Spanish ‘ghost towns’ slowly come to life

Concrete skeletons still haunt Spain, ten years after the 2008 global economic crisis caused a decade-long housing boom to go bust, bankrupting developers and leaving unfinished housing projects dotted across the country. But buoyed by Spain’s economic recovery some of these “ciudades fantasma”, or “ghost towns”, are slowly coming to life, such as Valdeluz near Guadalajara, some 60 kilometres (40 miles) northeast of Madrid.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised the vessel to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to take in the migrants.

Boat carrying over 300 migrants rescued off Libya reaches Spain

Humanitarian aid ship Open Arms arrives in Spain with more than 300 migrants rescued off Libya. Madrid authorised it to sail to its waters after Italy and Malta refused to receive them. IMAGES

Catalan separatists block road as Spanish cabinet meets

Catalan pro-independence groups block roads to protest a planned cabinet meeting in Barcelona chaired by a Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez. The weekly cabinet meeting usually takes place in Madrid but Sanchez’s six-month-old Socialist government decided to hold it in the Catalan capital as part of its efforts to reduce tensions in Catalonia, which last year made a failed attempt to break away from Spain. IMAGES

People queue up for ‘El Gordo’ lottery tickets in Spain

People in Madrid are queuing up for a ticket two days before the ‘El Gordo’ Christmas lottery. This year the Christmas Lottery will spread 2.38 billions of euros in thousands of prizes. The first prize, called “El Gordo” awards 4 million euros to the winner.

Fans hold send-off for Boca Juniors before Libertadores final

Hundreds of Boca Juniors fans in Buenos Aires cheer for their players as they head to Madrid to play the second leg of the Copa Libertadores final against their archrival River Plate on Sunday

China signs bilateral agreements with Spain in Madrid

China signs bilateral agreements with Spain during a three day visit from Chinese President Xi Jinping on his way to a meeting of Group of 20 leaders in Argentina. China, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, is seeking to strengthen its ties with Spain and Portugal as other European Union members are trying to restrict Chinese investments. IMAGES of the signing

Spain’s Sanchez meets Chinese President Xi Jinping in Madrid

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez in Madrid. China, currently engaged in a trade war with the United States, is seeking to strengthen its ties with Spain and Portugal as other European Union members are trying to restrict Chinese investments. IMAGES

Xi Jinping meets Spanish King Felipe VI in Madrid

Chinese President Xi Jinping meets King Felipe VI of Spain in Madrid as part of his three-day state visit. During this state visit, the first by a Chinese president in 13 years, the two countries must sign at least 18 trade and cooperation agreements, including one opening up the Chinese market a little more to Spanish ham, which is very popular in China. IMAGES