• Spain Aug 25, 2019

    7 Dead After Helicopter and Plane Collide on Spanish Island of Mallorca

    A mid-air collision between a sightseeing helicopter and a small plane on the Spanish island of Mallorca killed seven people Sunday, authorities said. The victims included three adults and two children on the helicopter and two local men on the light plane, the regional government of Spain’s Balearic islands, which include Mallorca, said in a tweet. Local media reported the...

  • Russia Jan 3, 2019

    Death Toll in Russia Apartment Collapse Rises to 33

    Search crews in Russia pulled more bodies Wednesday from a huge pile of rubble where part of an apartment building collapsed, bringing the known death toll to 33 and the number of missing residents down to eight as the grim recovery work continued for a third night. A 3-year-old girl was among the latest victims of the collapse in the...

  • vice president Dec 11, 2018

    Spanish Government Warns of Security Takeover in Catalonia

    Spain’s central government is threatening to deploy national police to ensure security in Catalonia if regional authorities fail to stop the recent disruptions by pro-independence protesters on major highways. The warnings, in writing on Monday and also in public remarks on Tuesday by officials in the center-left Cabinet of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, follow the blocking of a highway...

  • electricity Sep 7, 2018

    Japan Quake Toll Up to 18 as Rescuers Dig Through Landslides

    The toll from an earthquake that rocked Japan’s northernmost main island of Hokkaido rose to 18 on Friday, and in one small town two dozen people remained unaccounted for after an entire mountainside collapsed on their homes. The region was slowly restoring transport links and power, with lights back in about half of the homes on the island after a...

  • head Mar 25, 2018

    Germany Arrests Fugitive Ex-Catalan Leader Who Fled Spain

    Carles Puigdemont, the fugitive ex-leader of Catalonia and ardent separatist, was arrested Sunday by German police on an international warrant as he tried to enter the country from Denmark. Puigdemont was on his way back to Belgium where he has been staying since fleeing Spain following a failed bid by his regional government in October to declare independence from Spain,...

  • Twitter Oct 31, 2017

    Spain Seeks Rebellion Charges Against Fired Catalan Leaders

    Spain moved Monday to put Catalonia’s secessionist leaders on trial for alleged crimes that carry maximum sentences of decades in prison, and some of the ousted government figures went to the Belgian capital, where an official said they might be able to request asylum. As Catalonia spent its first working day under the direct rule of Madrid, following its regional...

  • Senate Oct 29, 2017

    Huge Rally in Barcelona Rejects Catalan Secession Bid

    Hundreds of thousands of Catalans took to the streets of Barcelona on Sunday to voice their opposition to the region’s declaration of independence amid vast political uncertainty for the region in northeast Spain. Catalonia’s political leadership was fired Saturday by central authorities in Madrid who are trying to tame the worst political crisis Spain has seen in decades. So far,...

  • head Sep 29, 2017

    Hemorrhage of Catalonia? What's Behind Its Upcoming Independence Referendum

    Barcelona, Spain’s vibrant Mediterranean capital, is in the midst of a campaign that could end with the city in a country of its own, NBC News reported. The Catalonia region is planning a referendum on independence from Spain Sunday despite a fierce crackdown from the conservative government, which has deemed the vote illegal. It’s one of Spain’s biggest challenges since...

  • Barcelona Jul 31, 2017

    20,000 Fans Flee Huge Fire at Music Festival in Barcelona

    A huge fire at a music festival in Spain forced the evacuation of over 20,000 concertgoers and incinerated the event’s stage in Barcelona, the regional government said Sunday. The fire Saturday night consumed the large outdoor stage at the “Tomorrowland” electronic music festival held at Barcelona’s Parc de Can Zam. Twelve firefighting units needed around an hour to extinguish the...

  • head Jul 14, 2017

    13 Injured, Including 2 Americans, in Final Running of the Bulls of 2017

    The final bull run of the 2017 San Fermin festival 2017 in Pamplona left 13 people injured Friday —the highest number this year— but no gorings despite being the fastest dash of all eight held in the northern Spanish city. Medical officials said a 30 year-old visitor from the United States was the most seriously injured in Friday’s eights and...

  • Africa Mar 30, 2017

    Odd-Looking Ronaldo Bust Steals the Show at Airport Ceremony

    Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him, but it was his odd-looking statue that attracted attention in Wednesday’s ceremony honoring the Portugal star in his hometown....
    The player’s bronze bust, which was unveiled to much fanfare by Portugal’s president and prime minister on the island of Madeira, hardly does the handsome footballer justice....
    It squashes his eyes close together, and the...

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