File pManchester City have announced the signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year contract. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA

Manchester City have announced the signing of defender Nicolas Otamendi from Valencia on a five-year contract. The 27-year-old, who had been strongly(...)

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Nowhere has fortune favoured the brave more than in Valencia. The 2,000-year-old city, one of Spain’s oldest, was founded by retiring Roman soldier(...)

Louis Van Gaal’s Manchester United will play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Photograph: Getty

Manchester United have been drawn to play Club Brugge in the Champions League play-offs. Louis Van Gaal’s side will be at home in the first leg to be (...)

The seized painting,  ‘Head of a Young Woman’, by Picasso, at the customs offices in Calvi. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Kim Willsher in Paris When French customs officers boarded a yacht docked off the town of Calvi in northern Corsica, they knew exactly what they were (...)

Ryanair alleges it was defamed in Channel Four’s ‘Secrets from the Cockpit’ programme on the airline’s fuel policy. File photograph: Bryan O’Brien/The Irish Times

Ryanair has been ordered to give Channel Four TV Corporation documents related to its fuel policy between 2010 and 2012 in advance of the hearing of p(...)

Aine Connery scored Ireland’s winner against Uruguay as they qualified for the quarter-finals of the World League Round 3 in Valencia. Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

Ireland 3 Uruguay 2 Ireland’s women booked a place in the quarter-finals of World League Round 3 in Valencia on Saturday afternoon as Aine Connery’s (...)

Sailing Boats off the Coast of Villefrance-Sur-Mer, Provence, France

On the way back from a stay in Kenya our family are scheduled to stop off in Amman for almost four weeks to travel in Jordan, Palestine and Israel.(...)

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 celebrate the results of leftist parties at the townhall square after the Spanish regional and local elections in Valencia, Spain early on Monday. Photograph: Reuters/Heino Kalis

Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) took a battering in regional and local elections on Sunday after voters punished prime minister Mariano Rajoy for (...)

Pablo Casado, the ruling People’s Party’s campaign chief, talks to reporters after the regional and municipal elections in Madrid. Photograph: Juan Medina/Reuters

Spain’s ruling People’s Party (PP) suffered significant losses in regional elections on Sunday, with Spaniards punishing prime minister Mariano Rajoy (...)