The Local : Spain (38)

Spain now sixth best team in the world according to FIFA rankings

Spain climbed two places to sixth and Switzerland were up three spots to eighth in the latest FIFA world rankings released on Thursday.

Spain adds two new three Michelin star restaurants

The prestige of Spain's food scene has been reflected once again as two more of the country's restaurants were awarded three Michelin stars – the highest accolade handed out by the Michelin Guide.

Madrid police suspends three officers over death threats to mayor and journalists in Whatsapp group

Three officers have been suspended by Madrid's municipal police force over a Whatsapp group where death threats were made to public figures including the city's mayor and high-profile TV journalists, as well as towards a fellow officer who reported them.

Griezmann gives Atletico Madrid hope of pulling off Champions League miracle

Diego Simeone refused to be downhearted by Atletico Madrid's slim chances of making the Champions League last 16 after Antoine Griezmann returned to form with a stunning overhead kick and assist for Kevin Gameiro to beat Roma 2-0 on Wednesday.

Assange warned by Ecuador over support for Catalonia

Ecuador has told WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to avoid making statements that could affect the country's international relations after he expressed support for Catalan independence from Spain, the foreign ministry said on Wednesday.

It's official: This is Spain's best cheese

Have a tough time opting between Manchego, Mahón or Idiazabal? With so many tasty options to choose from, picking cheese in Spain can be a difficult task, but one now towers above the rest according to the World Cheese Awards.

Italian PM 'very angry' with Spain over EU agency vote: Maroni

The Italian government is irked by Spain's decision to back Amsterdam rather than Milan as host of the European Union's key drug agency when it leaves London after Brexit, regional president Roberto Maroni said.

Sevilla coach Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer

Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo is suffering from prostate cancer, the La Liga side confirmed.

Trump hits Spanish olives with US import duty

The United States on Tuesday imposed import duties on ripe Spanish olives, saying preliminary findings indicated they were subject to unfair subsidies that harmed producers in California.

Sevilla come back from three goals down to ruin Liverpool's party

Sevilla produced a stunning fightback from a three-goal half-time deficit to earn a thrilling 3-3 draw with Liverpool on Tuesday thanks to Guido Pizarro's stoppage-time equaliser.

Spain defends holding hundreds of migrants in jail

Spain on Tuesday defended holding in prison nearly 500 migrants who arrived in the country by boat.

Top Spanish journalist to take legal action over death threats in police Whatsapp group

One of Spain's leading journalists is to take legal measures after a newspaper uncovered death threats and insults towards her and her family in a private Whatsapp group for municipal police in Madrid.

Spanish police arrest suspected Isis recruiter in Melilla

Spanish police have arrested a 21-year-old man in North African enclave Melilla for carrying out indoctrination on behalf of Isis.

Former Caracas mayor vows to fight Maduro from exile in Madrid

The former mayor of Caracas, a staunch opponent of Venezuela's President Nicolas Maduro who fled to Spain over the weekend, vowed on Monday to battle against the president's regime, warning him to "get ready".

As Spain battles extreme drought, experts warn climate change means it's here to stay

Spain and Portugal are grappling with a devastating drought which has left rivers nearly dry, sparked deadly wildfires and devastated crops -- and experts warn that prolonged dry spells will become more frequent.

Coutinho not thinking about Barça audition, Klopp insists

Jurgen Klopp insisted Philippe Coutinho's mind is only on Liverpool ahead of the Brazilian's first appearance on Spanish soil since a prolonged transfer pursuit by Barcelona failed to prise the playmaker away from Anfield.

Madrid and Catalan separatists trade blame over failed bid for EU agency

Spain's central government and Catalan separatists traded the blame Monday after Barcelona failed to be picked to host the European Medicines Agency, which is leaving London after Britain's decision to exit the EU.

Deposed Catalan government's botched Photoshop job sparks memes

An amateurish piece of photo editing carried out for Catalonia's deposed government has led to a host of memes mocking the botched effort.

'Ghost striker' Benzema the fall guy as Real Madrid flounder

In a recurring theme of Real Madrid's stuttering season, Zinedine Zidane protested all his side lacked was a goal as they fell 10 points behind La Liga leaders Barcelona after firing more blanks in a bad-tempered Madrid derby.

More than 80 percent of Catalans predicted to vote in December election

A new poll carried out by one of Spain's biggest newspapers predicts that more than four fifths of the voting population will turn out to take part in Catalonia's December 21st elections.

Revived Valencia show La Liga title credentials with yet another win

Valencia maintained their pursuit of Barcelona to remain four points off the La Liga leaders thanks to second-half goals from Geoffrey Kondogbia and Santi Mina to beat a luckless Espanyol 2-0 on Sunday.

Spain's top prosecutor Maza dies in Argentina

Spain's top prosecutor Jose Manuel Maza, fresh off the drama of the Catalonian independence bid, died unexpectedly on Saturday during a working visit to Argentina.

600 African migrants rescued near Spain

Around 600 African migrants were rescued off the coast of Spain in 24 hours, a sea rescue patrol said on Saturday.

Sacked Catalan leaders get pride of place in electoral lists

Jailed and exiled figures from Catalonia's separatist movement feature prominently in party lists unveiled by the region's pro-independence factions, ahead of elections called for December 21st.

Spanish police suing Catalan satirists for 'insults'

Spanish police are pursuing legal action against satirists for insulting the thousands of officers that were sent to Catalonia to prevent last month's banned independence referendum, the comedians have told AFP.

Spain court orders ex-IMF head Rato to be tried for fraud

A Spanish court on Friday ordered former IMF head Rodrigo Rato to stand trial for fraud over the failed 2011 listing of Bankia, a bank he led which later needed rescuing by the state.

Over 250 migrants rescued off Spain

Over 250 migrants making the dangerous crossing to Europe were rescued on Friday off Spain, with several other vessels still in need of rescue, authorities said.

Online exhibit shows hidden depths of Picasso's 'Guernica'

Spray-painted in murals, wielded on anti-war banners, and even once hung as a tapestry at the United Nations, Pablo Picasso's "Guernica" might be the world's most famous political artwork.

Barcelona unveils new anti-terror measures in response to August attack

Barcelona will pedestrianise and install obstacles on some of its busiest tourist streets in response to the August terror attack in the city where a van ploughed into pedestrians, killing 14.

'Biggest ever' haul of contraband tobacco seized by Spanish police

Spanish police say they seized 250 tonnes of contraband tobacco leaves worth 40 million euros , the biggest such haul in Europe.

Israeli group invests 50 million euros in Atletico Madrid

Atletico Madrid announced that it issued new shares on Thursday to allow an Israeli to invest 50 million euros in the club in exchange for a 15 per cent stake.

Catalonia crisis hits business in Barcelona's busy shopping district

Sales and bookings in shops and hotels in one of Barcelona's most popular neighbourhoods dipped by up to 30 percent last month amid the region's independence crisis, an industry representative said on Thursday.

Belgian judge weighs up Puigdemont extradition

A Belgian court will on Friday consider whether to send axed Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont back to Spain to face charges of rebellion and sedition over his region's independence drive.

Catalonia meddling claim has damaged Spanish relations with Russia, Kremlin warns

Spanish allegations that Russia meddled in Catalonia's independence crisis have hurt bilateral relations between the two countries, the Kremlin warned.

Catalan separatists prepare to take independence push to the polls

Catalonia's "republic" never materialised and separatist leaders now openly recognise they still have to convince more Catalans about the benefits of independence, hoping to do so by next month's regional elections.

La Liga to introduce video technology in 2018

La Liga will use the Video Assistant Referee system next season, the country's football federation confirmed on Wednesday.

Spain awarded 1.6 billion euros over one of Europe's worst oil spills

A court awarded the Spanish state 1.6 billion euros in damages on Wednesday over the 2002 Prestige oil spill, one of Europe's worst environmental disasters.

Russia slams Catalonia meddling claims as 'groundless'

Russia on Wednesday dismissed allegations from Spain that it had meddled in the Catalan independence crisis by spreading "disinformation".