Mariano Rajoy: so-called transparency portal is the flagship project of  the prime minister’s new transparency law. Photograph: Pau Barrena/Bloomberg

Database will show salaries of public figures, and detail donations, contracts and subsidies

A portrait of Federico García Lorca hangs from a wall in a restaurant near the site where archeologists are searching for a mass grave of victims of the Spanish Civil War in Alfacar, near Granada. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

Historians believe they have solved mystery of last resting place of Spain’s celebrated poet

Supporters hold up a Catalan independence flag during a conference in Barcelona on Tuesday called  after a symbolic vote on the region’s independence from Spain. Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

President aims to run on a united platform with other pro-independence parties

A television screen grab of 85-year-old Carmen Martínez  in her neighbourhood of Vallecas in Madrid. Spanish first division soccer club Rayo Vallecano is to help Ms Martínez, who was evicted on  November 21st from her house in Vallecas, where had lived there for 50 years. Photograph:  EPA/EFE TV

Rayo Vallecano’s staff steps in after 85-year-old is evicted over son’s debt

Pope Francis telephoned the alleged victim of sex abuse by several priests and asked him to “forgive this extremely serious sin”. Photograph: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Granada archbishop to explain failure to act over suspected abusive priests

 Spanish prime minister Mariano Rajoy speaks about the recent unofficial Catalonian independence poll  in Madrid yesterday. Photograph:  Denis Doyle/Getty Images

Spanish PM refuses to cede ground despite overwhelming vote in favour of secession

Pro-independence supporters celebrate the results of the informal poll for the independence of Catalonia in Barcelona, Spain, on Sunday.Photograph: AP Photo/Emilio Morenatti

Turnout for unofficial referendum hints at appetite for more formal action

Volunteers count ballots after the closing of a polling station yesterday in Barcelona. Photograph: David Ramos/Getty Images

Overwhelming win expected for pro-independence side in low turnout vote

Spanish nun Teresa Forcades, who has become an increasingly prominent European intellectual. Photograph: Lluis Gene/AFP/Getty Images

In the past, Teresa Forcades’s views have drawn Vatican reprimands

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