Aemet said a mass of hot, dry air is blowing in from Africa, carrying with it dust from the Sahara and “exceptionally high” daily temperatures that are between 10C and 15C above the seasonal average. Photograph: iStock

Temperatures in parts of southern Spain are forecast to exceed 42C on Saturday as a heatwave of “extraordinary intensity” brings dusty skies, a height(...)

Alexia Putellas of FC Barcelona in action. Photograph:  Eric Alonso/Getty

Possession, position and pressing are three P’s mainly associated with Liverpool men, Spain’s 2010 World Cup-winning men’s team and countless others. (...)

Spain’s minister for equality Irene Monsays the Bill guarantees women’s sexual and reproductive rights. Photograph:  La MoncloA/AFP via Getty

The Spanish government has unveiled a reform which seeks to loosen existing abortion restrictions and provide paid leave for women who suffer severe p(...)

Catalan regional president Pere Aragonès was among those whose phone was believed to have been hacked, when he was still vice-president of Catalonia. Photograph: Javier Soriano/AFP via Getty Images

The president of Catalonia, Pere Aragonès, has warned that revelations about allegedly widespread surveillance of senior figures in the region’s indep(...)

Catalonia’s president Pere Aragonès was reportedly hacked when he was still vice-president of the region. Photograph: Alberto Estevez/EPA

Less than a year after he took office as Catalonia’s president with the promise of pursuing a policy of engagement with Madrid, Pere Aragonès is now t(...)

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez: Madrid has led calls for the electricity pricing market to be changed to remove the role of gas. Photograph: Fernando Calvo/ La Moncloa/AFP

The talk in Brussels is that Spanish prime minister Pedro Sánchez needs to bring home a result from this week’s European Council – or his politic(...)

On March 11th, 2004, 10 bombs were detonated on four commuter trains in Atocha station just outside Madrid. A total of 193 people died and around 2,000 were injured in the largest terrorist atrocity Spain had seen.  Photograph: Kai Pfaffenbach/Reuters

There was a political spat recently over a Spanish government plan to rename Madrid’s Atocha railway station after the late novelist Almudena Grandes.(...)

Migrants arriving at  a temporary centre for immigrants and asylum seekers in Melilla after jumping the border fence separating Spain’s Melilla enclave from Morocco. Photograph: El Faro TV/AFP via Getty Images

The arrival of more than 800 undocumented Africans in Melilla this week after the biggest mass attempt to reach the city for years has reinforced Spai(...)

Cerberus has set up more than 50  companies in Dublin. Photograph: iStock

Cerberus Capital Management, a US buyer of distressed assets globally, uses a complicated network of Irish entities to hold loans secured on billions (...)

His full name was Juan José Rafael Teodomiro de O’Donoju y O’Ryan, the last bit acquired via his mother, Alice Ryan from Tipperary. He negotiated the agreement by which Mexico became independent.

In his ancestral Kerry, he would have been plain John O’Donoghue. But fate (and the Battle of the Boyne) dictated that he was born instead in Seville.(...)

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