BANKING SECTOR

Nationalized Catalunya Banc to shed third of staff

Former savings bank planning to shut down commercial network outside of home region

Editorials

Not quite anything goes

Antiterrorist laws cannot be used as a wild card for protecting secrets of state

LATIN AMERICA

Mexican left calls for referendum on oil shake-up

Pemex can be reformed without constitutional changes, argues PRD founder Cárdenas

LATIN AMERICA

FARC talks focus on guerrilla members’ future in politics

New negotiating round kicks off in Havana as Colombian government celebrates latest victory against insurgency

CRIME

Police investigate shooting death of 76-year-old woman with rap sheet for drug crimes

Dolores V. C. was found in her home with single shot to the head

CONSTITUTIONAL FREEDOM

Blind Ourense councilor’s right to record meetings backed by a court judge

Judge finds that rule against recording was not "duly justified" and that it violated the Constitution

GENDER AND THE MILITARY

No room for women in the armed forces

The number of female recruits in the armed forces has remained stable at around 12 percent since the services were opened up to both sexes 25 years ago

GALICIAN RAIL DISASTER

Santiago train crash judge wants to question railway safety chief

Aláez says measures “insufficient” to prevent human error as he criticizes position of speed sign

OPINION

Algeria 1992, Egypt 2013

Optimism that violence can be contained is hard to find given the regional context

FIESTA FUROR

ETA victims association says Bildu is “laughing” after festival compromise

Anger after Jone Artola given place on balcony at the event

EDUCATION EXODUS

Immigrants leave schools as families abandon Spain for home countries

The recession is leading to a drop in the number of foreign students

PANDA-MONIUM

Madrid Zoo hopeful on panda cubs

Staff say the young, the second brood born in the capital, could be due in the next few weeks However, more tests are required to confirm pregnancy

BARAJAS AIR DISASTER

Spanair crash victims’ families hope Strasbourg will take up judicial fight

Relatives call High Court decision "a great institutional failure"