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Spain will include money from drug trade and sex work in calculating GDP

Spain to count drugs, prostitution when measuring GDP (via AFP) Spain will include revenues from prostitution, drug trafficking, tobacco smuggling and other illegal activities when calculating its economic output, its statistics office Thursday. The measure, which comes into force in September, complies with new…  …

Crowds swamp church in Spain after historians claim it holds the ‘Holy Grail’

Curators were forced to remove a precious cup from display in a church in Spain when crowds swarmed there after historians claimed it was the Holy Grail, staff said. Visitors flocked to the San Isidro basilica in the northwestern city of Leon after two historians published a book saying the…

Spain giving away 15th century village for free

For sale: hamlet in Spain. Needs work. Price: zero euros. Like thousands of abandoned villages in Spain, A Barca -- with its 12 crumbling stone homes covered in moss and ivy -- is seeking a new owner to bring it back to life. Local officials in Spain……

Spain will continue seeking damages over Prestige oil disaster

Spain will appeal for damages over the Prestige tanker disaster which choked its northwest coast in oil, the government said Monday, after a court acquitted all defendants of causing the spill. The court on Thursday acquitted the ship’s crew and a top Spanish maritime official and awarded no compensation for…

Spanish miners go on strike after gas leak kills six

Spanish miners launched a 48-hour work stoppage Tuesday as they recalled the horror of a methane gas leak that swiftly killed six coal workers in the troubled industry’s deadliest accident in 18 years. The gas suffocated the six workers in a mine in northwestern Spain on Monday, officials said, spreading…

Report: NSA tracked 60 million phone calls in Spain in single month

U.S. security services tracked 60 million telephone calls in Spain in a single month, according to leaked document published Monday in a leading Spanish newspaper. The National Security Agency tracked the origin and destination of calls and their duration, U.S. blogger Glenn Greenwald said in a story in El Mundo,…

Unemployment drops as Spain’s economy begins to beat recession

Spain turns corner, as its recession officially ends (via The Christian Science Monitor) A woman walks under an umbrella in front Santander Bank in Pamplona, Spain, on Wednesday. Spain’s National Statistics Institute says the country’s jobless rate edged down from 26.3 percent to 26.0 percent during the third quarter, a…

Spain’s jobless now relying on pensioners to survive

After a career spent repairing trains, Francisco Marcos Gallego once thought he and his wife would end their days in comfort. Instead they are struggling to support their unemployed son and his children. “Even if it is hard, as long as I am alive, I will pay my son’s mortgage…

Experts troubled by growing sympathy for Franco-fascism in Spain

Franco-fascism on the march in Spain: Is the government doing enough? (via The Christian Science Monitor) Extreme, neo-fascist groups in Spain are preparing for a show of force during this weekend’s nationalist holiday, and Spanish authorities are keeping a close eye on the situation. But experts worry that the real…

British warships arrive in Gibraltar amid tension with Spain

By Silvio Castellanos GIBRALTAR (Reuters) – British warships arrived in Gibraltar on Monday for scheduled exercises amid tensions with Spain over fishing around the British Mediterranean enclave. Although British, Spanish and Gibraltarian authorities have said the navy’s arrival at the British overseas territory is long-scheduled, some in Spain see it…

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