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Real Madrid stage comeback to stay top; Messi scores in Barcelona win

Lionel Messi scored the winner as Barcelona beat Atletico Madrid 2-1 on Sunday to move top of the Spanish first division.

Brexit fears plague locals and expats alike in southern Spain

As Britain's departure from the EU approaches, the anxiety is most palpable on Spain's Costa del Sol, where so many Britons live. What will happen to the economy if the expats one day have to leave?

Barcelona police open fire on stolen lorry laden with gas canisters

Security forces in Barcelona opened fire on a stolen lorry laden with gas canisters to bring a rampage through the city to an end, police in the Spanish city said on Tuesday.

Eleven injured as migrants storm Spanish enclave of Ceuta

Around 350 migrants managed to scale the 6-metre-high double border fence around the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco early Monday.

Messi's last minute penalty saves Barcelona from shock draw

Barcelona beat Leganes 2-1 with a last minute penalty from Lionel Messi in the Spanish first division on Sunday.

Hundreds of migrants stampede Moroccan border fence into Spanish city

Hundreds of migrants stampeded a six-metre border fence in Morocco on Friday and entered the independent Spanish city of Ceuta, Moroccan authorities said.

Reports: Spanish princess cleared in tax fraud trial, husband guilty

Spain's Princess Cristina has been acquitted of being an accessory to tax fraud, the El Pais newspaper and Spanish TV reported Friday.

Nadal skips Spain's Davis Cup clash with Croatia

Veteran Rafael Nadal is to skip the Davis Cup first-round clash with Croatia following his fairytale run to the Australian Open final, the Spanish team said Monday.

Police detain boxer in Spain suspected of Islamic State recruiting

Spanish police on Monday detained a suspected Islamic State member suspected of using his contacts as a boxing instructor to recruit people to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe, Spain's Interior Ministry said.

Sevilla beat Real Madrid to end their 40-game unbeaten run

Sevilla ended Real Madrid’s 40-game unbeaten run on Sunday in Spain’s top division with a 2-1 victory.

Barcelona president reassures supporters over Messi's future

Barcelona president Josep Maria Bartomeu reassured supporters on Saturday that the club would renew Leo Messi’s contract.

Benzema strike helps Madrid set unbeaten record in cup thriller

Karim Benzema's stoppage time strike helped Real Madrid set a new Spanish record of 40 games unbeaten on Thursday, in a thrilling 3-3 draw with Sevilla that saw Los Blancos reach the Copa del Rey quarter-finals.

Real Madrid equal record unbeaten run with easy win over Granada

Barcelona (dpa) - Real Madrid made it a record-equalling 39 games unbeaten with a 5-0 Spanish league win over Granada at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday.

Over 1,100 migrants attempt to storm Spanish enclave in North Africa

More than 1,100 migrants attempted to storm the border fence of the Spanish enclave of Ceuta in Morocco overnight, Spain's efe news agency reported on Sunday, citing the authorities.

Agent: Ronaldo offered 100-million salary in China

Cristiano Ronaldo has been offered a 100 million-euros (105 million dollars) salary per season by an unnamed club if he joins the Chinese Super League, according to his agent Jorge Mendes.

Real Madrid's transfer ban cut on appeal at CAS

Madrid (dpa) - Real Madrid have had their transfer ban cut in half by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the European champions said Tuesday.

Five arrested and weapons seized in ETA raid, France says

Police arrested five people linked to Basque separatist group ETA and seized a stock of weapons, explosives and ammunition during a joint French-Spanish operation, the French Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Dramatic Real Madrid comeback sees them break unbeaten record

Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos saved his team yet again with a header in stoppage time, earning them a dramatic 3-2 win over Deportivo la Coruna, ensuring they broke the club's all-time unbeaten record and kept their six-point advantage over Barcelona at the top of La Liga.

Battistelli calls on Croatia to join European Unitary Patent project

Croatia and Spain are the only two EU member states that have not yet joined the European Unitary Patent project, Benoit Battistelli, president of the European Patent Office (EPO), told Hina Friday.  

Latvian police fine couple after monumental public sex session

A pair of tourists were fined 250 euros (263 dollars) on Friday after being caught having sex on the Freedom Monument in Riga, Latvia.

Croatian footballer under investigation for tax evasion in Spain

Since joining Real Madrid in August 2012, Modric and his wife used the company in Luxembourg to charge for commercials and other sponsorship activities.

Ramos earns Real Madrid a dramatic draw in El Clasico

Sergio Ramos earned Real Madrid a dramatic late draw in El Clasico by heading in a Luka Modric free-kick to hold Barcelona 1-1 on Saturday.

34 arrests in Spain in tennis match-fixing probe

Spanish authorities have detained 34 people, including six players, in connection with match-fixing at lower tier tennis tournaments in Spain and Portugal, police said on Thursday.

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza wins Cervantes Prize

Spanish novelist Eduardo Mendoza has won the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the Spanish-speaking world's highest literary honour.

Ronaldo scores twice as Real extend lead with 2-1 defeat of Gijon

Real Madrid extended their lead atop the Spanish Liga to seven points on Saturday, with a 2-1 home defeat of lowly Sporting Gijon

Real cruise 3-0 at Atletico, with Ronaldo hat-trick

Real Madrid opened up a four-point gap atop the Spanish Liga with a 3-0 win at neighbours Atletico on Saturday, after a hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo.

Spanish pensioner's death sparks protests

Thousands of people took to the streets of some 20 cities in Spain on Saturday to protest against energy poverty.

Two suspected jihadists detained in Spain

Two men suspected of being prepared to carry out terrorist attacks in Europe were detained in Madrid early Saturday, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement.

Spain faces hefty EU fine for failing to process sewage correctly

Spain was threatened Thursday with a fine of more than 46.5 million euros (49.8 million dollars) for failing to enact EU rules on sewage treatment, the bloc's executive said, as it referred the issue to the European Union's top court.

Spanish police break up child porn ring

Spanish police have broken up a child pornography ring, arresting 56 men including the group's suspected leader in several locations, officials said on Thursday.

Cristiano Ronaldo extends Real Madrid contract until 2021

Superstar Cristiano Ronaldo has agreed to extend his contract with Real Madrid until 2021, the European champions said on Sunday.

Bale gets brace as leaders Real Madrid beat Leganes 3-0

Gareth Bale scored twice and Alvaro Morata got the other as Spanish league leaders Real Madrid trounced lowly neighbours Leganes 3-0 on Sunday.

Chief of separatist group ETA arrested in France

The head of Spain's separatist ETA group has been arrested in France after eight years in hiding, the Spanish Interior Ministry said Saturday.

Spain's Rajoy sworn in as prime minister after months of deadlock

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy was sworn in for a second term on Monday by King Felipe VI.

Real Madrid extend contract of forward Bale to 2022

Real Madrid have extended the contract of forward Gareth Bale from 2019 to 2022, the European champions said on Sunday.

Mariano Rajoy wins confidence vote to become Spain's prime minister

Mariano Rajoy won a confidence vote on Saturday to become Spain's prime minister, ending a 10-month political deadlock to form a new government.

Ronaldo hits hat-trick as Real Madrid keep top spot

Cristiano Ronaldo ended his goal drought with a timely hat-trick as Real Madrid kept top spot in the Spanish Liga with a 4-1 romp at midtable Alaves on Saturday.

Spain's Rajoy faces parliamentary vote that could break deadlock

Spain's acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is hoping to win a parliamentary confidence vote on Saturday after losing a first ballot earlier in the week.

Russia drops request for navy to use Spanish port under NATO pressure

Russia has withdrawn its request for warships to use the Spanish port of Ceuta on the Mediterranean Sea, the Russian embassy said Wednesday, following heavy criticism from NATO.

Spanish Socialists resolve crisis as minority government looms

Spain is set to have its first fully functional government in 10 months after the centre-left Socialist Party (PSOE) Sunday gave the green light to a minority government led by the rival People's Party (PP).

Barcelona go top late on in Valencia but captain Iniesta injured

Barcelona stumbled to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with a late 3-2 win at spirited Valencia but may have lost captain Andres Iniesta to a knee injury.

Catalonia to uphold bullfighting ban despite veto by top court

The Spanish region of Catalonia wants to uphold its ban on bullfighting despite the ban being overturned by the country's top court.

Violent protest by refugees in Madrid ends peacefully

A violent protest by refugees in the Spanish capital Madrid was ended peacefully by police Wednesday morning after 12 hours of negotiations, the head of the camp where they live, Ignacio Cosido, told reporters.

Real Madrid extend contract of playmaker Modric

Real Madrid have extended the contract of veteran Croatian playmaker Luka Modric until 2020, the European champions said on Tuesday. 

Neymar extends contract with Barcelona to 2021

Brazil striker Neymar has agreed to extend his contract with Barcelona for two more years, until 2012, the Spanish champions said on Monday.

Messi returns in style as Barcelona enjoy 4-0 rout

Barcelona cruise up to second in the Spanish Liga with a 4-0 exhibition at home to Deportivo La Coruna and Lionel Messi scoring just three minutes after returning from a month's injury absence.

Real Madrid extend contract of Kroos to 2022

Real Madrid have extended the contract of Germany midfielder Toni Kroos for two more years, until 2022, the European champions said on Wednesday.

Spanish comedies to be shown at Tuskanac cinema this week

Five Spanish comedies will be shown at Zagreb's Tuskanac cinema this week, and the event will start with the screening of Alvaro Fernandez-Armero's film "Las ovejas no pierden el tren" (Sidetracked) on Monday.

Spain go top with impressive 2-0 win in Albania

Spain cruised to the top of World Cup qualifying Group G on Sunday with an authoritative 2-0 win in Albania on second-half goals from Diego Costa and Nolito.

Croatia cruised 6-0 in Kosovo. Spain held 1-1 by Italy, Wales draw 2-2 in Austria

Italy managed to battle out a 1-1 draw at home to a lively Spain on Thursday in Turin, in a high-profile World Cup qualifier.

Atletico miss two penalties in 2-0 win at Valencia to go top

Atletico Madrid stumbled to the top of the Spanish Liga on Sunday in an eventful 2-0 win at lowly Valencia, in which local keeper Diego Alves saved two penalties from the visitors.

Real Madrid's Modric undergoes surgery on his left knee

Real Madrid playmaker Luka Modric on Sunday underwent arthroscopic surgery to clean up his left knee, the European champions said.

Leader of Spanish Socialists quits, could signal new government

Pedro Sanchez, head of Spain's Socialist Party (PSOE), resigned late Saturday in an intra-party squabble over whether to support a conservative-led governing coalition.

90 injured in Spanish cafe gas explosion

At least 90 people were injured in a gas explosion at a cafe in southern Spain, officials said Sunday.

Sevilla go level with leaders Real after beating Alaves

Sevilla joined Spanish leaders Real Madrid on 14 points on Saturday courtesy of a brace from Wissam Ben Yedder in the 2-1 home defeat of dogged Alaves.

Islamic State propaganda cell broken up in Germany, Spain and Belgium

Five supporters of the Islamic State terrorist group have been arrested in Germany, Spain and Belgium on suspicion of spreading jihadist propaganda, the Interior Ministry in Madrid said Wednesday.

Rajoy's party wins in Galicia, Nationalists top in Basque Country

Spain's conservative People's Party (PP) won an overall majority in the parliament of Galicia, while the Basque Nationalist Party (PNV) came out on top in the Basque Country, in regional elections on Sunday.

Tense elections in Spain's Galicia and Basque Country

Some 4 million Spaniards in the autonomous regions of Galicia and Basque Country were called to vote Sunday in polls that could affect a political stalemate in the capital, Madrid.

Barcelona go top with 5-0 romp in Gijon, ahead of Real match

Neymar scored a late brace as Barcelona cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with an impressive 5-0 romp at 10-man Sporting Gijon.

Real Madrid held 1-1 by Villarreal, fail to establish new record

Spanish leaders Real Madrid were held 1-1 at home by defiant Villarreal on Wednesday as they failed to score a record 17th straight victory in La Liga.

Barcelona go top with 5-1 romp at Leganes

Barcelona cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with an emphatic 5-1 romp at Leganes.

Handsome wins for Madrid teams Real and Atletico

Real Madrid cruised to the top of the Spanish Liga on Saturday with a 5-2 home slaughter of feeble Osasuna, straight after neighbours Atletico had prevailed 4-0 at Celta Vigo for their first win of the season.

At least four dead, 50 injured after Spanish train crash

At least four people are dead and 50 injured after a train crash in northern Spain, the deputy mayor of the nearby town of O Porrino told 24Horas television on Friday.

Men attack pregnant Muslim woman wearing full-face veil in Barcelona

Two suspected right-wing extremists attacked a heavily pregnant Muslim woman wearing a full-face veil in Barcelona, Spanish news agency Efe reported on Wednesday citing police sources.

Third election looms in Spain after Rajoy again loses confidence vote

The Spanish Parliament late Friday rejected acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's second attempt in one week to win a confidence vote to form a new government, edging the country closer to a third election in a year.

Spain still without government as Rajoy loses vote in parliament

The Spanish Parliament rejected acting Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's bid Wednesday for a second term in office, deepening the country's political stalemate after nearly nine months without a government and two inconclusive elections.

Rakitic scores to give Barcelona 1-0 win at Bilbao

Spanish leaders Barcelona battle out a tight win 1-0 at dogged Athletic Bilbao, to keep pace with Las Palmas and Real Madrid atop La Liga.

Kroos gives Real Madrid late win and top spot

Real Madrid went top of the Spanish Liga Saturday with a late 2-1 defeat of lively Celta Vigo, with Toni Kroos hitting the winner nine minutes from time.

At least sixteen foreigners among victims of Italy's earthquake

The death toll from the massive earthquake that struck central Italy, which stands at 291 according to the latest count, includes at least 16 foreign nationals from Romania, Britain, Spain, Canada and Albania.

Barcelona confirm signing of Cillessen from Ajax

Barcelona have clinched the signing of Dutch goalkeeper Jasper Cillessen from Ajax on a five-year contract, the Spanish champions said Thursday.

Real Madrid begin with 3-0 win at Real Sociedad

Real Madrid begin their Spanish league campaign with an authoritative 3-0 win at Real Sociedad, with a brace from Gareth Bale and a handsome goal from youngster Marco Asensio.

Spain edge Australia 89-88 for basketball bronze

Sergio Rodriguez converted two free throws with 5.4 seconds left as Spain salvaged an 89-88 victory over heartbroken Australia for Olympic basketball bronze on Sunday.

Barcelona keeper Bravo set for move to Manchester City

Barcelona are poised to sell veteran goalkeeper Claudio Bravo to Manchester City, the club's sporting director Robert Fernandez said Saturday.

Three-goal Suarez leads the charge as Barcelona thump Betis 6-2

Luis Suarez scored a hat-trick and Lionel Messi bagged two as Barcelona started their defence of their Spanish league title with a 6-2 destruction of Real Betis on Saturday.

Barcelona cruise to Super Cup with another defeat of Sevilla

Barcelona cruised to triumph in the Spanish Super Cup with an impressive 3-0 destruction Wednesday of brittle Sevilla, with a handsome brace from Arda Turan followed by a final goal from Lionel Messi.

Is Real Madrid's Perez losing his purchasing power?

Is Real Madrid president Florentino Perez losing his legendary ability to attract world football's top talents to the Estadio Bernabeu? This is the question being asked in Spanish and world football, after a second straight frustrating summer for the millionaire construction magnate.

Rejuvenated Barcelona set to continue their reign in Spain

Spanish champions Barcelona look set fair to continue their domination of La Liga, especially after their purchase of a handful of promising young guns

Slick Barcelona win 2-0 in Super Cup first leg

Barcelona are well placed to win the Spanish Super Cup after an authoritative 2-0 win at Sevilla Sunday in the first leg, on important away goals in the second half from Luis Suarez and supersub Munir.

Barcelona pinning their Super Cup hopes on new-look Messi

Barcelona will be looking to Lionel Messi to guide them in Sunday's Spanish Super Cup first leg, after the Argentine idol returned in style Wednesday against Sampdoria.

Nearly 7 per cent of Spanish island La Palma destroyed by wildfire

Nearly 7 per cent of La Palma has been destroyed by a deadly wildfire that has ravaged thousands of acres of the Spanish island since last week, the Spanish news agency Efe said late Monday.

EU governments agree to waive fines for Spain, Portugal deficits

Spain and Portugal will not be fined despite failing to take effective action to whittle down their public deficits, EU member states announced Tuesday, taking into account mitigating factors in both countries.

German suspect held without bail in deadly wildfire on Spanish island

A 27-year-old German man suspected of starting a deadly wildfire still blazing on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands, was ordered held without bail by a Spanish judge, the regional court said Saturday.

Man dies in wildfire started by burnt toilet paper on Spanish island

A 54-year-old man died Thursday while helping fight a wildfire on the Spanish island of La Palma that broke out after toilet paper was set on fire, the Spanish news agency Efe reported.

Two Islamic State terrorism suspects arrested in Spain

Two Moroccan brothers were arrested in Gerona north-eastern Spain on suspicion of aiding the terrorist militia Islamic State, the Interior Ministry in Madrid reported Wednesday.

Spanish police bust international weapons-smuggling ring

Spanish police said Saturday that they had busted an international arms smuggling ring and arrested the alleged kingpin following raids on the island of Ibiza.

EU sanctions over budget deficit "counterproductive," says Spain

The government in Madrid has called on the European Union not to impose sanctions on Spain over missing its debt target for 2015, in a document published by the Finance Ministry overnight Thursday.

Portugal won't adopt further cuts despite threat of EU sanctions

Portugal will not take any additional austerity measures to reduce the budget deficit despite the threat of EU sanctions, the Portuguese newspaper Publico reported Wednesday.

Portugal, Spain given 10 days to argue against EU deficit fines

Portugal and Spain have failed to take effective action to whittle down their public deficits, EU finance ministers confirmed Tuesday as they gave the two countries 10 days to present arguments on why they should not be hit with fines.

Spain, Portugal edge closer to fines for breaching EU deficit rules

Spain and Portugal moved closer Thursday to being fined for breaching EU budget rules, as the European Commission found that both countries had failed to take effective action to whittle down their deficits.

Messi given suspended 21-month sentence for tax evasion

The 29-year-old testified at the trial on June 2 before heading to the United States for the Copa America.

EU orders Spanish football clubs to pay back millions in state aid

The European Union on Monday ordered seven Spanish football clubs, including national champions Barcelona, to pay back millions of euros in state aid, finding that the support gave them an unfair competitive advantage over other clubs.

EU orders Spanish football clubs to pay back millions in state aid

The European Union orders seven Spanish football clubs, including national champions Barcelona, to pay back millions of euros in state aid, finding that the support gave them an unfair competitive advantage over other clubs.

Spanish government launches probe into Vueling after airport chaos

An investigation has been launched into Spain's low-cost airline Vueling following chaos caused by the company at Barcelona airport at the weekend, the Spanish Transport Ministry said Sunday.

Italy end Spain's football reign for good, 2-0 in last 16 at Euro

Inspired Italy ended Spain's reign of world football for good on Monday when they ousted the two-time reigning champions 2-0 in the last 16 at Euro 2016.

Spain's Rajoy says Socialists top list for talks to form government

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to prioritize talks with the Socialist Workers' Party after his centre-right People's Party (PP) won the most seats in parliamentary elections.

Spanish premier: Socialists top list for talks to form government

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy plans to prioritize talks with the Socialist Workers' Party after his centre-right People's Party (PP) won the most seats in parliamentary elections.

Spain's conservatives first in elections; leftist parties see gains

The Podemos (We Can) Party, led by Pablo Iglesias, finished second to the PP, according to projections, which placed the socialist PSOE party in third after also suffering losses.

Potential Spanish coalition governments

Spanish voters went to the polls for rerun elections after six months of political gridlock.

Spain approach Italy clash with doubts after defeat against Croatia

Wednesday's shock 2-1 defeat against Croatia has not only sent holders Spain into the difficult half of the Euro 2016 bracket, but it has also punctured the confidence of Vicente del Bosque and his players

Spain says Brexit changes framework of Gibraltar talks

Future talks will not involve Britain's relations with the EU, but will be conducted bilaterally between Britain and Spain, Garcia-Margallo told the radio station Onda Cero.