Wildfire burns 30 square miles in northern Spain

Some 500 soldiers have been deployed to help battle a wildfire authorities believe was started intentionally, which has burned 30 square miles in northern Spain. 

An injured protester is detained by riot police

Blood, debt and fears: crowds rise up as Spain agrees new €65bn cuts

The Spanish Prime Minister, Mariano Rajoy, unveiled a fresh round of spending cuts totalling €65bn over two years at a noisy session of parliament yesterday. The measures represent the country's latest bid to convince financial markets that its public finances are in order and prevent a debt crisis spreading to the rest of the eurozone.

easyJet promises business passengers a free flight if they arrive more than 15 minutes late

EasyJet set to close Madrid base

Low-fare airline easyJet is proposing to close its Madrid base from winter 2012/13 but will continue to fly to the Spanish city from other bases.

UN chooses Robert Mugabe as a 'leader for tourism'

Never mind that Robert Mugabe is under a travel ban for his cruel stewardship of Zimbabwe since independence. The United Nations, in its wisdom, has designated him a "leader for tourism" and chosen the Victoria Falls, shared with Zambia, as the venue for a holiday industry conference next year.

The Grand Tourist John Henderson was shipping this picture home to Fife on board the Westmorland in 1779

The English Prize, Ashmolean

Captured – snapshots of a Georgian holiday

Mariano Rajoy said Spain faced a 'difficult and complicated situation'

We risk being shut out of financial markets, warns Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy

The Spanish Prime Minister has vigorously defended the austerity policies that united thousands who protested against the harsh cuts this week by warning that the country risked being shut out of the financial markets unless it works to bring its debt burden under control.

Spanish anger at austerity spills into the streets

Spaniards angered by increasingly grim economic prospects and unemployment hitting one out of every four citizens turned out in droves in the nation's largest cities.

Spanish treasury will sell three bonds next week

Spain's Treasury said on today it will auction three bonds on 17 May.

Javier Ballesteros, eldest son of golf legend Seve

Seve's son on familiar turf

Seve Ballesteros' eldest son, Javier, makes his professional golf debut today at the Alpes de Barcelona tournament being held at Sant Cugat, the same course where his father started out in 1974.

Abidal is 'OK' after transplant

The Barcelona defender Eric Abidal is recovering well after a liver transplant, his wife Hayet said in a statement posted on the player's official Facebook page yesterday.

Riot police in Barcelona block the door of the stock exchange

Spain burns as strikes bring nation to its knees

Dozens injured and more than 170 arrested as austerity marches descend into violence

British Summer Time will kick off this weekend with the first summery weather of the year

Summer's officially here (and so's the sun)

British Summer Time kicks off this weekend with the first summery weather of the year, with bright sunshine and temperatures in some places expected to reach 21 or even 22C.

Enrique Sierra: Guitarist with the influential Spanish band Radio Futura

If Enrique Sierra, the ex-guitarist from Radio Futura – Spain's most important rock band of the post-Franco years – was to be remembered for one song, it would be the 1983 hit "Escuela de Calor". Relentlessly catchy and shot through with co-writer Sierra's simple, snappy guitar riffs, "Escuela de Calor" remains for many Spaniards a musical high-tide mark of la movida Madrileña. This was an explosion of artistic creativity, coupled with the breaking down of previously rigid social barriers and mores, that followed General Franco's death in 1975. For intensity, willingness to experiment and sheer novelty, la movida has never since been equalled in Spain. As for Radio Futura, they were one of la movida's musical standard-bearers.

Ronaldo scored twice against CSKA

Real Madrid happy to face Barcelona in Champions League

Real Madrid's players insist the club will be as happy to meet Barcelona as any other side in the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

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