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Spanish mayor scraps protest-hit street works

The mayor of Spain's northern city of Burgos on Friday scrapped a costly street redevelopment that sparked a week of spreading protests and scattered violence. "It is physically impossible to carry out this reform and we have decided to halt the works indefinitely in favour of harmony in the city," Mayor Javier Lacalle told a news conference. Thousands of protesters around the country turned out in sympathy with the demonstrators in Burgos, many of them denouncing corruption and Spain's 26-percent unemployment rate.

Thousands protest Spanish town's street revamp plans

Police clashed with demonstrators in Madrid Wednesday as thousands of people marched across austerity-hit Spain to protest against costly plans to redevelop a street in the northern city of Burgos. Several thousand people turned out for the sixth day running to demand the authorities definitively pull the plug on the revamp, which has a price tag of eight million euros ($11 million) and will reduce free parking spaces. The nightly protests began on January 10 and have spread from Burgos, to Madrid and to the town of Valladolid.

Spanish court sentences corruption ringleader to 11 years

Malaga, Spain, Oct 4 (EFE).- The reputed mastermind of the biggest municipal corruption scheme in Spanish history was sentenced Friday to 11 years in prison and ordered to pay a fine of 240 million euros ($325 million). Juan Antonio Roca, former urban planner for the Mediterranean resort city of Marbella, was found guilty of money laundering, fraud and accepting bribes. He is one of 53 people convicted in connection with a real estate corruption scandal that came to light in 2005.

Spain sentences 50 in huge property corruption scandal

A Spanish court Friday handed down jail sentences and large fines to some 50 city officials and business executives over a vast system of property-related corruption in the glitzy southern beach resort of Marbella. The scandal, which broke in March 2006, two years before the catastrophic collapse of the Spanish property bubble, led to the unprecedented dissolution of the city council.

Spanish court convicts 53 people in country's biggest-ever corruption trial

MADRID - A Spanish court convicted 53 people Friday in the country's biggest-ever corruption trial, which lasted two years and centred on widespread real estate fraud and bribery in the southern jet-set resort town of Marbella. The defendants in the trial, which ended last year, included former town hall officials, lawyers and business representatives. The judge took several months to decide on the sentences — 40 other people were acquitted and two accused died while the case was being prepared.

Spain detains three Britons for selling laughing gas

Spanish police have detained three Britons for distributing nitrous oxide, or laughing gas, at a bar in the upmarket tourist resort of Marbella on the Costa del Sol, the interior ministry said Monday. The manager of the bar and two female bartenders sold balloons filled with nitrous oxide, which induces euphoria and laughter when inhaled, for five euros ($6.50) a dose, it said in a statement.

Elena Ibarbia is the new Miss World Spain

Puerto de la Cruz, Spain, Jun 30 (EFE).- Elena Ibarbia won the 2013 Miss World Spain title in Tenerife, Canary Islands, and will represent Spain at the Miss World pageant in Asia in September. The 18-year-old beauty, who was born in Spain's northern Basque region, told Efe at the end of the contest in the city of Puerto de la Cruz that taking the title was more than a win and represented the renewal of her commitment to a social assistance program she was involved with.

New exhibition seeks to show the range of Dali

Madrid, Apr 22 (EFE).- The museums with the three largest collections of the work of Salvador Dali are joining together to put on an exhibition in Madrid that shows the range of the Spanish artist. The exhibition, "Dali. Todas las sugestiones poeticas y todas las posibilidades plasticas" (Dali. All the Poetic Suggestions and All the Plastic Possibilities), will run from April 27 to Sept. 2 at the Museo Reina Sofia in the Spanish capital.

Give location of soldiers named in Edita Burgos’ evidence, SC told military

The Supreme Court directed Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) Chief of Staff General Emmanuel Bautista to disclose to the court the location of the soldiers involved in the abduction of activists Jonas Burgos, based on the new evidence submitted by his mother, Edita.“The Court directed the incumbent Chief of Staff, Armed Forces of the Philippines Lieutenant General Emmanuel T.

Spain freezes properties of late Atletico Madrid boss

A Spanish judge has frozen more than 100 properties left by the late Atletico Madrid boss Jesus Gil y Gil to his children so as to ensure the repayment of millions that went missing when he was mayor of Marbella, a city hall spokesman said Friday. As heirs of the former football boss and Marbella mayor, who died in 2004, the four children were ordered by a court in 2011 to compensate the city for illicit transfers of public money by their father between 1994 and 1999.
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