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REVEALED: ‘Child therapist’ tracked down by Olive Press was Maddie McCann suspect’s ‘partner in crime’ in Portugal as more details unearthed

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In an explosive documentary on Portugal’s national RTP TV station, the attractive German from Wurzburg, has been accused of pinpointing ‘good properties to rob’ for the pair

EXCLUSIVE: Footage of property where paedophile and suspect Christian Brueckner lived in the months after Madeleine McCann disappeared from Portugal

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The extensive property sits in the sleepy village of Foral, around 50 minutes drive inland from Praia de Luz, where three-year-old Maddie vanished in 2007

COVID-19 GUIDE: What self-employed expats in Spain’s different regions need to know about being autonomo during coronavirus crisis

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Spain’s 3.2 million self-employed workers still had to pay their €283 social security contributions at the beginning of April

MUST READ: Government to extend Spain’s state of alarm by 15 days more

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The government has announced that it will extend the state of alarm by 15 more days until April 12

BREAKING: lethal Chinese Coronavirus fear as suspected case in Andalucia, southern Spain

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Spain on alert as Chinese tourist put into quarantine in Granada with feared Coronavirus

EXCLUSIVE: Hero who chased and tackled ‘killer’ at club stabbing on Spain’s Costa del Sol is Gibraltar Chief Minister’s security guard and ex-soldier

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“It was really violent and there was literally a river of blood as his attacker must have hit an artery”

Sea police injured during clash with hashish smugglers in Gibraltar waters

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TWO Royal Gibraltar Police officers have been hurt after objects were thrown at their faces from a boat believed to be carrying cannabis resin.

EXCLUSIVE: Interview with two top authors ahead of Gibraltar International Literary Festival this month

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Find out how to tell stories and why literature is breaking down the boundaries created by racism

CAUGHT: Brit who stole €1.5million at gunpoint cornered in Tarifa after two years on the run

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Interpol wanted fugitive arrested by Policia Nacional getting off a ferry from Morocco from Gibraltar's highest valued armed robbery

ELECTION 2019: Party campaigns gets into full swing with GSLP/Liberals on the front foot

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The Olive Press gives you a rundown of the election goings-on in the run-up to October 17

ELECTION 2019: Neil Costa announces he will not stand for the Liberal party in October 17 elections

One of the most progressive ministers will be spending more time with his family as he returns to law.

BREAKING: Surprise Gibraltar elections called for October 17 by Chief Minister Fabian Picardo

Together Gibraltar told us they are 'ready' for the upcoming elections in another exclusive.

12 things no one warned you about living on Spain’s Costa del Sol (UPDATED)

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There are a few things that you will have to 'adjust' to

Everyone loves Spain’s Marbella: from cavemen and Romans to Grace Kelly and Gemma Collins

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MARBELLA has earned the reputation of being a playground for the rich and famous for over half a century. Photos of the glamorous beach destination fill glossy travel magazines around the world and it’s easily the most aspirational place to live and visit in Europe, bar perhaps San Tropez or Ibiza. An exclusive enclave, it has long attracted celebrity visitors such...

Tourist boom for rural Spain

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By Livia Cockerell MORE people are turning away from city breaks in favour of opting for a rural getaway in Spain.  According to Andalucia travel agency Ruralholidays.com, there has been a significant increase in the demand for houses outside of the cities in Andalucia. Already, 81% of Ruralholidays’ accommodation is booked up for July and 85% for August. Malaga is the most...

TOUGH TEST: Taxi industry slams the exam for lack of cabs in Mallorca

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TAXI industry professionals have said an exam for prospective drivers is too hard to pass. And the Mallorca’s taxi driver association says this is one of the main reasons why it is taking so long to hail a cab on the island. The association’s president Biel Moragues said ‘it makes no sense that we need more taxis and yet there are...

Man in Spain’s Sevilla arrested for making opium-based cocktail

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A 20-YEAR-OLD man in Sevilla has been arrested for making a narcotic cocktail. His cocktail of choice, known as a ‘purple drank’ is a cocktail first popularised in 1960s Texas. The accused falsified medical prescriptions in order to obtain cough syrup - containing codeine, an alkaloid of opium - which is an essential ingredient of the ‘purple drank’.  This is then mixed...

4 bedroom Penthouse for sale in Nuestra Senora de Jesus – € 630,000

4 bedroom Penthouse for sale in Nuestra Senora de Jesus - € 630
PenthouseNuestra Señora de Jesus, Ibiza   4 beds   2 baths € 630,000 Spacious bright 145 m2 penthouse located in the heart of the small town of Jesús a few minutes from Ibiza town, the Roca Llisa golf course and the friendly Talamanca beach. Fantastic open views of the surroundings and Dalt Vila. Large vestibule, living / dining room...

Watch out, the inspectors are about on Spain’s Mallorca

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By Livia Cockerell UNCARING bosses better watch out - 80 employment inspectors will be posted in Mallorca to monitor working conditions this summer. During high season, employment breaches, particularly concerning temporary workers, are not uncommon. President of Mallorca  Francina Armengol and employment minister Iago Negueruela have reinforced the Inspection Plan following two years in which it has not been largely enforced. The...

Marbella: golden childhood memories of eating and drinking and mega yachts

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All his family holidays were spent in Marbella. Jorge Hinojosa takes us on a trip down memory lane – with plenty of stops for food and drink along the way MARBELLA has always been like a second home to me. My family visits every August to escape the heat of Madrid and have done so since the 1980s, when my dad...

French low-cost high-speed Ouigo train service expected to operate in Spain’s Andalucia end of 2023

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FRENCH budget train-service Ouigo hopes to bring its high-speed trains to Andalucia by the end of 2023. According to Federico Pareja, the industrial and advertising director of Ouigo Spain, the firm expects to function its high-speed connection between Andalucia and Madrid by the end of 2023, with stops in Sevilla, Malaga, and Cordoba. Speaking at a press convention in Valencia, this...

Granada’s Alhambra Palace is boring, Sevilla’s Giralda is pointless and the Caminito del Rey isn’t dangerous enough… It must be true, we read it on TripAdvisor.

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From the confused to the disillusioned to the just plain bored, check out our ‘dirty dozen’ of the daftest TripAdvisor reviews given to some of Andalucia’s most noted tourist attractions

1,000 litres of breast milk donated in Spain’s Murcia

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BY Livia Cockerell Since the Murcian Health Service initiated a breast milk donation service back in March 2021, around 1,000 litres of milk has been donated to 160 babies in the region. If a baby is premature, complications with the mother can sometimes mean that she is unable to provide breast milk immediately to the child.  However, it is essential for ensuring...

Stubbed: Spain’s Benalmadena to get smoke-free zones throughout town

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BENALMADENA is to set up new smoke-free zones, the town hall has confirmed. A motion was tabled earlier this week proposing the creation of smoke-free places which could see smoking banned in places frequented by minors, such as parks, playgrounds, plazas and green areas. The idea comes from a popular initiative by the Spanish Association Against Cancer (AECC). The motion was unanimously...

Malaga town hall rejects tax for overnight tourists

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BY Livia Cockerell MALAGA town hall has rejected proposals for a tourist tax in the city. Podemos, who fronted the plans, claimed a tax on tourists would generate up to €10 million from tourists staying overnight. The party claimed taxing each tourist €1.50 per night would generate €7.5 million per year. Regions such as Catalonia, the Balearic Islands and Valencia already impose a...

Man arrested for US-Spain basketball team scam?

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A MALAGA man has been arrested for a scam involving the Spanish and US basketball federations in which he pocketed $143,400. The 63-year-old man was arrested for a scheme in which he stole the sum of money Spain was to receive for a match played against the US.  Investigations began in November of last year when the Spanish Basketball Federation (FEB)...

STAY OUT!: Ibiza may limit cars and tourists entering the islands

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ENVIRONMENTALISTS want to cap the number of cars and tourists allowed onto Ibiza. Proposals have been put forward to put in restrictions, particularly during the summer high season when tourists flock to Ibiza for its legendary parties and beaches.  President of environmental pressure group GEN-Gob Juan Carles Palerm, acknowledged that for the initiative to work improvements would have to be made...

2 bedroom Apartment for sale in La Veleta – € 145,000

2 bedroom Apartment for sale in La Veleta - € 145
ApartmentLa Veleta, Alicante   2 beds   1 baths € 145,000 Ground floor apartment for sale at La Veleta - Torrevieja. This cozy apartment is distributed of living-room, separate kitchen, 2 bedrooms with fitted wardrobes and a South facing terrace of 40 sq m. It has been renovated recently and it is sold fully furnished and equipped, with air...

Spain’s Andalucia sees big tourism boost

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THE number of tourists visiting Andalucia has risen by 142% in May compared to this time last year. May saw 426,980 visitors flock to Andalucia, one of Spain’s most popular tourist areas.  Not only have numbers increased, but the type of tourism has also diversified.  The number of tourists who opted to stay in accommodation other than a hotel grew by 148%...

James Brown’s official vocalist to perform in Spain’s Torremolinos

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'FUNKY Townrremolinos' is coming to town with a free of charge music event to be held on July 8 at the Torremolinos Bullring. The event will start at 9 pm and will bring together artists of the international stature of Martha High, the ‘official backing vocalist of James Brown’ The funky diva of the ‘golden era’ of the late 1960's to...

Meet the woman behind a hospice charity supporting terminally ill expats on Spain’s Costa Blanca

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Jennifer Cunningham reveals why La Marina proved the ideal place to expand her business and launch a charity to provide hospice care within the expat community.

A Covid cold front: Gibraltar health boss warns of unexpected winter coronavirus consequences

A judge has ordered the Valencian Ministry of Health to compensate 150 Alicante health workers who did not have any proper PPE equipment in the early phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Alicante court says doctors, nurses, and health support staff are entitled to compensation amounts varying between €5,000 and €49,180 for 'personal and moral damages'. There has been no comment from the Valencian government or Health Ministry. It's presumed that an appeal will be launched against the ruling. The lawsuit was filed against the regional Health Ministry by the Sindicato Medico(Medical Union). It claimed compensation on behalf of 150 Alicante area members for the 'non-compliance' of the Ministry for not providing safety protection between March and May 2020. The Alicante court ruling obliges each worker to get €5,000 if 'they were forced to work without adequate protection elements'. The payout is €15,000 for 'each workers who had to go into isolation if they were in contact with anybody infected with COVID-19'. A €35,000 payment is ordered for any worker 'infected with COVID-19 but who did not require hospital admission'. Any health worker who did catch the coronavirus and was hospitalised will get the highest amount of €49,180. The Sindicato Medico says that it is pleased by the recognition the court has given its members and pointing out the 'negligent attitude towards health and safety' of health workers. Similar claims have been filed in other courts in the Valencian Community.
By Livia Cockerell DIRECTOR of Public Health Dr Helen Carter has warned that Covid could have unexpected consequences this winter. The pandemic seems to have impacted the patterns of other diseases, for example, Gibraltar is still recording cases of flu although flu-season normally ends by March or April. “We´re not sure why this is happening but, typically, we end up with more...

Vox wants casual sex crackown in Spain

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BY Livia Cockerell CASUAL sex and the ‘hypersexualisation’ of society is to blame for the the countries low birthrate, so says Juan Garcia-Gallardo, Vox’s deputy president of Castilla and Leon. According to Garcia, Spain is in the midst of a ‘demographic winter’ and has ‘forgotten that the main purpose of sex is procreation’. The 31-year-old claimed that adults are acting like teenagers...

Spanish ‘dog vampire’s’ animal blood empire in Madrid shut down by police

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AUTHORITIES have dismantled the lucrative business of the Spanish dog vampire - a man who kept roughly 500 corpses of cats and dogs whose blood he drained to sell.  Luis Miguel VF has been uncovered after almost 20 years of running an illegal animal blood bank with no license.  Suspicions were raised when the local incinerator in the Toledo town of...

Aguilera tops the bill: It’s party season on Mallorca and this week it was the turn of music stars to descend on the island

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MALLORCA has been treated to a musical extravaganza. Christina Aguilera brought a sprinkling of stardust to the Baleares, with the Staten Island, New York, born superstar playing her first Spanish gig since 2003 when she played Barcelona. The singer began her performance with the song hit Dirrty, which was followed by Can't Hold Us Down and Bionic. Her performance was eagerly awaited,...

Revamp for castle in Spain’s Marbella

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MARBELLA castle is to be restored to the tune of half a million euros, Marbella council has announced.  The building is classified as a place of cultural interest, and is the largest castle in the municipality, nestled in the city's old town. The work will repair and fortify the eastern and northern side of the monument and is expected to take...

Families of NATO leaders enjoy final day in Madrid 

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THE spouses of NATO leaders enjoyed an olive oil tasting session hosted by Queen Letizia of Spain on their last day in Madrid.  The Queen’s international guests were also treated to a talk on the Mediterranean diet at the event held at Madrid’s Royal Theatre. The olive oil sampling took place on Thursday, June 30, the last day of the NATO...

UNESCO calls on Baleares towns to get ready for a tsunami, with claim that Mediterranean is 100% certain to suffer one in next 30 years

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SEASIDE town halls are being urged by UNESCO to put emergency plans in place against a possible tsunami. A new study by the United Nations body claims the probability of a tsunami bigger than one metre on the Mediterranean coastline is 100% over the next 30 years. It is most likely to be caused by an offshore earthquake or an undersea...

Gang in Spain arrested for carbon-tax fraud scheme

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SPANISH authorities have broken up a sophisticated organised crime ring involved in a carbon tax fraud scheme. According to police, the cabal avoided paying carbon taxes on various goods throughout Spain. The group illegally transported millions of euros worth of refrigerated greenhouse gases from China to the Spanish port of Valencia. The gang claimed to be sending to non-EU destinations which would...

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