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Santander, Bank of Shanghai forge closer ties

Beijing, Apr 16 (EFE).- The bosses of Banco Santander, Emilio Botin, and Bank of Shanghai, Fan Yifei, signed a cooperation agreement Wednesday covering the university sector, further strengthening the ties the two financial institutions forged last year. The accord, inked at BoS headquarters in Shanghai, includes international mobility scholarships for students, a training program to improve teaching quality and several initiatives to improve services for university staff and students.

Santander, Bank of Shanghai forge closer ties

Beijing, Apr 16 (EFE).- The bosses of Banco Santander, Emilio Botin, and Bank of Shanghai, Fan Yifei, signed a cooperation agreement Wednesday covering the university sector, further strengthening the ties the two financial institutions forged last year. The accord, inked at BoS headquarters in Shanghai, includes international mobility scholarships for students, a training program to improve teaching quality and several initiatives to improve services for university staff and students.

With no work at home, young Spaniards flee to London

More and more young Spaniards, forced to leave home by crippling unemployment, are attracted to London by the prospect of work and the chance to learn English -- but often run into a fresh set of problems. While debate is raging in Britain about newcomers from eastern Europe, this group has arrived almost unnoticed. More than 51,000 Spaniards, most of them under the age of 34, made the journey north to Britain last year, making them the second-largest group of arrivals behind the Poles.

Oil-drilling plans face stiff resistance in Spain's Ibiza

Plans to drill for oil off the Spanish holiday island of Ibiza have met with fierce opposition from locals who fear the white sand beaches and marine life will be damaged. "Everyone is against it here," said Carlos Bravo of the Blue Sea Alliance, an umbrella organisation of 50 groups including environmentalists, hoteliers and unions, seeking to halt oil exploration off Ibiza and Formentera, a neighbouring island that is only accessible by boat.

Taboo-breaking Basque comedy is blockbuster in Spain

By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish filmgoers are lining up for a surprise hit comedy about Basques and separatist guerrillas - complete with jokes about car-bombings - in a film that would have been unthinkable in Spain before now. The movie, "8 Apellidos Vascos" (8 Basque Surnames), has viewers in stitches over the cultural divide between a slick-haired young man from southern Spain and his Basque girlfriend.

Spanish companies look for LatAm business at Chilean air show

Santiago, Mar 27 (EFE).- A dozen Spanish companies are participating in the 2014 International Air and Space Show, or FIDAE, in Santiago, Chile, exhibiting innovative new aerospace products, defense equipment, such as armored vehicles, helicopter engineering gear and air traffic control systems. The Spanish firms are in a pavillion set up by the Spanish Defense, Aeronautics and Space Technology Companies Association, or TEDAE, with the goal of identifying partners and sourcing customers in Latin America.

Clashes at end of month-long 'march for dignity' to Madrid

Violence flared as tens of thousands descended on Madrid on Saturday, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long "march for dignity" against the dire state of the economy. What had been a day of largely peaceful demonstration took a violent turn in the late evening, as dozens of youths smashed the windows of a bank, set bins on fire and threw projectiles at police.

Clashes at end of month-long 'march for dignity' to Madrid

Violence flared as tens of thousands descended on Madrid on Saturday, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long "march for dignity" against the dire state of the economy. What had been a day of largely peaceful demonstration took a violent turn in the late evening, as dozens of youths smashed the windows of a bank, set bins on fire and threw projectiles at police, who responded by firing rubber bullets and charging, an AFP reporter at the scene said.

Tens of thousands bring month-long 'march for dignity' to Madrid

Tens of thousands descended on Madrid on Saturday, some having trekked from the furthest corners of Spain, at the end of a month-long "march for dignity" to protest draconian austerity policies. "Rise! Rise! We will fight!" cried protesters gathered at Atocha station before heading down the broad avenues of Madrid's city centre. Eight columns converged on the capital -- carrying flags from Andalucia in the south, Catalonia in the east, or the Asturias in the northwest -- at the culmination of nearly a month of walking for some of the protesters.

Ada Colau: hardened fighter for Spain evictees

Enemies have branded her a "terrorist" and sent her death threats, but 40-year-old mother Ada Colau keeps on fighting for thousands of families facing eviction in Spain's economic crisis. As spokeswoman of the PAH, a grassroots movement campaigning to protect ruined homeowners, she has taken on Spain's banks and politicians, winning an accolade from the European Parliament.
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