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Firefighters are battling a huge wildfire raging near the wealthy resort of Marbella on Spain's Costa del Sol

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...r: “The fire is horrific, with flames 10 to 15 metres high.” The Costa del Sol is one of Spain’s most popular holiday destinations and home to a large expatriate community. Much of Spain’s countryside was left tinder-dry this summer by a prolonged heatwave. There have been major wildfires in northern Catalonia – near the Pyrenees – and on La Gomera, in the Canar...

Italian and Spanish 10-year bond yields have been rising ahead of a summit of eurozone finance ministers on Monday

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...urozone finance ministers on Monday. The yield on Spanish 10-year bonds, which are taken as a strong indicator of the interest rate the government would have to pay to borrow money, rose above 7%, while Italian bond yields rose to 6.1%. Yields above 7% are considered to be unsustainable in the long term. Details of the bailout of Spain’s banks are expected from eurozone ministers. Their meet...

Syriza, the anti-bailout bloc which surged to second place in May, held its final rally in Athens on Thursday

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...possible without the kind of drastic cuts demanded of Greece. “Spain negotiated and succeeded in taking financial support without a fiscal consolidation package, despite the lenders’ threats and blackmail,” Alexis Tsipras said. Interviewed by Spanish daily El Pais, Jens Weidmann called for the eurozone to impose broad conditions on Spain over its loan package, worth up to 100 bi...

Greece has been unable to form a government, and new elections seem set to give power to parties that reject the spending cuts that have been agreed with other eurozone governments and the International Monetary Fund

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...runs Ordinary Greeks may queue up to empty their bank accounts before they get frozen and converted into drachmas that lose half or more of their value. Depositors in other eurozone countries seen as being at risk of leaving the euro – Spain, Italy – may also move their money to the safety of a German bank account, sparking a banking crisis in southern Europe. Confidence in other bank...

Asian stock markets have risen after ECB unveiled a plan targeted at easing the region's debt crisis

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...region’s debt crisis. The ECB said it would buy bonds of the bloc’s debt-ridden nations in a bid to bring down their borrowing costs. The implied borrowing costs for Spain and Italy fell after the announcement. Japan’s Nikkei 225 index rose 2.2%, Korea’s Kospi gained 2.6% and Hong Kong’s Hang Seng added 2.4%. Asian stock markets have risen after ECB unveiled a plan...

French top legal authority Constitutional Council has rejected a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting

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...arm people’s protected constitutional rights”. More than 1,000 bulls are killed annually in French bullfights, the AFP news agency reports.   French top legal authority Constitutional Council has rejected a plea from animal rights campaigners to ban bullfighting   Although bullfighting originated in neighboring Spain, it took root in France a century and a half ago. Fights &...

King Juan Carlos of Spain has given a rare television interview on the eve of his 75th birthday

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...on cameras rather than leave the matter to a palace statement. King Juan Carlos is generally popular in Spain but the royal family has recently been beset by a series of embarrassing news stories. His son-in-law, Inaki Urdangarin, has been questioned about a corruption scandal that involves claims that he used public funds to organize sports events. He has been suspended from taking part in royal...

Manolo Escobar’s best-selling track Y Viva Espana became part of Spain's cultural identity in the 1970s

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...las and Father Manolo, in which he played a singing priest. But it was the success of Y Viva Espana, in 1973, that made Manolo Escobar an international star. The track was based on Eviva Espana, the 1971 song written by Belgian duo Leo Rozenstraten and Leo Caerts, and performed, in Dutch, by Samantha. Manolo Escobar’s best-selling single – released to coincide with Spain’s transi...

Cyprus’ central bank has announced that the nation's banks will stay closed until Thursday, March 21, as fears mount of a bank run

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...stay closed until Thursday, March 21, as fears mount of a bank run Earlier, Japan’s Nikkei 225 index fell 2.7%, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng and Australia’s ASX 200 dipped 2%.Many major banks in Italy, France and Spain, some of the eurozone’s most indebted countries, were down between 4% and 5%. In France, Credit Agricole and Societe Generale were the worst affected, losing...

Lady Gaga had just begun to strut down a set of stairs on to the main stage area when her sickness kicked in

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Lady Gaga surprised fans when she vomited four times live on stage during a concert last week in Barcelona, Spain. Lady Gaga, 26, had just begun to strut down a set of stairs on to the main stage area when her sickness kicked in. The pop performer, who was dressed in a typically revealing outfit, halted at the top of the steps and was seen leaning over the edge with her back to the audience. Afte...

Duchess of Alba held hands with Alfonso Diez as they strolled the streets of the French capital

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Spain’s Duchess of Alba and her younger husband Alfonso Diez were still very much enjoying married life six months after their wedding as they stepped out for a lunch date in Paris. Duchess of Alba, 85, held hands with Alfonso Diez, 61,as they strolled the streets of the French capital. Dressed head to toe in several different shades of blue – which included a hairpiece, shoes, dress...

Eurozone unemployment rate hit a new record high in October

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...n the short-term, Mario Draghi said. The unemployment rate continued its steady rise, reaching 11.7% in October, up from 11.6% the month before and 10.4% a year ago. A further 173,000 were out of work across the single currency area, bringing the total to 18.7 million. The respective fortunes of northern and southern Europe diverged further. In Spain, the jobless rate rose to 26.2% from 25.8% the...

People violently protesting against the exorbitant cost of Pope Benedict XVI visit to Madrid

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...is. The newspaper added that police had been alerted by people who found the man’s comments on internet forums in which he said attacks on the Pope were unacceptable.   At least a million people from across the world are in Madrid for a six-day Catholic Youth Festival and Pope Benedict XVI visit is planned to sart Thursday morning.[googlead tip="lista_medie" aliniat="dreapta"]   Sp...

“The Solitude of the Queen” by Pilar Eyre claims King Juan Carlos made a “tactile” advance to Diana while she and Charles were on holiday in Majorca in the 1980's

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...reveals that age has not stopped King Juan Carlos, 74, with the monarch regularly receiving vitamin injections and anti-ageing treatments. “The Solitude of the Queen”, which is likely to prove controversial in the Catholic country, claims the king made a “tactile” advance to Diana while she and Charles were on holiday in Majorca in the 1980′s. It follows much-derided allegations made in 200...

Iran decided to stop oil sales to UK and France

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...nounced on Wednesday that Iran had stopped oil exports to the Netherlands, Greece, France, Portugal, Spain and Italy in retaliation for the EU’s oil embargo, but this was later denied by the oil ministry. The EU oil embargo, agreed last month, was phased so member states that were relatively dependent on Iranian crude – notably Greece, Spain and Italy – had enough time to find al...

Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and the Spain's King Juan Carlos’ son in law, has arrived at court in Mallorca to face a corruption probe

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Inaki Urdangarin, the Duke of Palma and the Spain’s King Juan Carlos’ son in law, has arrived at court in Mallorca to face a corruption probe. Inaki Urdangarin is being investigated over claims he misused public funds given to a foundation he ran. The duke has denied any wrongdoing in the case, which has been a rare embarrassment for the popular Spanish royal family. “I come to clarif...

Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle Touch, its touchscreen version of iKindle e-reader, in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy

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Amazon has announced the launch of Kindle Touch, its touchscreen version of iKindle e-reader, in the UK, Germany, France, Spain and Italy. The Kindle Touch will be available for delivery from 27 April, five months after it went on sale in the US. Unlike in America, there will not be a discounted version with adverts. Kindle Touch aims to challenge touch-based e-readers from Kobo and Sony. Amazon...

Seven weeks before the Oscars, Hollywood began polishing its acceptance speeches Saturday night at the Palm Springs International Film Festival’s 23rd annual awards gala

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...the Desert Palm Achievement Actress Award, said her thoughts were on Marilyn Monroe, whom she plays in “My Week With Marilyn” and who, unlike Williams, struggled to be taken seriously as an actress. “My only wish is that Marilyn herself could have experienced in her lifetime what I am experiencing tonight,” Michelle Williams said. “When she did stretch beyond her pin...

H5N1 flu virus was altered to be passed easily between ferrets, during the joint research by Erasmus University in the Netherlands and the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US

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...potentially more deadly strain, have temporarily stopped their research amid fears of bioterrorism. In a letter published in Science and Nature, the scientists call for an “international forum” to debate the risks and value of the studies. US authorities last month asked the authors of the research to redact key details in forthcoming publications. A government advisory panel suggeste...

Agnes Marin's burned body was found in a forest close to the school

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...rl, Agnes Marin, from his boarding school, after he raped her. Mathieu M., 17, had spent four months in jail for raping another minor, in southern France. The teenager had been under judicial supervision. The school said it had not been fully aware of his past. Last Friday, the body of Agnes Marin was found in a forest close to the school. She had been raped and burned. Agnes’s mother, Paola...

Abdul Hamid, a Sudanese man was publicly beheaded last month in Saudi Arabia in a car parking for being a "sorcerer"

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A Sudanese man was publicly beheaded last month in Saudi Arabia for being a “sorcerer”, as is shown in a shocking video. Abdul Hamid Bin Hussain Bin Moustafa al-Fakki, who was crouched on his knees and blindfolded was executed in a car park Medina, in the west of the country, as dozens looked on. The shocking video shows the executioner lining his sword up on the back of Abdul Hamid&#...

Taliban who shot down a Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed.

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NATO helicopter crashed in Wardak, Eastern Afghanistan.   [googlead tip="patrat_mic" aliniat="dreapta"]The Taliban insurgents who shot down a 38 elite troops Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed.   U.S. General, John Allen said Wednesday that NATO international troops found out where militants were hiding and launched an air strike on the place. Allen, who is chief commander of a...

At least 54 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a packed mosque in Afghanistan as people celebrated a major Shi'ite festival in Kabul

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At least 54 people have been killed after a bomb exploded at a packed mosque in Afghanistan as people celebrated a major Shi’ite festival in Kabul. Bodies lie strewn on the ground after the powerful bomb killed the people at a shrine by the river in Kabul’s old city. People rush to the scene to help those injured in the blast, people who moments earlier had been praying and chanting w...

Helicopter in Aghanistan

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Taliban who shot down the Navy SEALs helicopter in Afghanistan were killed. [googlead tip="patrat_mare" aliniat="centrat"]   A helicopter for the International Security Assistance Force crashed in Afghanistan today, a press release from the Joint Command operational informs us: ISAF Joint Command – Afghanistan 2011-08-S-014 For Immediate Release KABUL, Afghanistan (Aug. 6, 2011) – An Inter...

George Enescu Festival 2011: Magic exists online

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...e biggest Europe’s  classical music event, George Enescu Festival 2011, started on September 1 in Bucharest, Romania, and some of its concerts are broadcasted live on the Internet.   The festival opening with Residentie Orkest / The Hague Philharmonic conducted by Christian Badea was available online on September 1, as well as the performances of the London Symphony Orchestra (conductor...