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Arrests Made in Wine Heist Planned in 'Millimetric Detail'
Couple Sentenced
in $1.7M Wine Heist

Couple Sentenced in $1.7M Wine Heist

They made off with 45 bottles from luxury hotel in Spain

(Newser) - A former Mexican beauty queen and her Romanian-Dutch partner have been sentenced to four years in prison for stealing wine worth $1.7 million from a luxury hotel in Spain—but the fate of the wine is still a mystery. Prosecutors said Priscila Guevara and Constantín Dumitru made off...

Spain to US: Clean Up Your Old Nuke Mess

Madrid is addressing 1968 nuclear incident

(Newser) - Spain said Monday it has asked the United States to begin procedures to remove soil contaminated with radioactivity after a mid-air collision dumped four US hydrogen bombs near a southern Spanish village—nearly 60 years ago. None of the bombs exploded, but the plutonium-filled detonators on two went off, spreading...

Spain Ordered New Trains, Forgot to Measure
Spain Ordered New Trains,
Forgot One Important Thing

Spain Ordered New Trains, Forgot One Important Thing

They're too wide to fit in the nation's old tunnels

(Newser) - Two top transportation officials in Spain are out of a job over a hard-to-fathom gaffe: They ordered the construction of new trains too wide to fit in the nation's old railway tunnels. Isaias Taboas, head of rail operator Renfe, and Isabel Pardo de Vera, secretary of state for transport,...

Now Legal in Spain: Paid Menstrual Leave

Country also passes laws expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers

(Newser) - The Spanish parliament on Thursday approved legislation expanding abortion and transgender rights for teenagers, while making Spain the first country in Europe that will entitle workers to paid menstrual leave. The driving force behind the two laws was Equality Minister Irene Montero. The changes to sexual and reproductive rights mean...

Spanish Court Says Man Can Walk Naked in Street

Court says there's a 'legal vacuum' around public nudity

(Newser) - In Spain, it's not just the climate that's favorable to nudists. The top court in the Valencia region has ruled in favor of Alejandro Colomar, a 29-year-old man who was fined for walking naked through the streets of Aldaia, a town on the outskirts of Valencia city, reports...

Sexton Killed, Priest Injured in Church Machete Attack

Spanish authorities are investigating possible terror link

(Newser) - A machete-wielding man killed a sexton and injured a priest in attacks at two churches in the city of Algeciras on Wednesday before being arrested, Spain’s interior ministry said, in what authorities are investigating as a possible act of terrorism. The suspect was arrested in the southern city and...

Small-Town Mayor Impressed by Illegal Rave

'They had absolutely everything,' says Fernando Álvarez of La Peza, Spain

(Newser) - The Spanish town of La Peza is usually home to about 1,200 people, so you can imagine locals' reaction when they woke up Friday to find thousands of strangers engaged in an exuberant dance party. Suddenly, "we were 5,200 people. By Saturday we were 6,000,"...

Porn Fugitive on FBI Most Wanted List Is Caught

Michael Pratt, accused of sex trafficking, was arrested in Spain

(Newser) - The founder of a California-based porn empire that coerced young women into filming adult videos has been arrested in Spain, three years after he fled while facing federal sex-trafficking charges, the FBI announced. Michael James Pratt was on the FBI's Ten Most Wanted list, per the AP . Spanish National...

College Student Who'd Gone Missing Reunites With Mom

Ken DeLand Jr., who turned up in Spain, will be flying back to US on Saturday, official says

(Newser) - A US college student studying abroad in France was reported missing last month, then found alive in Spain on Friday. Now, Ken DeLand Jr. has been reunited with his mom and will soon be headed home. DeLand "is currently in Lyon with his mother, and they should be taking...

As Crowd's Noise Became Deafening, Morocco Upset Spain

3-0 victory on penalties sets up match with Portugal or Switzerland

(Newser) - Morocco on Tuesday became the first Arab nation and only the fourth African nation to advance to the World Cup quarterfinals, beating Spain 3-0 in a penalty shootout. Achraf Hakimi, who was born in Madrid and previously played for Real Madrid, converted the deciding penalty in the shootout. Abdelhamid Sabiri...

Trouble Befalls Man Walking From Spain to World Cup

Santiago Sanchez may have been arrested in Iran

(Newser) - A Spanish man trekking from Madrid to Doha for the 2022 FIFA World Cup is believed to be under arrest in Iran, where he went missing more than three weeks ago, his family said Wednesday. "We learned this morning from the (Spanish) foreign ministry that there's a 99%...

'Great Job,' Trump Tells Spain's Far-Right Party

Vox leader calls former president a visionary in fight over borders

(Newser) - Former President Donald Trump threw his support behind Spain's far-right Sunday in a video shown at a rally in Madrid that also featured messages by the leading stars of Europe's populist right, including Italy's Giorgia Meloni and Hungary's Viktor Orban. In a recording that lasted under...

Track Dad Who Helped Son Finish Memorable Race Has Died

Jim and Derek Redmond participated in 'one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history'

(Newser) - Jim Redmond wasn't supposed to be on the track at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. He wasn't even an athlete, yet he played a key role in what the Olympic Committee calls "one of the most inspirational moments in Olympic history." Per NPR, Jim Redmond died...

Prosecutors Want Shakira in Jail for 8 Years
Shakira Must
Stand Trial,
Faces Hefty

Shakira Must Stand Trial, Faces Hefty Sentence

Prosecutors want to jail pop star for 8 years over tax-fraud allegations

(Newser) - Update: Pop star Shakira must stand trial in a tax-fraud case that could put her in prison for eight years. A Spanish court on Tuesday ordered the Colombian mega-star to go on trial over allegations of unpaid taxes, reports NDTV . No date has been set. The 45-year-old denies any wrongdoing...

Bear That Fought Off Attacker Found Dead in Cave

Mother bear battled male to protect cub

(Newser) - The fate of a bear seen fighting valiantly to save one of her cubs was tragic, but "these are things that happen in nature," says Guillermo Palomero, president of Spain's Brown Bear Foundation. In June, hikers in the northern Castile and Leon region recorded video of the...

Years Later, Gang Rapes Lead to 'Only Yes Means Yes' Law

Public outcry in Spain had followed infamous court rulings

(Newser) - Spain's lawmakers, under pressure since an infamous gang rape in 2016, have approved a law requiring that consent to sexual activity be explicit. "It's a victorious day after many years of struggle," said Irene Montero, the nation's equality minister. "From now on, no woman...

Man Set to Stand Trial Is Euthanized Instead

Marin Eugen Sabau was left a quadriplegic after being shot by police

(Newser) - Spain permits euthanasia for adults who are experiencing "unbearable suffering" due to incurable conditions—including adults who are accused gunmen awaiting trial, apparently. The BBC reports that Marin Eugen Sabau, 46, has been euthanized in prison, where he has been since allegedly opening fire at his former employer's...

Unprecedented Drought Leads to 'Rare Opportunity'

Scientists rush to study 'Spanish Stonehenge,' ancient rock circle emerging as water levels drop

(Newser) - "Spanish Stonehenge" is back. The Dolmen of Guadalperal, a circle of 150 stones in Caceres believed to be about 7,000 years old, was purposely submerged underwater in 1963, part of Spain's efforts to build the Valdecanas reservoir. Over the years, the rocks occasionally peeked out when weather...

'Violent' Winds Lead to Death, Injuries at Music Fest

One person killed, 'dozens' injured after part of stage collapses at Spain's Medusa Fest in Cullera

(Newser) - The plan for Friday evening at Spain's Medusa Festival, the first night of the six-day event, involved multiple DJs entertaining the crowds across five stages all night long. But that's not how things went down, after high winds caused a portion of the main stage to collapse, killing...

Court: Shooting Defendant Can End His Life Before Trial

Security guard shot during attack on colleagues is a paraplegic

(Newser) - A security guard charged in the shootings of colleagues and a police officer is within his rights to end his life before his trial begins, a court in Spain has ruled. Officials say Marin Eugen Sabau, 46, wounded three people at a security company in Tarragona in December, then a...

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