OPERATION EMPEROR

Leaders of Chinese money-laundering ring may be freed after judicial blunder

High Court frees top lieutenant of ringledader Gao Ping, who is expected to be released in coming days

EFFECTS OF THE CRISIS

A foot in the door: spate of evictions sparks rise in “pisos patada” in Madrid

Organized gangs offer homeless empty apartments in exchange for cash

FORMULA 1

Fernando Alonso: “The pressure is less as it’s out of our hands”

Spanish driver calm ahead of showdown at Interlagos this weekend

CHAMPIONS LEAGUE REVIEW

Liga completes European sweep

All four Spanish Champions League teams through to knockout stage

This week’s movie releases

Clint Eastwood gets back in front of the camera in Trouble with the Curve Director Jorge Torregrossa and model Andrés Velencoso make their feature debuts in Fin

Looking in life’s rear-view mirror

José Luis Borau, the retired director of ‘Furtivos,’ is the subject of a new book

TOURISM

Russians lend ailing Spanish economy a helping hand

Number of big-spending visitors doubles in two years

CATALAN ELECTIONS

No report linking Mas to illegal payoffs exists, says police chief

Catalan leader blames PM for leaking “phantom” document Rajoy denies any connection with alleged report

Editorials

Permits for homes

The government is competing with other countries to sell housing to foreigners

CULTURE

The endless wait for the Popular Party’s Patronage Law

A bill that would encourage private spending in the arts is facing stiff opposition The Treasury is not keen to support legislation that encourages tax exemptions

CULTURE

Five-percent film tax to get rewrite

Spain's TV networks are forced to earmark revenue to finance local film production The government is looking to revise this model

TRAGEDY IN MADRID

Security firm denies any role at fatal Halloween party

Kontrol 34 "had nothing to do with" Madrid Arena tragedy

LATIN AMERICA

Argentina holds one-day strike against President Cristina Fernández

Millions of workers stay away from jobs during nationwide stoppage

LATIN AMERICA

Carlos Gardel's legend shattered as con artist past exposed

Two forensic experts claim legendary tango singer had a criminal record

LATIN AMERICA

Murder rate dips since "maras" pact truce

Salvadoran President Mauricio Funes claims government paved the way for ceasefire

LATIN AMERICA

Former Mexican mayor who "refused to give in" found dead

María Santos Gorrostieta Salazar, 36, had survived at least four assassination attempts

Extremists disguised as Samaritans

The far right in Spain is aping the methods of Golden Dawn in Greece and gaining ground

LATIN AMERICA

Colombia wary of FARC ceasefire

Rebels meeting in Havana for peace talks say discussions are "on the right track"

OPINION

An attack on human rights

Venezuela’s inclusion on the UN Human Rights Council is symptomatic of a Latin American anti-democratic backslide

PUBLIC FINANCES

Spanish Treasury adds to its piggy bank for next year

Issue of 3.880 billion euros in bonds exceeds maximum target

JUSTICE

Legal offices swamped as government brings back court fees

Filing charges could hurt fight against domestic violence

PENSIONS

European court rules Spain discriminating against part-time workers

Calculation used practically removes the possibility of qualifying for a pension About 80 percent of part-time workers are women