Spanish village purifies horses with fire in age-old ritual | AFP

The Spanish village of San Bartolome de Pinares holds its Luminarias festival, in which riders and horses burst through flames in an annual celebration thought to protect the animals from diseases and give their riders fertility. However, there are no written records of the origins of the festival and villagers have simply faithfully replicated the same annual routine for centuries.

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Spanish ministers arrive to attend first cabinet meeting | AFP

Spanish ministers arrive at the Moncloa Palace to attend the first cabinet meeting of the new coalition government. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s new government takes office facing the challenge of finding a solution to the Catalan crisis after controversially agreeing to start talks with the separatists. IMAGES

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Spain’s Sanchez makes Catalan dialogue top priority | AFP

Spain’s Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez, seeking a leftist political alliance to resume office as prime minister, makes dialogue in restive Catalonia an “absolute priority” as he addresses the Spanish congress. Having failed to land a majority in November’s repeat general election although his Socialists won the most seats, Sanchez faces opposition from right-wing parties ready to call out any sign of a willingness to “sell out” Spain to Catalan separatists.

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Talavera pottery, a Mexican and Spanish pottery tradition, listed by UNESCO | AFP

Talavera pottery, a five-centuries-old pottery tradition from Spain that later arrived in Mexico, where it acquired its own identity, has been inscribed on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.

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Havana at 500: a city through the eyes of four ‘habaneros’

Half a millennium since its founding by Spanish colonists, the Cuban capital Havana has become a byword for Latin American romance and revolutionary nostalgia.

As the city celebrate its 500th anniversary, AFP interviewed four Havana residents, whose lives reflect its history and its recent changes.

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Rosalia’s secret to success: hard work and sacrifice

On the red carpet, Spanish star Rosalia reflects on her years of sacrifice before winning big at the Latin Grammys in Las Vegas. (Nov. 15)

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Spanish royals visit Havana for 500th anniversary celebrations | AFP

Spain’s King Felipe VI begins an unprecedented visit to Cuba to celebrate the 500th anniversary of the capital Havana at a time of increased tensions between the island nation and the United States. IMAGES

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Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez casts his vote | AFP

A former basketball player once dubbed “Mr Handsome” for his boyish good looks, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez is a political survivor whose rollercoaster career has played out to the backdrop of chronic instability. He casts his vote as polls open. IMAGES

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On This Day: 8 November 2012

Spanish star Javier Bardem received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. (Nov. 8)

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Catalonia: Pro-independence protest in front of Spanish government delegation in Barcelona | AFP

Dozens of pro-independence protesters gather in front of the Spanish government delegation in Barcelona as Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez and the opposition leader visit Barcelona to meet police struggling with Catalan separatist violence. Nearly 600 people have been injured in clashes with police in protests every day since they erupted in the region after Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine Catalan separatist leaders to up to 13 years in jail for sedition over a failed 2017 independence bid.

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Spanish falcons feed Arab passion for raptor hunting | AFP

For centuries, the art of falconry has been a prestigious tradition within Arab society. Today most of these formidable predators come from Spain, which has become the world’s top exporter.

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