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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The cathedral is contained in the walls of a former mosque

Cordoba mayors accuse Church of 'seizing' city's mosque-cathedral

Mayors say they are 'deeply concerned' the Church has taken over the complex

Libyan National Army fighters stand at the entrance of a destroyed building after clashes with Isis in Benghazi, last December

David Cameron’s ‘free Libya’ is no-go area, Foreign Office says

Despite the spectre of Isis making greater inroads, the PM says he does not regret helping to get rid of Gaddafi

Postcard from... Cordoba, Spain

Necessity, so the saying goes, is the mother of all invention. Think the wheel, the printing press and the internal combustion engine, to name but three breakthroughs in human advancement which prove the theory. Doubtlessly, one day we will go to Mars, and beyond.

An Egyptian fighter jet returns from bombing Libya

Isis: Egypt joins attacks with air strikes avenging massacre

Bombers strike at Libyan targets after murder of 21 Egyptian Christians

The high winds and heavy rain that struck the Cantabrian coast last week have washed away huge amounts of sand

Rain in Spain unearths fossilised trees that predate dinosaurs

The trunk and roots date back 300 million years

An amateur video of the IS attack on Tripoli’s Corinthia Hotel on 27 January

Isis in Libya? Fears militants are about to follow up their brutal successes in Iraq and Syria by expanding into the unstable north African country

Last month, the Corinthia Hotel in Tripoli was attacked by Islamists in a raid that cost at least nine lives, including that of an American contractor

Some of the rescued treasures are displayed to the media in Madrid

Spanish police break up criminal gang smuggling €300,000 Egyptian antiquities that could have been used to fund jihadists

Isis and other militant groups have used artefact sales as an important source of revenue in recent years

People gather in the main square of Madrid during a Podemos (We Can) party march in Madrid

Podemos March for Change: Huge crowds rally in Madrid to support Spanish leftist party

Tens of thousands gather, emboldened by 'sister party' Syriza's win in Greece

The Estadio Santiago Bernabeu could be renamed as part of a new sponsorship deal for Real Madrid

Bye bye Bernabeu in Real Madrid's Abu Dhabi deal

Real Madrid is on the verge of accepting a sponsorship deal worth hundreds of millions

The Cathedral in the centre of the Spanish city of Granada

Ten Catholic priests charged with sexually abusing altar boys in Spain

Pope Francis intervenes after receiving a personal letter from one of the victims at the Vatican last year

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but the Caliphate is an ancient Muslim ideal
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'The economic collapse has happened. What is at risk now is democracy...'

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