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Spain’s PM, facing economic woes, won’t run for re-election

Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, plunging in popularity as he fights an economic crisis, announced on Saturday he will not stand as a candidate for his Socialist Party in 2012 elections.

Spain military takes over air traffic control

Spain's military took control of the nation's airspace on Friday night after air traffic controllers staged a massive sickout that stranded at least 330,000 travellers on the eve of a long holiday wee

Thieves rob art van, including Picasso, in Spain

THE SPANISH POLICE and media say hooded thieves have stolen a van containing some 20 pieces of art reportedly including works by Picasso, Colombian artist Fernando Botero and Spanish sculptor Eduardo Chillida.

Spanish PM makes surprise visit to Afghanistan

Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero made an unannounced visit to Afghanistan on Saturday and said Spanish troops were not there to stay.

Spain rejects ban on burqa, for now

Spain’s Parliament rejected a proposal to ban women from wearing in public places Islamic veils that reveal only the eyes.

Spain caught up in Torres trauma

The debate about whether Fernando Torres should be in Spain’s World Cup starting lineup in the semifinal against Germany continued apace on Monday.
The Liverpool striker has started all of Spain’s matches in South Africa — except in the debut defeat against Switzerland, when he came on after an hour — but has looked slow and sluggish, without fitness, rhythm or confidence.

Casillas’ girl under scrutiny

The journalist girlfriend of Spain’s goalkeeper was accused of breaching professional ethics on Wednesday after she reported on live television from behind the net ahead of the country’s World Cup los

Nobel-winning novelist Saramago dies at 87

Nobel literature prize winner Jose Saramago, who left his native Portugal after arguing with his country’s government, has died at the age of 87, his Spanish publisher said on Friday.

Upbeat Spain eye big one

European champions Spain are determined to play down their tag as favourites to win the title for the first time after a history of coming up short.
Vicente Del Bosque’s side, one of the contenders to win the tournament, are upbeat following their 6-0 win over Poland on Tuesday in their final warm-up match.

Barca make formal offer for Fabregas

Barcelona have made a formal offer to Arsenal to buy Spain midfielder Cesc Fabregas.
“Yesterday afternoon we presented a firm, written offer to Arsenal,” director general Joan Oliver told the club’s website ( on Wednesday.

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