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Spain's queen completes trip to Guatemala

Guatemala City, Mar 21 (EFE).- Spain's Queen Sofia completed her trip to Guatemala Friday at the National Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, where she could see the remains of the tomb of Mayan Queen Kalomt'e K'abel, discovered in 2012 at one of the most important of recent archaeological finds in this Central American country. A true archaeology enthusiast, the Spanish queen showed great interest in details of the burial of this ruler known as the Divine Lady of Kan, who reigned in the late seventh century.

Spain recognizes LatAm, U.S. and Spanish journalists

Madrid, Mar 12 (EFE).- Spanish journalist Jose Maria Irujo was named Wednesday as the winner of the 2014 King of Spain International Journalism Prize in the Press category for his story in Madrid daily El Pais on a 1980 murder by right-wing extremists. News professionals from Argentina, Brazil, the United States and Nicaragua were also recognized in the 31st edition of the prestigious awards. The prizes are organized by Agencia Efe and Spain's State Secretariat for International Cooperation and Ibero-America.

Casa del Lector hosts EFE 75th anniversary exhibit

Madrid | EFE - Madrid's Casa del Lector cultural center is to host an exposition marking Agencia Efe's 75th anniversary. The exposition will open in May at the Casa del Lector (House of the Reader) exhibition hall under an agreement signed by Efe President Jose Antonio Vera and the head of the German Sanchez Ruiperez Foundation, Isabel de Andres. The event will run until January 2015. Vera thanked the foundation for its "altruistic assistance" in enabling Efe to organize a "grand exposition" that will include interactive, high-tech elements.

Casa del Lector hosts EFE 75th anniversary exhibit

Madrid | EFE - Madrid's Casa del Lector cultural center is to host an exposition marking Agencia Efe's 75th anniversary. The exposition will open in May at the Casa del Lector (House of the Reader) exhibition hall under an agreement signed by Efe President Jose Antonio Vera and the head of the German Sanchez Ruiperez Foundation, Isabel de Andres. The event will run until January 2015. Vera thanked the foundation for its "altruistic assistance" in enabling Efe to organize a "grand exposition" that will include interactive, high-tech elements.

Spanish sport still shines after failed Olympic bid, crown prince says

Madrid, Dec 18 (EFE).- Spain is adjusting to the "great unsatisfied dream" of not seeing Madrid's "extraordinary" bid for the 2020 Olympics come to fruition, but it is not flagging in its determination to take its athletic efforts to higher levels, Crown Prince Felipe said here Wednesday before IOC President Thomas Bach. Felipe presided over the 8th Annual Spanish Olympic Committee Gala.

Thousands march for public services in Spain's capital

Madrid, Dec 15 (EFE).- Several thousand people demonstrated Sunday in downtown Madrid in support of public healthcare, education and scientific research and against budgetary cutbacks and privatization of these services. Some 6,000 people, according to police estimates, and about 20,000, according to organizers, marched through central Madrid behind a huge sign that read "Without education there is no science, without science there is no healthcare."

Spain's slow recovery yet to be felt in austerity-worn capital

By Paul Day MADRID (Reuters) - Hundreds of street lamp and traffic light maintenance workers began an open-ended strike in Madrid on Thursday, the latest in a succession of public-sector worker walkouts to hit Spain's austerity-pinched capital city. After five years of on-off recession, Spain's economy is showing the first signs of recovery, mainly fuelled by an uptick in the country's exporters.

Agencia EFE honored for boosting global profile of Spanish firms

Madrid, Nov 27 (EFE).- Agencia EFE was recognized on Wednesday by the Spanish Exporters and Investors Club for its "special" contribution to the international expansion of Spain's companies. EFE President Jose Antonio Vera accepted the Internationalization Prize on behalf of Spain's international news agency. The agency is conscious that it has a "fundamental obligation" to provide "especially visible" coverage of Spanish firms' global activities, Vera said.

Madrid garbage strike to end after 12 days

By Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - A 12-day strike by street sweepers that left Madrid littered with garbage was set to end on Sunday after private maintenance companies cancelled plans to lay off a fifth of the Spanish capital's street cleaners. The cleaners walked off the job on November 5 after three companies with maintenance contracts with city hall sought to freeze salaries and lay off 1,134 out of 6,000 workers.

Garbage clogs Madrid streets as street sweepers strike

Rubbish piled up in the gutters of Madrid on Thursday as a strike by street-sweepers facing sackings and salary cuts began to leave its mark on the major tourist destination. Public bins overflowed with drinks cans and cigarette ends and central squares such as the Puerta del Sol were strewn with waste paper as the open-ended strike entered its third day. "This is shameful. This is Madrid, and it's full of rubbish!" said one local woman, Rosa Aguilar, 46, pointing at the mess on Plaza Jacinto Benavente. "This is no way to protest. It will get us nowhere," she said.
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