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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Postcard from... Trujillo

Holy Week, known as Semana Santa in Spain, is a serious business. While the faithful may flock to Rome to hear the missives of the Pontiff, in Spain it is procession time, with religious floats paraded through towns in respectful silence. Spaniards traditionally travel back to their villages for the holiday and take part in the parades. Special dress is worn and for weeks the highlights are advertised on posters in shop windows.

On a visit to Lebanon on Wednesday, Spain’s King Felipe VI lays a wreath for the soldier killed in January

Israel blames 'calculation error' for death of Spanish peacekeeper killed by artillery shell in southern Lebanon

Corporal Javier Soria Toledo is the 13th member of the Spanish armed services to die as part of the long-running UN mission which began in 1978

The four-bedroom property is worth £66,000

Spanish family's €10 lottery ticket nets them new four-bedroom home worth €90,000 - thanks to the country's blighted property market

The previous owners decided to raffle off the house after banks refused to issue mortgages to any prospective buyers

Doctor Joan-Pere Barret, chief of the Plastic Surgery and Burn Reconstruction department at the Vall d'Hebron hospital in Barcelona, explains the hospital's second face transplant

Spain's pioneering Vall d'Hebron hospital rebuilds man's face and neck during complex 27 hour operation

The 45-year-old patient suffered from a condition known as arteriovenous malformation which caused his facial tissues to degenerate and deform

Iran has always insisted that it has acquired and processed uranium for a peaceful nuclear programme

Iran nuclear deal: What are the remaining sticking points as clock ticks towards deadline

Negotiators face hurdles as they try to reach a deal with Iran

Flowers at the air crash memorial to Germanwings Flight 4U 9525 in Le Vernet, south-eastern France

Germanwings crash: Three generations from same Spanish family killed in Alps disaster - and they were all called Emma

Twelve-year-old Emma Solera Pardo, her mother Emma Pardo Vidal and grandmother Emma Vidal Bardan all boarded Flight 9525 last Tuesday

Tourists observe the drawings in the replica of the cave of Altamira near Santander, northern Spain

Spanish stone-age cave paintings in Altamira 'under threat' after being re-opened to the public

Just a year after one of Spain’s most important historical sites, the Altamira cave, was reopened to the public, scientists are now saying tourists are causing permanent damage to one of the finest examples of Palaeolithic art anywhere in the world.

Postcard from... Barcelona

This is ground control to Major Tom. Or, actually, more accurately, this is Room 135 to room service.

Postcard from... Benidorm

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you think of Benidorm on Spain’s Costa Blanca? Brits? Beer? The sight of people having had one too many?

The city is known for cultural landmarks such as the Alhambra Palace

Fiesta de Primavera 2015: Granada prepares for annual spring break party that attracts 25,000 guests – and has sparked a political row

This year's event will come to an end just over 24 hours before polls open in Andalusia's regional elections, and politicians have questioned how it is organised

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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
How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields: Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape the US

How I survived Cambodia's Killing Fields

Acclaimed surgeon SreyRam Kuy celebrates her mother's determination to escape to the US
Stephen Mangan interview: From posh buffoon to pregnant dad, the actor has quite a range

How Stephen Mangan got his range

Posh buffoon, hapless writer, pregnant dad - Mangan is certainly a versatile actor
The ZX Spectrum has been crowd-funded back into play - with some 21st-century tweaks

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
Grace of Monaco film panned: even the screenwriter pours scorn on biopic starring Nicole Kidman

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
Menstrual Hygiene Day: The strange ideas people used to believe about periods

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)
Is bridge the latest twee pastime to get hip?

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
5 best running glasses

On your marks: 5 best running glasses

Whether you’re pounding pavements, parks or hill passes, keep your eyes protected in all weathers
Joe Root: 'Ben Stokes gives everything – he’s rubbing off on us all'

'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