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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em: RENFE to hook up with uber and offer combined car-share and train tickets:

January 18th, 2017

NATIONAL rail board RENFE is considering linking up with car-pooling network Über to increase passenger numbers and 'become more modern'. Initially suffering backlash across Europe, particularly from taxi drivers, ...

Diesel cars cause more than twice the air pollution of buses and lorries:

January 18th, 2017

DIESEL-POWERED cars create more air pollution than buses and lorries running on the same fuel, according to a report by the independent International ...

Madrid to Tangiers in an hour on Hyperloop inter-continental bullet-train:

January 18th, 2017

AN AMBITIOUS and futuristic rail project which has reached the semi-final of a global competition could involve being able to travel by train from Madrid ...

Five ex-managers of Novacaixagalicia Bank jailed for giving themselves millions in early retirement pay-offs:

January 17th, 2017

FIVE former managers of the north-western bank Novacaixagalicia have been sent to prison for two years for giving themselves multi-million ...

Arsenal's Alexis Sanchez admits to €984,000 tax evasion whilst playing for Barca FC:

January 17th, 2017

FORMER player for FC Barcelona Alexis Sánchez has admitted to having 'defrauded' nearly €984,000 from the Spanish tax ...

U2 Barcelona concert tickets sold out in eight hours:

January 17th, 2017

TICKETS sold out for Irish rock band U2's Barcelona concert in just eight hours, promoter Live Nation revealed last night ...

Barcelona taxi 'slow' protest causes 17-kilometre gridlock:

January 17th, 2017

A TAILBACK of over 17 kilometres built up from Barcelona airport to the city centre and beyond when over 5,000 taxi drivers staged a ...

Spain's economic growth exceeded forecasts for 2016 thanks to 'more international' business focus:

January 17th, 2017

THE national economy grew by 3.3% in 2016, according to government data released during the Spain Investors Day forum (pictured left with King Felipe VI ...

Irish president Enda Kelly gives Rajoy a named football shirt for the 'Galicia national team':

January 16th, 2017

IRISH prime minister Enda Kenny met with his Spanish counterpart Mariano Rajoy on Thursday and gave him a 'personalised' football shirt.

Maximum temperatures nationwide of 5ºC and snow at sea-level on Mediterranean coast from Tuesday:

January 16th, 2017

WINTER will truly set in this week starting from tomorrow (Tuesday), and Wednesday will be the coldest day of the season so far - so ...

'Blue Monday', the most miserable day of the year and how to cope with it Spanish-style:

January 16th, 2017

TODAY is officially the gloomiest day of the year - known as 'blue Monday', according to a mathematical ...

Bottled gas goes up in price from Tuesday this week:

January 16th, 2017

BOTTLED butane gas is set to go up another 5% from tomorrow (Tuesday) - just as temperatures are about to plummet to unprecedented ...

Andalucia marches against funding cuts and mergers in region's health service:

January 16th, 2017

TENS of thousands of residents marched across Andalucía cities in protest over their regional government's funding cuts in healthcare yesterday (Sunday).

Spanish aid worker kidnapped in Afghanistan released:

January 16th, 2017

A RED Cross worker from Spain who was abducted on December 19 in Afghanistan has been released and is 'safe and sound', according to ...

Margaret Thatcher, David Ferrer, Lope de Vega? No: Main Street, Church Street and Royal Street are Spain's most common:

January 15th, 2017

THE MOST common street names in Spain are Calle Mayor, Calle de la Iglesia and Calle Real ('Main Street', 'Church Street' and 'Royal ...

Debt 'cushion' funds of €4.6bn for Spain's 17 regional governments:

January 15th, 2017

SPAIN'S 17 regional governments will receive a total of nearly €4.6 billion towards covering their debts from 2015 and increasing their deficit ...

Bodies of six migrants from Africa found on Cadiz province coast:

January 15th, 2017

SIX bodies of African migrants have been found off the coast of the province of Cádiz after their raft sank in the high seas as they attempted to reach Europe through the 'back door'. One of the deceased is from ...

'Jihad' recruit with Dutch passport arrested in Girona province:

January 15th, 2017

A DUTCH Jihad recruit linked to the terror organisation DAESH has been arrested on the Costa Brava. The Moroccan, who has a passport from The Netherlands, was caught in Figueres (Girona province) thanks to ...

Record year for Spanish airports: 230 million passengers in 2016:

January 14th, 2017

AIRPORTS in Spain had a record year in 2016 with 230 million passengers travelling to and from, and within, the country.

British uni friends meet in Malaga when rail fare from Newcastle to Birmingham proves too expensive - and save money:

January 14th, 2017

TWO friends from the UK who decided to catch up over Christmas met in Málaga, because it was cheaper than catching the train to each other's home cities. Lucy Walker, from Newcastle and Zara Quli, from Birmingham ...

Mortgage 'floor clause' refunds subject to income tax and must be declared:

January 14th, 2017

HOMEOWNERS who are refunded money after challenging so-called 'floor clauses' in their mortgage contracts must declare the amount received to the ...

Murcia police investigate suicide of bullied schoolgirl, 13:

January 14th, 2017

NATIONAL Police in the Region of Murcia believe they have 'clear indications' that a 13-year-old girl who committed suicide had been bullied at ...

Facebook crash at 18.00 mainland Spain time 'solved within the hour', users report:

January 14th, 2017

FACEBOOK users in Spain became concerned when, at around 18.00 mainland time yesterday (Friday), their sites went down - but it turned out the server ...

Cold wave to hit Spain this weekend with freezing temperatures forecast from Tuesday:

January 14th, 2017

A FREEZING weekend is on the cards all over the country thanks to a cold front coming across from the Portuguese islands of the Azores, which will hit the ...

U2 concert tickets will show spectators' names and ID will be required at venue entry:

January 13th, 2017

TICKETS for this summer's U2 concert in Barcelona will bear spectators' names to avoid resale scams in which unauthorised dealers ...

Frenadol advert with 'flu sufferer driving sparks controversy:

January 13th, 2017

A LEADING consumer group has ordered Johnson & Johnson to withdraw a TV advert for Frenadol - Spain's answer to Lemsip and a ...

Infant school pupil numbers plummet due to declining birth-rate:

January 13th, 2017

NEARLY 51,500 fewer children are in schools in Spain this academic year as a result of the ever-decreasing birth-rate, says the ministry of education.

December 2016 was third-warmest this century and 12th-warmest since 1965:

January 13th, 2017

LAST month was the third-warmest December of the 21st century and 58% drier than average, despite the torrential rain and flash floods across the country over the ...

Ex-defence minister and ambassador in London resigns over damning Yak-42 air-crash report:

January 13th, 2017

SPANISH ambassador in London and former PP defence minister Fernando Trillo has been replaced following a damning report claiming his ...

Primavera Sound festival sold out, except one-day passes:

January 12th, 2017

THIS spring's massive music festival Primavera Sound has already sold out of its two- to five-day passes, five months before it kicks off.

Spain welcomes 81 Eritrean refugees from camp in Italy:

January 12th, 2017

ANOTHER group of refugees has arrived in Spain, bringing the total so far taken in up to 979. This is ...

Chaos in A&E across the country as 'flu epidemic spirals out of control:

January 11th, 2017

ACCIDENT and Emergency units are full to bursting as this winter's 'flu epidemic continues to spread at an alarming rate, with an average of 138 ...

Physics experts debunk Spain GMT myths and warn time-zone change would be 'disastrous':

January 11th, 2017

SCIENTISTS have warned that putting Spain back onto GMT as it was before World War II would be 'disastrous' and do little or nothing to improve the ...

Petrol station racket's tax fraud 'would have funded 10 new schools':

January 11th, 2017

A WIDE-SCALE tax fraud involving petrol stations in Spain uncovered through six major police operations saw enough money go astray to build 10 schools, ...

Consumer confidence at 53.7% after three-month consecutive rise in index:

January 11th, 2017

CONSUMER confidence has been rising consistently over the months leading up to Christmas and the New Year, with shoppers feeling more relaxed about ...

Nadia's 'appeal fraud' parents may face child porn charges:

January 11th, 2017

THE parents of an 11-year-old girl with a degenerative disease who are under investigation for alleged fraud in an appeal fund may also face charges of ...

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