Esther Dingley: remains found in Pyrenees are missing Briton’s

DNA testing has confirmed remains belong to missing hiker, says charity LBT Global Tributes have been paid to the British hiker Esther Dingley after human remains in the Pyrenees were confirmed as being hers. Dingley, 37, had been walking solo in the mountains near the border between Spain and France and was last seen on […]

Submarine robot captures underwater footage of ancient Roman ship laden with wine jars – video

An ancient Roman ship carrying a cargo load of wine jars, or amphorae, has been found underwater in the Mediterranean Sea off the Italian island of Sicily. The vessel was discovered during an underwater reconnaissance expedition by the island’s Regional Agency for Environment Protection. The findings will shed light on Rome’s trade activity in the Mediterranean, […]

Leftwing rural teacher Pedro Castillo sworn in as president of Peru

Castillo vows to govern ‘for the people and with the people’ but will face deeply divided Congress A rural school teacher who has never held public office has been sworn in as Peru’s new president pledging to govern “with the people and for the people” in a ceremony steeped in historic symbolism on Peru’s bicentenary […]

Exhibition tells story of Spanish children used as vaccine ‘fridges’ in 1803

Francisco Javier de Balmis used children to keep smallpox vaccine fresh on journey to Spain’s colonies When Francisco Javier de Balmis set off from Spain in 1803 to vaccinate the people in Spain’s colonies against smallpox he had no means of keeping the vaccine fresh, so he used children as his “refrigerators”. An exhibition of […]

France’s last inhabited lighthouse gets Unesco status – in pictures

The Cordouan beacon is the last to be inhabited in France and only the second, after the Tower of Hercules at La Coruña in Spain, to be added to Unesco’s World Heritage list. Cordouan was built at the end of the 16th century and overlooks the Atlantic Ocean from the mouth of the Gironde estuary […]

14-year-old motorbike rider Hugo Millán killed in European Talent Cup race

Spanish teenager was struck by another rider during race Marc Márquez among those to pay tribute after death A 14-year-old Spanish rider died after being struck by another rider in a motorcycle race in Spain on Sunday, organizers said. Hugo Millán was run over after going down in the middle of the track on the […]

‘They had a date to kill the cow. So I stole her’: how vegan activists are saving Spain’s farm animals

Spain may be famous for its love of meat – but sanctuaries across the country are coming to the rescue of its doomed cows, bulls, pigs, sheep and geese In the north-east Spanish region of Catalonia, an enormous bull called Pedro is poking his head over a barn door to look at some sheep. He’ll […]

Briton arrested over high-profile Twitter account hacks

22-year-old faces multiple charges in connection with attacks on accounts of politicians and celebrities A 22-year-old British citizen has been arrested in Spain in connection with a July 2020 Twitter hack that compromised the accounts of high-profile politicians and celebrities, the US Justice Department said on Wednesday. It named the British man as Joseph James […]

Infectious nightclubs: Covid outbreaks serve as risk alert

Nightclubs across the world have been linked to outbreaks, leading some countries to open up to vaccinated clubbers only Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage They only wanted to enjoy themselves on the sunny Sardinian coast last summer after a tough two-month lockdown. But instead, young Italians who had frequented nightclubs returned […]

Tallest apartment building in EU finally completed in Benidorm

After 17 years of setbacks, it is hoped Intempo skyscraper will help transform resort into Miami of the Mediterranean To some it is a grotesque eyesore, to others, a key step on the road to transforming Benidorm into the Miami of the Mediterranean. In any case, after 17 years of setbacks, the gargantuan Intempo skyscraper […]

Tell us: have you been affected by the Balearics being removed from England’s ‘green’ list of countries?

We’d like to hear how the British government’s decision to re-classify the Balearic islands as ‘amber’ destinations is affecting people’s travel and work plans Spain’s Balearic islands have been removed from England’s green list of restriction-free travel destinations abroad, a decision that will come into effect at 4am BST on Monday 19 July. The re-classification […]

Pro-onion faction triumphs in Spain’s great omelette debate

Nation settles one of its most vexed questions as survey finds large majority of Spaniards prefer tortilla de patatas with onion In a rare moment of national unity unseen since a certain British chef recklessly floated the idea of adding chorizo to paella, Spain has come together at last to settle one of its most […]

At least 140 Cubans reportedly detained or disappeared after historic protests

Activists, protesters and journalists, including a reporter for one of Spain’s leading newspapers, reportedly in custody Scores of Cuban activists, protesters and journalists, including a reporter for one of Spain’s leading newspapers, have reportedly been detained as Communist party security forces seek to smother Sunday’s historic flare-up of dissent. Erika Guevara-Rosas, Amnesty International’s Americas director, […]

The big picture: Harry Gruyaert’s ​sun-dappled Spanish picnic

The photographer delights in colour contrasts as he makes a psychedelic pattern of al fresco eating If you were telling the history of photography through the Magnum agency you might compare Henri Cartier-Bresson’s famous pictures of families picnicking on the banks of the River Marne, taken in 1938, with this image by Harry Gruyaert, of […]

Nils Politt pushes hard to take first Grand Tour stage win in Nîmes

German successfully attacks final breakaway on stage 12 Mark Cavendish takes things easy on largely uneventful day A weary peloton took things easy after Wednesday’s double ascent of Mont Ventoux, with an opportunistic breakaway led home by Nils Politt, who, after a string of top-five finishes in the Paris-Roubaix and the Tour of Flanders, took […]

Shapps ends quarantine rule for fully vaccinated amber-list travellers

New regime from 19 July could open up many tourist hotspots to English holidaymakers Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Holidaymakers from England travelling to amber list countries will not have to quarantine on return if they are fully vaccinated, but Britons living overseas will not be able to prove their vaccine […]

Spain’s Euro 2020 pain softened by Pedri’s emergence as Iniesta’s heir

A year ago the 18-year-old was playing the second division – now he is ‘the present and future of the national team’ There was a moment 101 minutes into the wet, wild Wembley night in which Spain lost a place in the final but found a future when Pedri dribbled around the referee. Why? Because […]

Spain urged to act over ‘shameful’ toll of migrants dying en route to country

‘Catastrophic’ year at Spanish borders with 2,087 dead or missing on sea crossings in six months to June Spain is facing an unprecedented and “catastrophic” year on its borders, says a leading NGO which estimates that more than 2,000 people died or disappeared trying to reach the country in the first six months of 2021 […]

Madrid court rules far-right anti-migrant poster is legitimate

Political rivals and human rights campaigners criticise use of inflammatory campaign material by Vox party Human rights groups and politicians in Spain have spoken out after a court ruled that a controversial and false election poster for the far-right Vox party should not be withdrawn because it is legitimate political expression, and because the unaccompanied […]

Three arrested after gay man beaten to death in Galicia

Protests mounted across Spain after 24-year-old nursing assistant Samuel Luiz died following attack outside nightclub Spanish police have arrested three people in connection with the killing of a young gay man whose death in a possible homophobic attack over the weekend shocked the country and sparked nationwide protests. Samuel Luiz, a 24-year-old nursing assistant, was […]

Reign for Spain? What statistics tell us about Euro 2020’s semi-finalists

We examine key metrics in the hunt for clues before first Italy and Spain, then England and Denmark, do battle at Wembley A glance at some of the key numbers for the Euro 2020 semi-finalists suggests Spain are the most accomplished team in the tournament, and by some distance: of the sides still standing Luis […]

Manchester City sign Spain midfielder Vicky Losada from Barcelona

Champions League winner had Arsenal spell starting in 2015 Women’s Super League ‘brings out the best in me’, says Losada The Champions League winner Vicky Losada has joined Manchester City on a two-year deal. The 30-year-old midfielder was captain of Barcelona when the club won their first European title in May, beating Chelsea 4-0 in […]

‘We suffered – what did you expect?’ Spain take long road to epic Italy clash | Sid Lowe

Spain’s quarter-final shootout win in Euro 2008 announced a new era – 13 years on another win on penalties provides a chance to build towards success again ‘‘The ball was a long way away and en route to picking it up and taking the penalty lots of thoughts go through your mind,” Mikel Oyarzabal said. […]

Belgium 1-2 Italy: Euro 2020 quarter-final – as it happened

A couple of beauties from Nicolo Barella and Lorenzo Insigne saw off Belgium’s golden generation 10.13pm BST Jonathan Wilson was in Munich to witness this fine match in person. His report has just landed … and here it is. Get clicking, people. Congratulations to Italy, commiserations to Belgium, and thanks to you all for reading […]

Spain records surge in Covid cases among unvaccinated young people

Regions speed up plans to vaccinate under-30s as more than 1,000 cases traced to Mallorca school trip Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Authorities and health experts in Spain have called for prudence and responsibility amid a surge in cases among young people who are still waiting to be vaccinated after more […]

Spain’s Álvaro Morata finds something extra to beat Croatia in thriller

This was a scoreline from another age and a match for the ages, a wild, thunderous and implausible afternoon that went from the ridiculous to the sublime and back again. It left the people up here as exhausted as the players were down there, struggling to remember everything that had happened but certain that they […]

Robin Olsen: from Roma reject to a giant for Sweden at Euros | Marcus Christenson

The goalkeeper was described as a ‘monster’ by the Spanish press and is having another fine major tournament Yes, it is that Robin Olsen. The goalkeeper who has failed to establish himself at Roma and been loaned out twice, the one who made only seven league appearances in eight months for Everton in 2020-21 and […]

‘It’s a serious crime’: Luis Enrique urges police to act over Álvaro Morata abuse

Spain coach wants issue ‘dealt with in strongest possible way’ Striker has received online abuse and his family also targeted The Spain coach, Luis Enrique, has encouraged the police to take action against fans who have abused the striker Álvaro Morata and his family. Morata, who had already been subjected to disparaging chants in Spain’s […]

Call for Spain to regularise immigration status of man who twice saved strangers

More than 1,800 people sign petition to help Mouhammad Diouf, from Senegal, who jumped into Bilbao river to stop drownings More than 1,800 people have backed a call for Spanish officials to regularise the immigration status of an undocumented Senegalese man after his second rescue of a stranger from drowning in the main river in […]

Spain imposes one-year ban on shooting of at-risk turtle dove

Population of threatened bird in western Europe could increase by 5% if hunting stopped Nearly 1 million migrating turtle doves will be spared after Spanish authorities agreed a one-year ban on the shooting of the bird. The turtle dove is a globally threatened species and is Britain’s most endangered breeding bird, with populations having halved […]