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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

Barack Obama to visit Spain’s Malaga as keynote speaker of Digital Enterprise Show

Barack Obama to visit Spain’s Malaga as keynote speaker of Digital Enterprise Show
THE 44th President of the United States will participate in the Digital Enterprise Show 2022 (DES 2022) to be held in Malaga from June 14-16. The former President of the United States will hold a question and answer session at the sixth edition of this international forum on innovation and digital transformation. DES 2022 is the technological event that will bring together more...

Injured and disorientated beaked whale rescued from beach in Spain’s Granada

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THE Maritime Service of the Civil Guard has rescued, with the help of several local divers, a 4-metre-long beaked whale, which has the appearance of a large dolphin, that was disoriented and in dire straits a few metres from the shore of the beach of Torrenueva Costa, in Granada. The incident took place last Tuesday, May 17, when, at around...

The Olive Press: How the world’s media follows up on our exclusive stories

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IT was a full 12 hours before the world’s media caught up with our exclusive that police had found traces of missing toddler Madeleine McCann in Portugal. Revealed by an Olive Press source, we ran it having checked first with the German prosecutor leading an investigation against prime suspect Christian Brueckner. Not only the Mail, Sun and Mirror followed it up...

Spain investigates 23 cases of suspected monkeypox with seven confirmed

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SPAIN’S health services are investigating 23 potential cases of the rare monkeypox infection after an initial seven cases were confirmed in Madrid. A statement by Madrid Health Authorities said of the seven confirmed, all were in men and the virus had likely been transmitted through sexual activity. “In general, its transmission is via respiratory drops but the characteristics of the 22...

‘Phishing’ gang steal at least €443,600 from hacked online bank accounts in Spain

Nationwide bank 'phishing' gang steal at least €443,600 from hacked online accounts in Spain
A bank 'phishing' con netted a nationwide gang at least €443,600 from 146 victims. The Policia Nacional have arrested 13 people across Spain and are probing another seven suspects over the scan. Arrests were made in A Coruña, Cordoba (5), Huelva, Madrid (2), Malaga, Murcia, Palma de Mallorca and Terrassa in Barcelona Province. Victims were fooled into providing their online banking login...

Spain sizzles as mercury soars to 40ºC in unseasonably early ‘heatwave’ 

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SPAIN'S Met Office has issued alerts for high temperatures across much of Spain and warned of extreme risk of wildfires as the nation sizzles. Aemet has warned of the ‘exceptionally high temperatures for the time of year’ and issued amber alerts across much of the peninsula, The state weather agency also called for caution and advised members of the public to...

Man tries to strangle health centre receptionist in Valencia area of Spain

Man Tries To Strangle Health Centre Receptionist In Valencia Area Of Spain
TWO Gandia health centre receptionists were attacked by a man who walked in and started to insult them. The man appeared at the Beniopa centre in the Valencia Province city at around 11.00 am on Thursday. The visitor started arguing with the two women before threatening them verbally. His words escalated into physical violence. He grabbed one of the receptionists by the neck...

Tips for taking dog friendly holidays in Spain

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SEMANA Santa is upon us and summer holidays are just round the corner, times when many are planning a getaway to explore the delights of Spain – whether it’s beaches, mountains, culture, or gastronomy.  But what’s on offer for those who don’t want to leave Fido at home? The Olive Press looks at holiday options where dogs are welcome, along with...

Spain’s disgraced former King Juan Carlos returns to Spain after two-year exile

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SPAIN’S former monarch, King Juan Carlos will land in Spain on Thursday in his first visit since he moved to Abu Dhabi in self-imposed exile following a series of scandals. The 84-year-old former head of state is expected to fly into in the city of Vigo on Spain's northwest region of Galicia on Thursday evening. He will then travel to nearby...

Opinion poll reveals revitalised Partido Popular could form new government in Spain after December’s general election

Opinion poll reveals revitalised Partido Popular under new leader Feijoo could form new Spanish government after December's general election
A respected monthly opinion poll is spelling potentially serious problems for the left-of-centre coalition led by Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez. Sanchez recently said that Spain will hold a general election in early December but poll numbers from the Sociological Research Centre(CIS) suggests that the PSOE-Podemos coalition could struggle to remain in power. The main opposition party, the conservative Partido Popular(PP), under...

Benidorm family drugs gang converted squatted homes into drug dens and sales points on Spain’s Costa Blanca

Benidorm Area Drugs Gang Family Squat In Homes Turned Into Sales Outlets On Spain's Costa Blanca
A Benidorm drugs gang operating out of three illegally occupied Villajoyosa homes has been brought down in a joint Guardia Civil and Policia Nacional operation. Five men and four women, all from the same family and of Spanish nationality, have been arrested. The criminals sold cocaine, speed, and marijuana out of the squatted properties. They even set up special rooms for customers...

2 bedroom Apartment for sale in San Juan de los Terreros – € 135,000

2 bedroom Apartment for sale in San Juan de los Terreros - € 135
ApartmentSan Juan de los Terreros, Almería   2 beds   1 baths € 135,000 First-floor property with lift access. Perfect choice for holidays and permanent home, you choose! This 2 bedroom apartment has modern lines and bright spaces, built to the highest qualities. Spacious lounge dining room leading out to the large terrace with plenty of room for dining...

Spain poised to allow unvaccinated tourists from outside EU (including UK) if they have negative test

Spain To Scrap Covid 19 Vaccination Certificates For Non Eu Country Arrivals Like Uk Tourists
SPAIN is preparing to lift the ban on unvaccinated tourists visiting from outside the EU and allow them entry if they have a negative Covid test. Tourism Minister, Reyes Maroto, said the move will happen in 'a matter of days' in a U-turn after authorities this week said nothing would change until mid-June. https://twitter.com/mincoturgob/status/1527208364828237824 The decision comes as a boost to Spain's...

Rangers’ dream dashed in Spain’s Sevilla after losing Europa League Final on penalties

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OVER 100,000 Rangers fans descended on Sevilla for the Europa League Final on Wednesday only to be agonisingly beaten on penalties by Eintracht Frankfurt. The city was awash with pink-skinned Scots sinking Spanish lager for most of the day, with both sets of fans in good spirits. Rangers initially went 1-0 up, thanks to a goal from Joe Aribo in the...

EXPLAINER: Why Brits in Spain are being urged update residency document to TIE ‘without delay’

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BRITISH residents in Spain are being urged to update their ID to a TIE ‘without delay’ as more and more of Spain's administrative bodies fail to recognise the former 'green card' as a result of Brexit. British residents in Spain have been able to obtain a new residency document since July 2020 as Spain updated the registration process as a...

Scorchio! These are officially the hottest towns in Spain

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SPAIN is braced for what looks set to be the first heatwave of the year, sending the mercury soaring  across much of the peninsula, to temperatures considered unusually high for the time of the year. And while the heatwave this weekend will affect much of Spain and especially the south sending residents and visitors alike to seek refuge in the...

Spain’s Malaga to host 1st Andalucian celiac awareness day on May 26

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Spain’s Malaga to host 1st Andalucian celiac awareness day on May 26

Spain’s Andalucia prepares for ‘earliest heatwave’ since records began—with ‘chiringuitos’ expecting turnover figures to be similar to those of 2019

Spain’s Andalucia prepares for ‘earliest heatwave’ since records began
ANDALUCIA is gearing up for a summer scorcher this weekend with several days of blistering heat on the way. According to Spain’s weather agency AEMET, this could become the earliest heat wave in Spain since records began. Yesterday, Wednesday, temperatures exceeded 35ºC in the Guadalquivir Valley and as of today, Thursday, May 19, mercury readings will be close to 40º C. In...

EXCLUSIVE: Expat couple vow to leave Spain after beloved dog shot by hunters and police ‘did nothing’

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AN expat couple have slammed police inactivity after their dog was shot dead by hunters on an evening stroll. Jennifer and Victor Gebhardt, 67 and 78, are furious that the Guardia Civil is refusing to probe the shooting of their beloved Sombrita. The retired South Africa couple, who have lived in Almeria for over a decade, are distraught and planning to...

Russia expels 27 staff from Spain’s Embassy in Moscow in tit-for-tat diplomacy row

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RUSSIA said on Wednesday that it would expel 27 staff from Spain’s Embassy in Moscow in response to Spain kicking out Russian diplomatic staff from Madrid. Spanish diplomatic staff have been told they are now declared ‘persona non grata’ which gives them seven days to leave the country. The Kremlin also said it was ordering out 34 staff from the French...

Sevilla bars expected to sell an extra half a million pints a day as Rangers fans flood into Spain for Europa League Cup Final

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BAR owners in Spain’s Sevilla welcomed the economic boost brought by big-drinking Rangers and Frankfurt fans flooding into the city for the UEFA Europa League Cup Final on Wednesday night. The city’s Association of Hostelry calculated the sale of an additional 300,000 litres of beer per day at pubs and bars across the city in the run up to the...

Elderly bather dies at Costa Blanca beach in Spain with no lifeguards or local ambulance to try to save him

Elderly Bather Dies On Costa Blanca Beach In Spain Without Lifeguards Or Local Ambulance To Help Save Him
SWIMMERS at a Torrevieja beach were unable to save a 72-year-old man who drowned on Wednesday morning. Eyewitnesses said he was spotted face down in the water after suffering a suspected heart attack. Fellow bathers, along with Policia Local and Guardia Civil officers tried to revive him at Playa del Cura while they waited for an ambulance. No local crew was available...

Dead fish return to Mar Menor lagoon shore as gloomy predictions become reality in Spain’s Murcia region

Dead Fish Reappear On Mar Menor Lagoon Shore To Prove Gloomy Predictions Correct In Spain's Murcia Region
PREDICTIONS that heavy rainfalls earlier this year would kill more marine life in the Mar Menor lagoon have come true. Around 250 small dead fish were discovered and removed on Wednesday morning at Santiago de la Ribera. Murcia's Agriculture and Environment minister, Antonio Luengo, confirmed that it was a new case of hypoxia. The Spanish Institute of Oceanography warned in April that a hypoxia phase...

Wife goes berserk in violent attack on drunk husband for refusing to drive car in Spain’s Mallorca

Wife goes berserk and launches violent attack on drunk husband for refusing to drive in Spain's Mallorca
A Mallorca woman lashed out at her husband on Tuesday morning for refusing to drive home because he had too much to drink. The man would not break the law and ordered a taxi, much to the displeasure of his wife. Once in the Palma cab, the 35-year-old Spanish woman launched into a non-stop assault of her partner, much to the...

Spain’s Picasso Museum Malaga launches online shop

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THE Museo Picasso Malaga (MPM) now has an online shop where you can purchase many of the products currently available in the physical shop of the Malaga art gallery. Books, prints, mugs, notebooks, fans, T-shirts and scarves are some of the emblematic objects that have been put on sale for people looking for a different type of gift and for...

Crooked lawyer ran Costa Blanca ‘marriage of convenience’ scam for non-Spaniards to get residency

Costa Blanca 'marriage of convenience' scam run by solicitor enabled foreigners to get residency in Spain
A Policia Nacional investigation has brought down an Elche-based group who arranged marriages as a pretence for foreigners to get Spanish residency. 129 people have been arrested since 2019. The criminal deception was conceived by an Elche lawyer who ran the scheme via her business. Police said 72 illegal marriages took place, resulting in the issuing of 51 residency permits. The group started...

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