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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: SPAIN FIFA ranking: 1 Overall World Cup record: 22-15-12 Coach: Vicente del Bosque Best performance: Fourth place, 1950 Overview: The world's top-ranked team in the latest FIFA rankings, La Roja will be carrying great expectations with it to South Africa. Spain has a mature, balanced roster led by captain Iker Casillas in goal and playmaking midfielder Xavi Hernandez, who keeps the team's fluid offense running. Strikers David Villa and Fernando Torres are among the world's best finishers.
April 25, 2014 | S. Irene Virbila
The drive through the Spanish Basque country to the acclaimed grill restaurant Asador Etxebarri swings through hillsides clad in infinite shades of green, up a narrow road to the village of Axpe and its minuscule square framed by a church, a school - and Etxebarri's stone-and-timber building. Kids chase balls. Old ladies share a bench. And on the far side, muscular bicyclists catch their breath after the ride up the mountain. For Americans, grilling is practically synonymous with char.
July 12, 2013
If you go THE BEST WAY TO VIGO, SPAIN From LAX, Iberia offers nonstop service to Madrid, and American, Air France, United, KLM, Delta, British, Lufthansa, US Airways and Air Canada offer connecting service (change of plane). Restricted round-trip fares range from $825 to $1,333, including taxes and fees. Iberia, Air France, American and British offer connecting service to Vigo's Peinador Airport. Restricted round-trip fares range from $825 to $1,308, including taxes and fees.
March 28, 2014 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- Marriage-minded gays and lesbians can begin tying the knot in Britain on Saturday, becoming the latest same-sex couples in Europe and beyond to have the right to do so and fulfilling a dream made possible by a Conservative-led government. A handful of town halls across the country prepared to open at the stroke of midnight to allow nuptials that jubilant supporters called long overdue and opponents deplored as an attack on traditional values. “It's a landmark,” said Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, who arranged for rainbow flags to fly over two government offices in London on Friday in celebration.
December 22, 2012
I recently returned from Spain after having walked about the last 100 miles of the Camino de Santiago with Fresco Tours. I have traveled with many fine tour groups, so I can say that Fresco Tours is one of the best. Led by owner/tour guide Alex Chang, we were guided on the beautiful walk while being wined, dined and lodged in restored private medieval homes and rectories. If you want to walk the Camino knowing where you will eat and sleep every night, with the benefits that an organized small-group tour has to offer, Fresco will not disappoint.
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.
January 17, 2010
Spain by train TELEPHONES To call these numbers from the U.S., dial 011 (international dialing code), 34 (Spain's country code) and the nine-digit number. IF YOU GO Fare for the Renfe high-speed AVE train from Barcelona to Madrid, and vice versa, is about $156, if purchased the day of travel. Tickets also can be found online for as little as $75. The Renfe website, /index.html , can be maddening, and you must use Internet Explorer and Windows for best results.
July 25, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - As the death toll rose to 78, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy announced two separate investigations Thursday into a spectacular train derailment in northwest Spain, one of the worst railway disasters in the country's history. “We have lived through a terrible accident ... which I fear will remain in our memory for a long time,” Rajoy said near the site of Wednesday's derailment. He added that Spain would observe three days of mourning. In addition to the 78 dead, a tally that authorities fear may climb higher, about 140 people were reported injured in the incident near the Christian pilgrimage town of Santiago de Compostela, in Spain's Galicia region.
March 3, 2011 | By Janet Mendel
There's an imaginary border that crosses through the South of France and northern Italy, angling through Greece and Turkey toward the Middle East. Call it the olive oil line -- to the north, the cuisines are flavored with butter and other oils; to the south, the warm Mediterranean flavors of olive oil predominate. Another culinary border follows it almost exactly: the Great Garbanzo Divide. Also known as the chickpea, the garbanzo is a round, golden legume known in the Old World eons before true beans found their way from the New World.
July 14, 2013
If You Go GETTING THERE From LAX to Barcelona, the nearest major international airport to Girona (about 60 miles away), connecting service (change of planes) is offered on KLM, Air France, British Air, Air Canada, United, Lufthansa, Alitalita, Delta, American, US Airways and Swiss. Restricted round-trip fares range from $845 to $1,353, including taxes and fees. BEST TIME TO GO You can bike year-round in Catalonia. The peak seasons are April to June and September to October.
March 27, 2014 | By Henry Chu and Batsheva Sobelman
TOLEDO, Spain - The Jews who flock to the two medieval synagogues in this walled city are tourists, not worshipers. No one of their faith has practiced it in the temples' exquisitely decorated precincts since 1492. That was the year King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, besides dispatching Christopher Columbus to look for a passage to India, decreed that the Jews of Spain had to either convert to Christianity or quit the country. Many fled - and were robbed, beaten or raped on the way out. Those who stayed faced possible torture and a gruesome death in the Spanish Inquisition.
March 22, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MARINALEDA, Spain - It was a sweltering summer day at the height of Spain's economic crisis when the longtime mayor of this hardscrabble village decided it was time to grab the nation's attention. Most other politicians were on vacation, which looked a bit decadent to many, considering that the unemployment rate in southern Spain's Andalusia region was pushing 40%, among the highest in the nation. So Mayor Juan Manuel Sanchez Gordillo of Marinaleda - population barely 2,700 - led his trade unionist friends on a march to a supermarket in a neighboring town.
March 14, 2014 | By Michael Hiltzik
Whatever you might say about Simon Schama, one of our most prominent and accomplished narrative historians, you can't say he's afraid to tackle broad and challenging subjects. "The Story of the Jews" is the first of a two-volume work aimed at covering 3 millenniums, from 1000 BCE to the present day, with the break coming at 1492 and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain by Ferdinand and Isabella. That's a lot of ground to cover, greater geographically if not in chronological terms than Schama's last multi-volume work, a three-tome "History of Britain" published in 2000-02 that reached all the way back to 3500 BC. Like that work, the scale of "The Story of the Jews" was dictated by the requirement of a television documentary series, scheduled to begin airing on PBS toward the end of this month.
March 9, 2014 | By Henry Chu
MADRID - Reminders of her son hang close to Pilar Manjon's heart. There's the necklace she wears with his name, Daniel, and the golden pendant bearing his first initial. A locket holds a tiny snapshot of his handsome face, smiling with the promise of a life that was abruptly cut short, along with scores of others, a decade ago in the deadliest Islamic terrorist attack on European soil. Daniel, 20, was heading into downtown Madrid the morning of March 11, 2004, when a series of bombs exploded within minutes aboard four packed commuter trains.
February 16, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- Two Basque separatists believed to be part of a terrorist cell that killed 18 people in several attacks in Spain were arrested Sunday in the Mexican resort city of Puerto Vallarta, a joint operation with Spanish and Mexican authorities, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.  Juan Jesus Narvaez Goñi and Itziar Alberdi Uranga are suspected of belonging to the separatist group Euskadi Ta Askatasuna, or ETA, and had been fugitives...
January 17, 2014 | By S. Irene Virbila
LA RIOJA, Spain  - "I'll only be a minute," says Juan Muga of Bodegas Muga as he heads off to a whitewashed building next to a vineyard. I walk along the vineyard, taking in the idyllic view of Tempranillo vines stretching across the Ebro river valley, framed by the Sierra Cantabria and Demanda mountain ranges in Spain. Just days before the harvest in October, blue skies, big vistas and bees, dive-bombing wildflowers between the vines. Smelling smoke, I turn to see that Muga, U.S. marketing director for his family's estate, has rolled out a grill and set grapevine cuttings alight.
June 7, 2012 | By Tiffany Hsu
Fitch Ratings cut Spain's long-term issuer rating three notches to BBB from A, putting it two levels above junk. The ratings agency also set a negative outlook for the struggling country, citing worries about contagion from Greece and doubts about the Spanish government's ability to take strong action to shore up its banks without international support, given its “high level of foreign indebtedness.” The banking sector could require 60...
November 12, 2013 | By Anne Harnagel
Great Value Vacations' “Madrid and Barcelona Experience” lets travelers tour two of Spain's most vibrant cities, filled with art and architecture. The trip begins in Madrid, with three nights at the Hotel Agumar, near the Prado and a number of other art museums. Then it's on to Barcelona by train and four nights at the Eurohotel Diagonal Port Barcelona, with views of the Mediterranean. Dates: Select dates in February and March, subject to availability. Price: From $1,683 per person, double occupancy.
January 16, 2014 | By Lauren Frayer
MADRID -- Lawmakers in the northeastern Spanish region of Catalonia voted Thursday to demand powers to hold a referendum on independence from Spain, ramping up their confrontation with a central government determined to avoid the breakup of the country. The vote was largely symbolic, because the Spanish government has repeatedly said that it considers any gesture toward Catalan secession -- even a referendum on the question -- to be unconstitutional and that it would block any such moves.
January 10, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
Think of a map of North America, and then turn it upside down so that Mexico and Texas are at the top and near the middle, and New England drips down like an appendage, nearly falling off the edge at the bottom. Felipe Fernández-Armesto has done something like that with North American history in his fascinating but problem-plagued new book "Our America: A Hispanic History of the United States. " He tells the history of the territory that is now known as the U.S.A. from the point of view of Spanish speakers, going back more than five centuries to the days of the conquistadors.
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