Alistair Dawber

Alistair Dawber is The Independent's Spain correspondent. He has twice been the foreign editor and was also Jerusalem correspondent. Alistair initially worked on the business desk as investment editor.

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Carlos Fernández Guerra gained Spanish police more followers than the FBI

Carlos Fernández Guerra: Spain's 'chief constable of Twitter' stands down after increasing Policía Nacional's followers to 1.75m

By comparison the American FBI has accumulated a paltry 1.24 million followers, and London's Metropolitan Police can count just 332,000

Customers queue at the entrance of a El Corte Inglés store in Barcelona. File photo

El Corte Inglés: Europe's largest department store crushes shareholder opposition to Qatari investment as family group is thrown off board

Corporación Ceslar had questioned a deal with the former Prime Minister of Gulf state

Gibraltar’s Chief Minister Fabian Picardo compared Spanish tactics to those used before World War II

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever' - the Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'

As Spanish nationalists rattle their sabres, the Rock's Chief Minister tells Alistair Dawber the debate is over

Raw Diamonds

Spanish police arrest first man for trade in Sierra Leone blood diamonds

The 64-year-old stands accused of forcing Sierra Leoneans to work, effectively as slaves, in the country’s diamond mines

The incident happened in Cristovo de Cea in northern Spain

Clueless Spanish builders destroy heritage-protected Neolithic tomb and replace it with picnic table

However, even the town's mayor had no idea of the site's significance

South Sudanese SPLA soldiers are pictured in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state, last week

South Sudan's civil war: What has happened in the world's youngest nation?

Like many conflicts, the start of the South Sudanese civil war began as little more than a row between two men, albeit two powerful leaders in the world’s newest nation.

African leaders watch President Salva Kiir sign the accord

South Sudan President signs peace deal to end bloody civil war

UN relieved as agreement hopes to end conflict between government troops and rebels

File photo. The pleasure boat was escorted back to a harbour by the Royal Gibraltar Police

Tensions rise as Spanish customs boat fires shots at pleasure craft in Gibraltar's waters

It is alleged that four shots were fired at the Gibraltar-registered boat on Saturday, in what is a third such incident in as many weeks

Federico Garcia Lorca, pictured above in 1919, was shot by Franco’s soldiers in 1936

Mystery of Federico Garcia Lorca's grave deepens amid claims poet's body was moved

The writer was shot dead by Franco's soldiers in the Spanish Civil War

Rodrigo Rato

Spaniards may have to go to the polls in November holding their noses

Voters may well back Rajoy for economic reasons, but he must face up to corruption

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