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INDEPENDENCE DRIVE

Catalan separatist drive losing steam ahead of regional race, poll finds

Miquel Noguer / El País Barcelona

Catalonia government survey says 58.1% of respondents would cast vote in September 27 election with crisis in mind, while 21.1% would do so thinking about independence

Latin America

Why Colombia’s first euthanasia was stopped with 15 minutes to go

Javier Lafuente Bogotá

Doubting doctors have now approved procedure for 79-year-old terminal cancer patient they canceled last week

GAY PRIDE

The origin of the LGBT rainbow flag

As Spain celebrates a decade of same-sex marriages, discover where the global symbol of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement came from and what it means in this infographic

The wedding of Socialist Jaume Collboni (l) and TV producer Óscar Cornejo.

A decade on, same-sex weddings make up 2% of total in Spain

More than 30,000 gay and lesbian couples have married since landmark legislation was passed in 2005, says statistics institute

WEATHER

Spanish heatwave to continue until mid-July, say weather experts

Isabel Cuesta Madrid

National Meteorological Agency warns Madrid will be “so hot it’s scary” as temperatures surpass 40ºC

Spain braces for a new week-long heatwave beginning Friday

Twenty-seven provinces on alert for high temperatures. World bodies call for improved early warning system

Political corruption

PP’s illegal financing goes back to founding, claims ex-treasurer

Luis Bárcenas tells court that all top party leaders – including prime ministers Rajoy and Aznar – knew about the irregular donations scheme

MADRID

Madrid's Plaza Mayor could change its look significantly in the coming years. / S. S.

Plaza Mayor: No longer just a place for a relaxing ‘cafe con leche’

Local businesses are calling on City Hall to completely revamp the landmark site in time for its 400th anniversary in 2017

LATIN AMERICA

Live sex show at Buenos Aires university sparks scandal

Alejandro Rebossio Buenos Aires

School authorities investigating why ‘post-porn’ exhibition was held in an open public lobby

TOURISM

Barcelona mayor suspends granting of new hotel licenses

Clara Blanchar Barcelona

New leftist leader Ada Colau hopes one-year suspension on accommodation will create a balance between industry growth and quality of life for locals

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Court shelves case against Madrid councilor over offensive tweets

City Hall praises “common sense” of decision in probe into ETA and Holocaust jokes posted by Ahora Madrid’s Guillermo Zapata

Is Donald Trump the world’s most hated man right now?

Macy’s department store joins boycott to cut ties with Republican contender for remarks about Mexicans

Latin America

Ecuador under threat of “soft coup,” says President Correa

Officials fear that spike in marches against the government may mar pope’s visit

THE CATHOLIC CHURCH

Seville church website removes article on “curing” homosexuality

El País Seville

Parish priest says volunteer posted the text without giving warning

LABOR MARKET

Spanish unemployment falls by 94,727 people in June

Social Security affiliations rise by 35,085, surpassing levels when PM Mariano Rajoy came to power in December 2011

From l to r: Aznar, Rajoy, Juan Carlos, González and Zapatero. / D. G.

Spain’s current and former PMs dine with King Juan Carlos

El País Madrid

Surprise gathering organized to celebrate the first anniversary of monarch’s abdication in favor of his son Felipe

SPANISH LEARNING

King Felipe unveils a Spanish proficiency test for the whole planet

Jan Martínez Ahrens Mexico City

Spain’s monarch travels to Mexico City to present new certificate for determining students’ language levels, wherever they are

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SAN FERMINES 2015

Video: One of the 'encierros' from 2014. / Atlas

Rev up your engines – it’s time for the annual Running of the Bulls

Javier Doria Pamplona

An insider’s guide to the best and the lesser-known options for a good time in Pamplona – whether you actually run or not

Verne in english

Miguel Rivera has gained online fame with his version of 'Beat It'

The Spanish guitarist who set the internet ablaze with ‘Beat It’ cover

Guitar teacher earns global fame after student posts his performance on Reddit, which has gained two million views and counting

Rajoy takes Sarkozy for lunch, a new meme is born

Rajoy’s choice of venue for his meal with the French ex-leader sends users of the micro-blogging site rushing to Photoshop

The case of the senior skater

When TV show ‘El Hormiguero’ disguised one of Spain’s best skaters as a grandpa, chaos ensued at a Madrid skatepark

Why Catalonia’s pioneering anti-homophobia legislation needs more support

Angus McNeice meets the gay activist who helped make the landmark law a reality

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EDITOR’S PICK

Marlon Brando on the set of ‘The Godfather.’ / © Steve Schapiro, courtesy of Camera Work Gallery, Berlin.

“Brando was a pussycat”

Veteran US photographer Steve Schapiro’s work has taken him everywhere from the set of ‘Taxi Driver’ to Martin Luther King’s hotel room, as a new retrospective of his work in Zaragoza attests

The best of Granada’s free tapas

The Andalusian city is famed for the Alhambra but is just as well known for the delicacies handed out with every drink

Why the heat puts us in a bad mood

Scientific research points to links between hot weather and irritability, anxiety, mood swings, and even wars

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