Manzanares river near Atletico’s Calderon stadium and suffered cardiac arrest, hypothermia and head injuries, emergency services said.

Nov 27, 2014

Three priests and layman charged in Spanish sexual abuse case

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish magistrates have charged four people, including three Catholic priests, with sex offences following a child abuse investigation instigated by Pope Francis.

The priests, along with a lay person, were arrested on Monday as part of an investigation in Granada, southern Spain, and have been released from custody. One of them had to pay bail of 10,000 euros (12,479 US dollars), the Supreme Court of the Andalusia region said on Thursday.

Nov 7, 2014

Spanish court upholds charges of tax fraud against Princess Cristina

MADRID (Reuters) – A Spanish court said on Friday it would uphold charges of tax fraud against Cristina de Borbon, 49, sister of King Felipe VI, in a graft probe which along with other high-profile corruption cases has eroded Spaniards’ faith in their institutions.

However, the High Court of Palma de Mallorca added it would drop charges of money-laundering against the princess as part of an investigation into her husband Inaki Urdangarin’s business dealings.

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.