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Spain to watch over Airbnb to thwart future terrorist attacks

Authorities will keep more detailed records of people booking accommodation across Spain. PAU BARRENA / AFP Spanish authorities plan to keep a watchful eye on vehicle rental and accommodation portals such as Airbnb in the aftermath of the twin attack by jihadists in Catalonia last August. As part of the government’s Antiterrorism Pact, Spain’s Interior
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Spanish PM better armed against separatists despite poll fiasco

Rajoy has warned repeatedly that he will not hesitate to invoke article 155 powers again. OSCAR DEL POZO / AFP Despite taking fire for losing a snap election in Catalonia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy faces the new year better equipped to block a separatist drive in the wealthy region, analysts said. His detractors have called the results of the December 21
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Spain pulls police reinforcements from Catalonia

Spain on Tuesday began to pull the police reinforcements it had sent to Catalonia ahead of a contested independence referendum in the region on October 1, the government said. Officers from Spain's National Police and Guardia Civil forces sent to the northeastern region at the end of September "will be gradually withdrawn until Saturday", a spokesman for the
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Tabarnia – the ‘region’ that wants to leave Catalonia

A satirical petition proposing that Tabarnia, a non-existent part of independence-minded Catalonia, should break away from the region and remain part of Spain went viral on Tuesday. The Change.org petition, which has gathered over 21,000 signatures in just three days, was a trending topic on Twitter with over 150,000 users of the social media platform discussing it,
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Spain to raise minimum wage to 736 euros a month

Spain's government has agreed a four percent salary rise for the country’s lowest earners in 2018 and a further increase up to 850 euros a month by 2020, if and only if specific economic growth and employment targets are met. Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy reached an agreement with trade unions and company representatives on Tuesday which will see the
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Parents allowed to spy on their kids’ WhatsApp: Spain court rules

A divorced father of two sued by his ex-wife for reading their nine-year-old daughter’s WhatsApp chats has been cleared by a Spanish court, setting a precedent for what constitutes parental monitoring in the realms of underage online privacy. The child’s mother presented the case to the Provincial Court of the Northern Spanish city of Pontevedra, claiming that the
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Trump and NATO push Spain to spend big on military

The Spanish government has agreed to increase its military spending by more than 80 percent by 2024, a hefty investment that still falls short of NATO’s budgetary requirements. Last May, President Donald Trump publicly criticized his NATO allies for not contributing enough to the international military alliance’s coffers. "Member nations are still not paying
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Nursing home workers win big in Spain’s Christmas lottery

Lottery vendors and winners celebrate at a lottery outlet in Malaga on December 22nd 2017. Photo: AFP. Spain's annual Christmas lottery on Friday showered over 10 million euros on employees of a nursing home in a struggling town where one in five people is out of work. Celebrating employees of the "Sagrado Corazon" nursing home in the central town of
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Real president Perez insists 2017 was a ‘great year’

Real Madrid president, Florentino Perez looks on after a press conference following his re-election for the club's presidency at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium in Madrid, on June 19th 2017. Photo: AFP Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said on Sunday that the club's fans have to be proud of their team's achievements in 2017, despite the 3-0 El