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Catalonia gets ready to accelerate independence after ballot.

Catalonia's Parliament has approved procedural changes that will fast-track a declaration of independence if the region's voters choose to secede from Spain in an Oct. 1 referendum the Spanish government maintains is illegal.

- FOX News - US

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy gives evidence in court.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has told the country's National Court he did not know anything about the ruling Popular Party's accounting practices when a corrupt scheme allegedly helped fund it.

- - IE

Gareth Bale not interested in leaving Real Madrid amid Manchester United link.

Exclusive: United aware that Bale is not looking for a move away from the Spanish capital.

- - UK

Virgil van Dijk urged to reject Liverpool in favour of Barcelona or Real Madrid move.

Dutch defender expected to become a Reds player before the end of the summer transfer window.

- - UK

Neymar PSG switch doubts grow in Barcelona.

MADRID, July 26 — Confusion surrounding the Neymar-Paris Saint-Germain transfer saga was rife in Barcelona today, with the player staying silent on his future. Doubts, doubts and more doubts,' ran the headline on the front page of Catalan...

- The Malay Mail - MY

No Real deal for Mbappe insist Monaco.

MONACO, July 26 — Monaco said today that no deal with Real Madrid has been reached for teenage French international striker Kylian Mbappe. Monaco vice president Vadim Vasilyev also said in a press conference the principality club were in...

- The Malay Mail - MY

Rajoy becomes first sitting Spanish PM to testify in court.

Premier a witness in fraud and bribery case that has knocked confidence in his party

- Financial Times - US

This 1 Strategy Can Transform Your Business.

Ever compared yourself, as an entrepreneur, to the Spanish explorer Hernando Cortés? Maybe you should start.

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On-demand delivery startup Jinn pulls out of all other markets outside London'.

Jinn, the U.K. same-hour 'shop on your behalf' delivery app, has pulled out of all markets outside London, TechCrunch has learned. According to sources, the startup shut down operations in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, Leeds as of yesterday, whilst I understand the Spanish team may have been let go, too.

- TechCrunch - US

Image of the Day.

The European Space Agency's Rover Autonomy Testbed, or RAT, takes a test drive at night during testing in the moon-like environment of Teide National Park of Tenerife in Spain's Canary Islands.

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Watch: Spanish PM Rajoy gives evidence in corruption trial.

Mariano Rajoy today denied any knowledge of an illegal financing scheme within his conservative People's Party as he became the first sitting prime minister in Spain to give evidence in a trial, prompting calls for his resigination. Rajoy's appearance at the corruption trial as a witness turns the spotlight back on the ...

- - MT

Neymar advises PSG to sign Philippe Coutinho or Alexis Sanchez ahead of Barcelona departure

Brazil international braced to complete £195m move to the French capital.

- - UK

In pictures: Wind-whipped wildfires rage across southern Europe

Fires have ravaged tinder-dry vegetation in France, Portugal, Italy, Spain, Croatia and Montenegro and across southern Europe.

- - UK

Mariano Rajoy is first Spanish PM to testify in court

He vociferously denies any part in an alleged illegal financing scheme swirling around his party.

- BBC - UK

La Liga: Doubts over Neymar staying at Barcelona continue to grow as PSG make record bid

Gerard Pique has sparked panic at Barcelona after appearing to backtrack on his 'he stays' tweet on teammate Neymar, target of a blockbuster transfer by Paris Saint Germain. The post La Liga: Doubts over Neymar staying at Barcelona continue to grow as PSG make record bid appeared first on Firstpost.

- Firstpost - IN

Spanish Prime Minister Denies Knowledge of Alleged Illegal Financing

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy testified in court on Wednesday as a witness in a graft trial and said he had no knowledge of the alleged illegal financing scheme that helped fund his Popular Party.

- Wall Street Journal - US

Spanish football chief Villar banned amid graft probe

Spanish football federation president Angel Maria Villar, in custody following his arrest on corruption charges, was suspended for a year on Tuesday by the country's sports ministry .

- The Local - ES

Protests outside court as Spanish PM takes stand in corruption trial

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy will on Wednesday take the stand as a witness in a major graft trial involving former members of his conservative Popular Party, a first in the country.

- The Local - ES

Rajoy: 'I never dealt with party financial matters'

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy took the stand on Wednesday as a witness in a major graft trial involving former members of his conservative Popular Party, a first in the country.

- The Local - ES

DGT to employ another 100 driving examiners in response to ongoing strike

AN EXTRA 100 driving examiners will be employed across Spain from next year, of whom 32 will have been drafted in from the Armed Forces, says the ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Using tech to bring students closer to nature

Cartagena , July 26 Children in India, as in the United States, are learning about the wild along with their school curriculum thanks to a North Carolina-based biologist who is using technology to bring them closer to nature. For mammalogist Stephanie Schuttler, given the current decline of many species, "citizen science" ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Manchester City in advanced talks to sign Kylian Mbappe as Real Madrid loiter

Manchester City have reportedly spoken to Kylian Mbappe.

- - UK

Bull kills itself after Spaniards tie burning torches to its horns in sickening video

The animal had earlier gored a man during the 'Bulls in the Street' festival in Foios, near Valencia.

- - UK

Spain's Rajoy testifies as witness in major graft trial

Spain's Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy is standing Wednesday as a witness in a major trial of some 40 people accused of involvement in a kickbacks-for-contracts scheme that helped finance his ruling Popular Party.

- FOX News - US

Rajoy to become first sitting Spanish premier to testify

- Financial Times - US

Mariano Rajoy to become first sitting Spanish PM to testify in court

Fraud and bribery case involves 37 defendants and more than 300 witnesses

- Financial Times - US

Almodovar Cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine to Be Honored by Locarno Film Festival

ROME - Spanish cinematographer Jose Luis Alcaine, known for his vivid color palette and his work with Pedro Almodovar and other influential directors, will be recognized by the Locarno Film Festival with its Vision Award honoring technical achievements and advancements in film. Besides working on five Almodovar films, ...

- Variety - US

Mariano Rajoy becomes first sitting Spanish prime minister to give evidence in court

PP leader gives testimony in Gurtel case

- The Olive Press - ES

Who is driving quality in EU agri-food?

The EU's Southern member states are the leading producers of foods certified by EU quality schemes: between them, Italy, France, Spain, Portugal and Greece account for 70% of the total. The EU has 1,402 food products registered and identified with geographical indications . Disclaimer: This project has been funded with ...

- EurActive - UK

Quality food secures Spain's place in globalised market

Spain is an agricultural powerhouse: agri-food products account for 20% of the country's exports. And if there is one thing keeping Spanish farmers competitive in the age of globalisation it is the quality of their products. EURACTV's partner EFEAgro reports.

- EurActive - UK

Spanish border cop hurls barrier at knifeman

While several officers at a busy border crossing checkpoint were trying to reason with the knife-wielding assailant, another snuck up slowly behind the suspect with an unlikely weapon — a giant plastic barrier.

- ABC News - AU

3 Steps to Solidarity Between Peru and Chile in 2017

Are Peru and Chile becoming friends?  Here are 3 steps the countries have taken to strengthen ties in 2017 Peru and Chile have similar roots as neighboring Latin American countries. They were both “liberated” from the Spanish empire by the campaigns of San Martin during the War of Independence. In fact, San ...

- Peruthisweek - PE

Football transfers: what the UK papers say

WHAT THE PAPERS SAY Liverpool insist Brazilian playmaker PHILIPPE COUTINHO is not for sale at any price but the Daily Star reports that Barcelona are preparing an £80million bid. The Reds have already rejected a £72million offer from the Catalan giants, who do not appear keen to take no for an answer. Manchester City are ...

- - MT

Philippe Coutinho agrees terms with Barcelona as Juventus prepare offer for Emre Can

Barcelona are yet to agree a fee with Liverpool after their initial £72m offer was rejected.

- - UK

Real Madrid's efforts in signing Kylian Mbappe give Manchester United encouragement in signing Gareth Bale

Mbappe will not join Real if he has to play alongside Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema.

- - UK

Kylian Mbappe not needed at Real Madrid says Casemiro: 'The best players are already here'

Madrid have reportedly agreed a €180m fee for the young Frenchman.

- - UK

Gerard Pique says he does not know if Neymar will stay at Barcelona

Neymar, 25, has been linked with a mega-money move to Paris Saint-Germain.

- - UK

Spanish PM Rajoy Heads to Court as Witness in Corruption Trial

Mariano Rajoy will on Wednesday become Spain's first sitting prime minister to be called to court as he appears as a witness in a long-running graft trial that has rocked his conservative party and hurt him at the ballot box. Rajoy returned to power for a second term last October with a severely diminished mandate, after a ...

- Voice of America - US

China Tells Spanish to Stop Drilling in South China Sea

A Chinese spokesperson called for an end to joint drilling operations between Spain's Repsol and Vietnam. The post China Tells Spanish to Stop Drilling in South China Sea appeared first on The American Interest.

- The American Interest - US

Strengthening Entrepreneurial Ecosystems in Southern European Cities: BIG Bilbao

Three Questions with Natalia Saiz Gonzalez Natalia Saiz Gonzalez, head of Entrepreneurship and Support to Medium and Small Businesses at Bilbao International, is one of the METROS participants involved in the development and creation of BIG Bilbao. The city of Bilbao, Spain, recently inaugurated BIG Bilbao , an innovative ...

- GMF - DE

VIDEO: Man shouting 'Allahu Akbar' attacks police on Morocco-Spain border

A man shouting "Allahu Akbar" - God is Great - and wielding a knife injured a police officer on the border between Morocco and the Spanish territory of Melilla on Tuesday morning.

- The Local - ES

And the most beautiful plaza in Spain is...?

As the sun goes down, there's no better place to be than at a Spanish plaza. The Local looks at some of the most beautiful plazas on the Iberian Peninsula.

- The Local - ES

'Citizens are our top priority in Brexit negotiations': Open letter from British ambassador to Spain Simon Manley

In this open letter to British residents in Spain, Ambassador Simon Manley writes about citizens' rights in the negotiations on our departure from and future partnership with the EU.

- The Local - ES

More women than men now seeking help for alcohol dependency

The latest study into drug dependency in Spain has shown that the number of women seeking help for addiction surpassed the number of men in 2016. The study, carried out by UNAD (Union of Drug Addiction ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Spanish tourists in custody for stealing drinks and bread from bar in Thailand

FOUR Spanish tourists could face jail for breaking into a café in Chiang Mai , northern Thailand in the early hours and stealing bread and ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Police bring down armed man at Melilla border crossing

A man wielding a knife and shouting "Allah is great" caused a commotion at the Beni-Enzar border crossing in Melilla first thing on Tuesday morning, with one officer ending up with cuts to his hand as a result of the ...

- thinkSPAIN - ES

Knife-wielding man who shouted 'Allahu Akbar' injures officer: authorities

Video released by Spain's National Police showed how agents encircled the suspect


Spain suspends longtime football president after arrest

One week after his arrest in a corruption probe, Angel Maria Villar's three-decade reign of the Spanish Football Federation came to an end Tuesday when he was suspended from its presidency.

- The Daily Star - LB

Spanish PM Rajoy heads to court as witness in corruption trial

MADRID - Mariano Rajoy will on Wednesday become Spain's first sitting prime minister to be called to court as he appears as a witness in a long-running graft trial that has rocked his conservative party and hurt him at the ballot box.

- Reuters - US

CCTV captures the dramatic moment police overpower a knife-wielding man

Dramatic CCTV footage shows policemen overpowering a knife-wielding man who attacked officers on the Spanish-Moroccan border.It is understood he was shouting "Allahu akbar" or "God is greatest" as well as other Arabic chants at...

- The New Zealand Herald - NZ