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‘Ruling Catalonia from abroad is absurd’: Spanish PM

Rajoy has repeatedly ruled out holding talks with Puigdemont. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Friday denounced as "absurd" the idea that ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont could govern from Belgium where he is in self-imposed exile to avoid arrest. "It is absurd to pretend to be the president of a region when you live
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Jobless Spaniards turn noses up at 12,000 strawberry-picking jobs

In 2015, Andalusia had the highest unemployment rate in the EU. SAMUEL ARANDA / AFP Out of 11,900 fruit picking jobs in the southern Spanish district of Huelva, only 840 candidates applied. This in a region of Spain with 850,000 out of work. The mass job offer, launched by Andalusia’s Employment Service (SAE), was made available to the public for a month to
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Spanish Word of the Year highlights hatred of poor people

Aporofobia can be roughly translated into English as peniaphobia, a fear of poverty and poor people. GERARD JULIEN / AFP The recently coined term aporofobia, translated as a fear and repudiation of poor people, has been chosen as the word of 2017 for “giving a name to a palpable reality”. Spain’s prestigious language foundation Fundéu BBVA has chosen
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Spanish dictator Franco’s only daughter dies

Franco used and moulded his daughter into the face of fascist Catholic youth in Spain. Archive/Semana Carmen Franco, the only child of Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco, has passed away at 91 after suffering from terminal cancer. Born in the northern Spanish city of Oviedo in 1926, María del Carmen Franco Polo lived a life of privilege even before her father
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Migrant arrivals to Spain by sea triple in 2017

So far this year 223 people have died or disappeared while trying to reach Spain. JORGE GUERRERO / AFP Almost 21,500 migrants arrived on Spain's shores in 2017, triple the amount of the previous year, fuelled by a surge in the numbers of Algerians and Moroccans. "At the end of the year, the tally is devastating," the Spanish Commission for Refugees
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Ronaldo and Real big winners at Dubai’s football ‘Oscars’

Ronaldo appeared by video link as he received the award from Italy’s Alessandro del Piero. MAHMOUD KHALED / AFP Real Madrid star Cristiano Ronaldo was Thursday named Globe Soccer’s Best Player for the second year in a row and the fourth time overall although he wasn’t present in person to receive his trophy. The Portuguese international also won the prize,
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Hunt is on for bingo thieves who robbed Spain’s rebel royal

Scandal-prone Felipe Juan Froilán, fourth in line to the Spanish throne, was allegedly robbed of 1400 euros while at a Madrid betting house with friends. Nineteen-year-old Don Felipe Juan Froilán de Todos los Santos de Marichalar y Borbón, known to Spanish society as just Froilán, is by most recent accounts a royal handful. According to Spanish daily El
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Young man with cerebral palsy to cycle across Sahara

“That feeling of crossing the finish line after swimming, cycling and running, it’s indescribable”. Photo: Alex Roca/Instagram Seventy six percent of his body may be paralyzed, but for 26-year-old Alex Roca “you set your own limits”. Here is one of those stories that really call into question the meaning of “disability”. Barcelona native Alex Roca lives