Protests erupt after detention of Catalan independence activist charged with ‘terrorism’

Thousands of demonstrators thronged the streets of Spain to protest against the detention of a female Catalan independence activist on charges of “terrorism” and “rebellion.” Outraged by the arrests, thousands of people took to the streets of Barcelona, Tarragona, Girona and other smaller towns. It is believed that the detainee

China to make it rain over area 3 times the size of Spain

Since 2013 China has been creating 55 billion tons of artificial rain a year. The country is now embarking on its biggest rainmaking project ever. In terms of the plan, announced this month, Chinese authorities intend to force rainfall and snow over 1.6 million sq km (620,000 sq miles), an

Study finds conspiracy theories aren’t all spread by tinfoil-hat-wearing crazies

An exhaustive new study has shed light on how conspiracy theories spread online and who actually believes them. As conspiracy theories seem more widespread than ever, a team of Australian researchers tried to unravel why the often outlandish beliefs gain widespread appeal. The researchers forensically examined every entry on the

Ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont detained in Germany

Carles Puigdemont has been detained in Germany, according to the former Catalan president’s lawyer. An arrest warrant had been issued for Puigdemont in Finland after the former president visited the country for talks with lawmakers. He was returning to Belgium, where he lives in self-imposed exile, when he was detained

Spanish job applicant told women can’t ‘handle the pace’ of top PR role

ASpanish PR firm has drawn outrage for allegedly rejecting a female applicant on the basis that the role “needed a man who could handle the pace” of working with large companies. Carla Forcada, a 25-year-old PR executive from Barcelona, applied for the post of account executive with Impulsa Comunicación and

IN PICS: Snow and ice turns Spain into winter wonderland

A cold front bringing snow and ice across much of northern, central and even southern Spain has led to the closure of dozens of roads and weather warnings across 34 provinces. Madrid’s Adolfo Suarez Barajas airport closed two of its four runways on Monday afternoon because of snow and ice

IN PICS: Mysterious glow lights up Spain’s highest mountain

A photographer has captured stunning images of Tenerife’s Tiede volcano dusted with snow and lit by a celestial light. The phenomenon known as zodiacal light appears as a pyramid-shaped glow that is best viewed around an hour after sunset and is visible to lucky stargazers in Tenerife for the next

Spain launches new ‘low-cost’ high speed train between Madrid and Barcelona

The joys of speeding across Spain’s vast countryside in a bullet train will soon become a more affordable pleasure with the announcement that RENFE are developing a low-cost alternative. Íñigo de la Serna, Spain’s minister of Publics Works unveiled plans to launch a new service in 2018, that will initially

How the Spanish flu wasn’t actually Spain’s fault at all

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the great influenza pandemic of 1918. Between 50 and 100 million people are thought to have died, representing as much as 5 percent of the world’s population. Half a billion people were infected. By Richard Gunderman, Indiana University Especially remarkable was the 1918 flu’s predilection

Two rediscovered Dalí paintings up for sale for first time

Two rediscovered masterpieces by Salvador Dalí will go under the hammer for the first time later this month. Both works were sold directly to an Argentine noblewoman, the Countess de Cuevas de Vera by the artist in the 1930s and have remained in the family’s private collection ever since. But