The two wounds on “Skull 17”, as it is known, were sustained on the forehead, above the left eye, and were extremely close to each other.  Photograph: Javier Trueba/Madrid Scientific Films/Reuters

Scientists in Spain say that a prehistoric skull contains evidence that our ancestors were committing murder nearly half a million years ago. Research(...)

Ada Colau at a press conference to evaluate Sunday’s election results in Barcelona. Photograph: Josep Lago/AFP

Wiping tears from her eyes, Ada Colau, who is almost certain to be the new mayor of Barcelona, summed up her triumph in the city’s election as she add(...)

Supporters of Podemos in Madrid celebrate after the regional and municipal elections in which the big loser was Spain’s ruling Popular Party. Photograph: Andrea Comas/Reuters

“The big cities are the engine of political change,” Podemos party leader Pablo Iglesias told rapturous supporters after Sunday’s regional and municip(...)

“People are fed up,” says PP candidate for mayor of Madrid Esperanza Aguirre. Photograph: Gerard Julier/AFP/Getty Images

“There have been too many cases of people being corrupted,” says Esperanza Aguirre, the Popular Party (PP) candidate for mayor of Madrid in tomorrow’s(...)

Xosé Filgueira Valverde: Celebration of Galician writer whose political career under the dictatorship of Francisco Franco, particularly his term as mayor of Pontevedra between 1959 and 1968, has sparked outrage.

For some, Xosé Filgueira Valverde was a prominent intellectual whose selfless public service included a spell as mayor of his home town. But for other(...)

The Guinness Book of Records had rejected the Vitoria bid, due to the fact the tortilla had been put together in what it described as “portions precooked the previous day, like a puzzle”. Bill Hogan/Chicago Tribune/MCT/Getty

When the mayor of Vitoria, Javier Maroto, commissioned a platoon of chefs to cook the world’s largest Spanish omelette last year, he expected it to (...)

 Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias: “In these elections there aren’t many options, there are basically two: to leave things as they are or to change. We believe things can change.” Photograph: Dani Pozo/AFP/Getty Images

With Spain holding local elections in less than three weeks, political party Podemos has unveiled a policy manifesto which sees it reach out to cent(...)

Relatives of imprisoned members of Eta take part in a march demanding the transfer of Eta prisoners to the Basque country in Bilbao in January  2013.  Another thorny issue in the wake of Eta’s ceasefire has been the status of the 500 or so members of the organisation who are still in prison, most of whom are deliberately kept in jails far from their families.   Photograph: Rafa Rivas/AFP/Getty Images

A coalition of pro-independence political parties from the Basque country has presented a “road map” aimed at consolidating peace, more than three ye(...)

Former IMF head and former Spanish Economy minister Rodrigo Rato (centre) is surrounded by the media as he leaves his office  in Madrid last week. Photograph:   Gerard Julien/AFP/Getty Images

Spain is only a month away from local elections in which a new generation of young politicians promising sweeping changes is expected to burst onto(...)

Federico Garcia Lorca was driven to the outskirts of his hometown, Grenada, and ‘shot, after having confessed’, a police document states. Photograph: Pablo Blazquez Dominguez/Getty Images

After eight decades of conjecture, rumour and denial, it has finally been confirmed that the poet Federico García Lorca was killed in 1936 on the o(...)