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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Spanish Ambassador to Britain caught up in financial controversy

The company, Corporación Llorente, is under scrutiny as part of a wider investigation into how state permits were distributed to energy firms

An Italian military ship with would be immigrants onboard in the port of Pozzallo, Sicily, last year

Migrant boat disaster: How to end the loss of life in the Mediterranean

From search and rescue to blockading traffickers, the options explained

Migrants from sub-Saharan Africa sit at a centre for illegal migrants in Misrata on April 15 after their boat was intercepted by the Libyan coast guard

Calls for UN-backed force to intervene in Libya to stop people smugglers

Malta's prime minister offered the radical solution to the migrant crisis

An Italian policeman stands guard as migrants eat while waiting at the port of Lampedusa to board a ferry bound for Porto Empedocle in Sicily. Authorities on the Italian island of Lampedusa struggled to cope with a huge influx of newly-arrived migrants as aid organisations warned the Libya crisis means thousands more could be on their way

Migrant boat disaster: EU must commit funds to stop many more dying

Last week alone, 10,000 people were plucked from sinking boats

Rodrigo Rato is suspected, along with others, of illegally repatriating foreign assets

Rodrigo Rato: Humiliation for ex-IMF chief held as part of tax fraud probe

Rato investigated over 'repatriated earnings' as yet another financial scandal engulfs Spanish politics

Troitiño was sentenced to 2,746 years in jail in Spain, of which he served 24

Eta militant Antonio Troitino loses Spanish extradition fight

Troitiño was convicted in Spain of carrying out a spate of terrorist attacks in the 1980s,

People are turning to increasingly ingenious ways to get narcotics into the lucrative European market

Unhappy landings for drug mules at Madrid airport

An entire orchestra from Venezuela, a man dressed as a priest using the Bible to hide his stash and another who had cocaine in his false leg – all were among 364 people caught last year at Madrid airport trying to smuggle drugs into Spain – and, according to officials, it is the normal-looking people they suspect most.

People enjoy the weather on Levante Beach in Benidorm, Spain

Beware of immigration, say the British expats enjoying sunny Spain

Alistair Dawber meets the Brits abroad who could decide the vote

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday; he called for a ceasefire and a negotiated end to the conflict

Yemen crisis: Saudi bombing campaign against Houthi rebels is a war crime and genocide, says Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei

While Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described the air strikes as a 'mistake' and called for a ceasefire

A boy transports containers at a private well as people store water, amid a serious shortage in the Yemeni capital Sanaa

Yemen crisis: Shortage of water and medical supplies threatens civilians caught up in devastating civil war

Alistair Dawber reports on a looming humanitarian disaster

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Blundering Blair quits as Middle East peace envoy – only Israel will miss him

For Arabs – and for Britons who lost their loved ones in his shambolic war in Iraq – his appointment was an insult, says Robert Fisk
Fifa corruption arrests: All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue

Fifa corruption arrests

All hail the Feds for riding to football's rescue, says Ian Herbert
Isis in Syria: The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of President Assad and militant fighters

The Kurdish enclave still resisting the tyranny of Assad and Isis

In Syrian Kurdish cantons along the Turkish border, the progressive aims of the 2011 uprising are being enacted despite the war. Patrick Cockburn returns to Amuda
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How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
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How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
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The ZX Spectrum is back

The ZX Spectrum was the original - and for some players, still the best. David Crookes meets the fans who've kept the games' flames lit
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Even the screenwriter pours scorn on Grace of Monaco biopic

The critics had a field day after last year's premiere, but the savaging goes on
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Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people once had about periods

If one was missed, vomiting blood was seen as a viable alternative
The best work perks: From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)

The quirks of work perks

From free travel cards to making dreams come true (really)
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Is bridge becoming hip?

The number of young players has trebled in the past year. Gillian Orr discovers if this old game has new tricks
Long author-lists on research papers are threatening the academic work system

The rise of 'hyperauthorship'

Now that academic papers are written by thousands (yes, thousands) of contributors, it's getting hard to tell workers from shirkers
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The rise of Lego Clubs

How toys are helping children struggling with social interaction to build better relationships
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Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
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'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

Joe Root says the England dressing room is a happy place again – and Stokes is the catalyst
Raif Badawi: Wife pleads for fresh EU help as Saudi blogger's health worsens

Please save my husband

As the health of blogger Raif Badawi worsens in prison, his wife urges EU governments to put pressure on the Saudi Arabian royal family to allow her husband to join his family in Canada