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Spain’s PP picks Casado to replace Rajoy as leader

Spain’s conservative Popular Party (PP) picks Pablo Casado, 37, to replace Mariano Rajoy after the former prime minister was ousted in a no confidence vote in June. IMAGES

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Spain drops international arrest warrants for Carles Puigdemont

A Spanish judge drops European and international arrest warrants for deposed Catalan president Carles Puigdemont and other separatist leaders who fled abroad, the Supreme Court says.

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Spain’s San Fermin bull running festival kicks off in Pamplona

One of Spain’s best-loved traditions, the San Fermin festival’s bull-running kicks off in Pamplona. IMAGES

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Spaniards divided over controversial Franco moment

Seventy years ago, prisoner Nicolas Sanchez-Albornoz fled from the building site of a sprawling monument that now houses the remains of Spain’s dictator Francisco Franco, in a daring escape later made into a film. Franco, who ruled Spain from 1939 to November 1975 when he died, is buried in the Valle de los Caidos just outside Madrid in an imposing basilica carved into a mountain-face, with a 150-metre (490-feet) high cross that can be seen kilometres away towering over it. A voiced version of an AFPTV report.

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‘Open Arms’ ship arrives in Barcelona with 60 migrants on board

The boat of the Spanish NGO ‘Proactiva Open Arms’, with 60 migrants on board rescued off the coast of Libya, arrives in the port of Barcelona, Spain after having been turned away by Italy. IMAGES

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Russia fans sing with joy, Spain fans accept defeat

Russia fans celebrate as they leave Luzhniki Stadium after seeing the host nation stun 2010 winners Spain in a penalty shootout to reach the World Cup quarter-finals.