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December 1, 1999 | CHARLES PERRY
The mayor of Porrino, a small town in northwest Spain, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fattest mayor, the Spanish daily El Pais reports. "I did nothing to deserve this except eat nonstop," said Jose Manuel Barros, who weighed in at 179 kilograms (394 pounds) and has a particular penchant for tripe.
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April 22, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The author and journalist Elena Poniatowska, who gained fame in Mexico for her chronicles of social injustice and government repression, is this year's winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language. Poniatowska, 82, has penned more than three dozen books, including several novels, children's books, essay collections, and works of nonfiction, including “La Noche de Tlatelolco,” (“The Night of Tlatelolco”) a groundbreaking oral history of the 1968 army massacre of student protesters in Mexico City.
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BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's not every day you stumble upon the ruins of a 15th century hospital, but that's exactly what happened to Apple in Spain, where it is building a store. Apple's basement construction of a new store in Madrid has reportedly unearthed the outer wall of a hospital built to treat plague victims more than half a millennium ago, according to El Pais .  The Buen Suceso hospital and a church of the same name were demolished in 1854 to make room for Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, but parts of both buildings remained.
WORLD
February 22, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY -- From his naming on the Forbes magazine list of the world's richest billionaires, to his frequent supposed sightings and magical escapes, Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman has been a larger-than-life drug lord who reached mythical proportions in Mexican “narco” folklore. He rose from a simple low-level trafficker from Sinaloa, the cradle of Mexico's opium and marijuana trade, to become the nation's most powerful and elusive fugitive. For Mexicans, the capture of Guzman, reported Saturday to have occurred in a joint operation by Mexican marines and U.S. federal agents in the Sinaloan coastal city of Mazatlan, is somewhat akin to Colombia's killing of Pablo Escobar -- or even the U.S. elimination of Osama bin Laden.
WORLD
February 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a "climate of change" under his brother's rule. The releases were negotiated by Spain and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on its website that four of the released dissidents will be sent to Spain with their families to receive medical treatment. They are Omar Pernet, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Pablo Alvarez.
NEWS
May 19, 1986
Libya's chief diplomatic representative in Madrid organized and financed an anti-Zionist terror group identified as "The Call of Jesus Christ" that planned attacks against Jewish and U.S. interests in Spain and Portugal, the daily El Pais reported. It said the allegations against Ahmed Mohammed Nakaa, Libyan charge d'affaires, were made by Faisal Hanna Joudi, a member of the group arrested this month with nine others. Nakaa denied the charges, claiming that the United States was behind them.
WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Jobless claims in Spain dipped by a meager 2,475 in November, but the drop marked the first time in at least 16 years that unemployment eased during the dire months that follow the summer tourist season. The Labor Ministry employment report for November was the latest indication that Spain has halted its economic tailspin, although the country still faces a staggering 26% jobless rate and barely perceptible economic growth. The country is heading in the right direction after nine straight quarters of economic contraction but has " a long way to go " to recovery, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told El Pais.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 22, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
The author and journalist Elena Poniatowska, who gained fame in Mexico for her chronicles of social injustice and government repression, is this year's winner of the Miguel de Cervantes Prize, the most prestigious literary prize in the Spanish language. Poniatowska, 82, has penned more than three dozen books, including several novels, children's books, essay collections, and works of nonfiction, including “La Noche de Tlatelolco,” (“The Night of Tlatelolco”) a groundbreaking oral history of the 1968 army massacre of student protesters in Mexico City.
NEWS
November 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
He became Western Europe's longest reigning dictator this century, ruling Spain with an iron fist after unleashing one of the continent's bitterest civil wars. Twenty-five years after Gen. Francisco Franco's death, the small size of the gatherings at memorial ceremonies in and around Madrid this weekend was further testimony that the vast majority of Spaniards have no desire to cherish his memory.
OPINION
January 6, 1985 | Stanley Meisler, Stanley Meisler, The Times' correspondent in Paris, has been on assignment in Spain.
Ten years ago, the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party, which was outlawed in Spain, met in a suburb of Paris and elected a 32-year-old labor lawyer with the code name "Isidro" as its new leader. No national Spanish newspaper carried a line about the event. Even if the Spanish press thought the election of a new leader by an illegal party with uncertain prospects was newsworthy, all feared the wrath of the Fascist government of Gen. Francisco Franco.
WORLD
December 3, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Jobless claims in Spain dipped by a meager 2,475 in November, but the drop marked the first time in at least 16 years that unemployment eased during the dire months that follow the summer tourist season. The Labor Ministry employment report for November was the latest indication that Spain has halted its economic tailspin, although the country still faces a staggering 26% jobless rate and barely perceptible economic growth. The country is heading in the right direction after nine straight quarters of economic contraction but has " a long way to go " to recovery, Economy Minister Luis de Guindos told El Pais.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The horrific train derailment in northwest Spain that killed at least 80 people was captured in chilling detail on security camera footage. The video, which was circulating widely Thursday, shows the train careening off the tracks as it rounded a bend, and then crashing into a security wall. Investigators are looking at speed as a possible reason for the derailment. Investigators told Spain's El Pais newspaper that the driver reported the train was traveling at nearly 120 miles per hour when it entered the bend on Wednesday.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday refused to bow  to opposition demands that he resign, even as his party's former treasurer testified in court that Rajoy had accepted bribes for years. Luis Barcenas, the disgraced former money man for Spain's ruling conservatives, told a Madrid judge that he personally gave illegal cash payments to Rajoy and the Popular Party's secretary-general, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, according to Spanish news reports.  He said the money came from a slush fund the party secretly maintained for more than two decades, funneling bribes from construction companies and other donors to top politicians.
BUSINESS
July 11, 2013 | By Salvador Rodriguez
It's not every day you stumble upon the ruins of a 15th century hospital, but that's exactly what happened to Apple in Spain, where it is building a store. Apple's basement construction of a new store in Madrid has reportedly unearthed the outer wall of a hospital built to treat plague victims more than half a millennium ago, according to El Pais .  The Buen Suceso hospital and a church of the same name were demolished in 1854 to make room for Madrid's Puerta del Sol square, but parts of both buildings remained.
WORLD
February 16, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Cuba will free seven of 59 dissidents imprisoned since 2003, a move that opponents of ailing Cuban leader Fidel Castro said reflects a "climate of change" under his brother's rule. The releases were negotiated by Spain and announced by Spanish Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos. The Spanish newspaper El Pais reported on its website that four of the released dissidents will be sent to Spain with their families to receive medical treatment. They are Omar Pernet, Jose Gabriel Ramon Castillo, Alejandro Gonzalez and Pedro Pablo Alvarez.
NEWS
November 20, 2000 | From Associated Press
He became Western Europe's longest reigning dictator this century, ruling Spain with an iron fist after unleashing one of the continent's bitterest civil wars. Twenty-five years after Gen. Francisco Franco's death, the small size of the gatherings at memorial ceremonies in and around Madrid this weekend was further testimony that the vast majority of Spaniards have no desire to cherish his memory.
WORLD
July 25, 2013 | By Alexandra Zavis
The horrific train derailment in northwest Spain that killed at least 80 people was captured in chilling detail on security camera footage. The video, which was circulating widely Thursday, shows the train careening off the tracks as it rounded a bend, and then crashing into a security wall. Investigators are looking at speed as a possible reason for the derailment. Investigators told Spain's El Pais newspaper that the driver reported the train was traveling at nearly 120 miles per hour when it entered the bend on Wednesday.
WORLD
July 15, 2013 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Monday refused to bow  to opposition demands that he resign, even as his party's former treasurer testified in court that Rajoy had accepted bribes for years. Luis Barcenas, the disgraced former money man for Spain's ruling conservatives, told a Madrid judge that he personally gave illegal cash payments to Rajoy and the Popular Party's secretary-general, Maria Dolores de Cospedal, according to Spanish news reports.  He said the money came from a slush fund the party secretly maintained for more than two decades, funneling bribes from construction companies and other donors to top politicians.
FOOD
December 1, 1999 | CHARLES PERRY
The mayor of Porrino, a small town in northwest Spain, has entered the Guinness Book of World Records as the world's fattest mayor, the Spanish daily El Pais reports. "I did nothing to deserve this except eat nonstop," said Jose Manuel Barros, who weighed in at 179 kilograms (394 pounds) and has a particular penchant for tripe.
NEWS
May 19, 1986
Libya's chief diplomatic representative in Madrid organized and financed an anti-Zionist terror group identified as "The Call of Jesus Christ" that planned attacks against Jewish and U.S. interests in Spain and Portugal, the daily El Pais reported. It said the allegations against Ahmed Mohammed Nakaa, Libyan charge d'affaires, were made by Faisal Hanna Joudi, a member of the group arrested this month with nine others. Nakaa denied the charges, claiming that the United States was behind them.
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