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Between The Rock and a hard place

LA LINEA DE LA CONCEPCION, Spain — After almost three hours under a baking Mediterranean sun, tempers begin to fray along the line of cars stretching around the bay from the crossing into Gibraltar, the British territory at the end of the Iberian Peninsula. The people of this town are bearing the brunt of a renewed dispute between Gibraltar and the Spanish government, which has imposed rigorous police controls that have disrupted the flow of traffic across the border. 

Gibraltar: The Rock refuses to roll

GIBRALTAR — Ask most Gibraltarians whether their tiny strip of land should be returned to Spain and you get a look of pain and disbelief that anyone would raise such question. The opinions are especially strident these days because after years of relative calm, the 300-year dispute between Britain and Spain over ownership of this rocky promontory jutting dramatically into the Mediterranean Sea is again flaring up.

Spain and Britain clash over Gibraltar

BRUSSELS — The head of Gibraltar's British-backed government has accused Spain of acting "like North Korea" by holding up traffic on the border and threatening a series of other measures against the tiny territory.The immediate cause of the tension is fishing. Spain says a Gibraltarian scheme to drop tons of concrete blocks into the sea near the border will stop its boats from fishing. Gibraltar says it's creating an artificial reef that will attract sea life. Behind fish is a toxic sovereignty dispute dating back 300 years. 
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