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Spain’s public holidays in 2018: Official list

Spain will have a total of 10 public holidays celebrated across Spain in 2018 plus additional dates in each region. So get organized and start planning some weekends away. Disheartened at the thought of going back at work after the Christmas holidays? The good news is that you can start
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Recipe: How to make fabada – traditional Asturian bean stew

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day… and don't forget the crusty bread and cider! Fabada is a traditional and hearty white bean stew from the northern Spanish region of Asturias. Particularly popular during the colder months, it is traditionally eaten with crusty bread and a glass of Asturian cider. Luis Valerio from
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Too fat to fight: Spanish Legion soldiers put on diet

The Legion's brigade marching with their mascot during the national military parade on October 12th. Photo: AFP The fierce reputation of Spanish Legion soldiers is being put to the test: too fat, some of them have been offered a weight-loss plan to save the "prestige" of the force. All legionnaires of this rapid reaction force — more than 3,000 soldiers —
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Spain’s public holidays in 2018: Official list

Spain will have a total of 10 public holidays celebrated across Spain in 2018 plus additional dates in each region. So get organized and start planning some weekends away. Disheartened at the thought of going back at work after the Christmas holidays? The good news is that you can start planning your puentes – the Spanish custom of taking the day off to bridge the
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Recipe: How to make fabada – traditional Asturian bean stew

The hearty Asturian dish is a perfect lunch on a cold day… and don't forget the crusty bread and cider! Fabada is a traditional and hearty white bean stew from the northern Spanish region of Asturias. Particularly popular during the colder months, it is traditionally eaten with crusty bread and a glass of Asturian cider. Luis Valerio from
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IN PICS: Key moments in the life of King Juan Carlos

Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who turns 80 on January 5th, has taken a secondary role since his son Felipe 300ascended the throne in 2014, putting an end to his nearly four decades-long reign. To mark this momentous birthday, here's a look at five key moments in the life of King Juan Carlos. 1948: Moves to Spain Born in Rome on January 5, 1938,
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Algeria opens probe into migrant death at Spanish detention centre

People gather for a demonstration in November outside Archidona jail which is currently used as a detention centre for migrants. Photo: AFP Algerian prosecutors have opened a probe into the death of a migrant from the North African country in a Spanish jail, after police said he hanged himself. Mohamed Boudarbala, 36, was found dead Friday in his cell in a new
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Jailed Catalan ex-vice president in court to seek release

Graffiti calling for Junqueras' release daubed on the pavement in Barcelona during elections last month. Photo: AFP Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday considered an appeal by former Catalan vice president Oriol Junqueras against his jailing while he is investigated for rebellion and sedition over the region's independence drive. Junqueras, in
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King Juan Carlos to stage comeback for birthday celebrations

King Juan Carlos at a bullfight in Seville in 2016. Photo: AFP Spain's former king Juan Carlos I, who turns 80 on Friday, makes a public comeback with his son Felipe VI at the weekend after complaining bitterly of being left on the sidelines. The show of unity comes at a trying time for Spain after its wealthy Catalan region attempted to break away, and
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Ten ‘English’ words adopted and adapted into Spanish

Friki is just one of the English sounding words to become slang in Spanish. Photo: Antonio David Fernández / Flickr The Spanish language is now peppered with words that sound English and often denote a modern sort of concept for which there isn't a Spanish word. These slang terms have been adapted and adopted to mean something entirely different, so to a