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State Council votes unanimously to appeal alternative Catalan poll

Anabel Díez Madrid

Government advisory body believes that the November 9 consultation on independence from Spain is unconstitutional. Cabinet likely to approve appeal on Friday

Catalonia asks private media to run self-rule vote ads for free

Miquel Noguer / Carlos E. Cué Barcelona / Madrid

Artur Mas’s government says unofficial November 9 referendum is in “public interest”

Footage of soldiers beating detainees at Diwaniya in 2004.

Military court drops prosecution of soldiers who beat Iraqi prisoners

Spanish judges use Bush doctrine to suggest inmates may not have been protected by Geneva Conventions

Operation Púnica

Prison for mayors involved in Púnica bid-rigging scheme

Socialist leader of Madrid town of Parla and Popular Party chief of Torrejón de Velasco can avoid jail by posting bail of €60,000

Former top Madrid official and partner had €5.8m in Swiss bank

Francisco Granados, who was arrested as part of Operation Púnica on Monday, got rich in tandem with childhood friend and constructor David Marjaliza


Rajoy has said sorry about corruption in the PP. / J. WARNAND (EFE)

PM apologizes to “all Spaniards” over party corruption

Mariano Rajoy stresses latest bid-rigging scandal only reflects “personal greed,” not illegal PP financing. “I understand citizens’ indignation,” he says

Ex-PP minister Acebes denies knowledge of party slush fund

Former politician tells High Court judge he did not authorize purchase of shares in media company using undeclared cash


Santiago Calatrava in Madrid. / Samuel Sánchez

“There is a campaign to discredit me for electoral ends”

In a rare interview Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava responds to accusations of cost overruns, leaky roofs and unstable bridges


Teresa Romero's husband, Javier Limón, moments before his press conference. / Carlos rosillo

Ebola nursing aide’s family to file complaints over handling of case

Husband will challenge Madrid health official who criticized Teresa Romero, as well as the decision to put down their dog

Ebola victim’s husband released after 21 days in isolation

El País Madrid

Javier Limón did not develop any symptoms of the virus during his three weeks in quarantine at Carlos III Hospital

Some of the National Police’s Twitter messages.

L@w enforcement via Twitter

With more than a million followers, Spain’s National Police have made effective use of the network to rally the public in the fight against crime


Madrid seeks ways to appeal Catalonia’s alternative self-rule vote

Government asks state lawyers to examine if new poll scheduled for November 9 breaks any laws

Catalonia pressures mayors by email to help with November vote

Only five villages are resisting calls to lend out local premises for the non-binding alternative to the self-rule referendum

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The Dealz store in Torremolinos.

Everything for €1.50: British chain Poundland sets up in Spain

The company, which is planning to open 10 stores in a year, sells brand items at single fixed price

Through the eyes of a child

Aged just 10, Spaniard Carlos Pérez Naval has just become the youngest BBC Young Wildlife Photographer of the Year

When porn replaces sex education

With the subject often ignored in schools, many Spanish teens have been left to learn about sexual relations from adult videos

The big cat that is running out of lives

James Bryce laments the loss of lynx in traffic accidents, with this year marking the highest number since records began


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Falling oil price puts Mexico on alert

Jan Martínez Ahrens Mexico City

Lower profit margins making expensive projects less desirable for foreign investors

“We are not a populist government”

In this exclusive interview with EL PAÍS, Chilean president Michelle Bachelet discusses her far-reaching reforms

Venezuela imports crude oil for first time since 1990s

The global oil producer and exporter has offered technical reasons for purchase



Not enough

The PM’s apology over party corruption must be followed by more action to regenerate Spain’s political system

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