Fed lends unexpected hand to the markets

US Reserve’s decision to continue quantitative easing program helps Spanish Treasury bond issue


Troika queries Spanish banks on lack of lending to small companies

Lenders attribute problem to low demand and new regulations


Brazilians lose trust in judiciary following ruling to retry convicted politicians

Lula da Silva’s former chief of staff will be able to argue for a reduction in his sentence

Antonio Banderas’ one-knight stand

The actor is going it alone on the promotional trail for his latest animated movie

This week’s movie releases

Ron Howard's Rush recreates the race between James Hunt and Niki Lauda for the 1976 F1 crown


Loan freeze

The troika’s concern about the credit drought suggests that bank restructuring will be delayed

UN panel to investigate whether Spain is helping Franco regime victims

Rights and memory groups will present the experts with the names of 130,000 disappeared people

historical memory

Rights lawyers demand arrest of four ex-Franco officials wanted in Argentina

Victims celebrate decision, although government unlikely to order detention of men Associations say they are seeking justice in Argentina after being unable to find it in Spain


Messi homes in on Raúl’s record

Champions League hat-trick brings Argentinean to within single figures of history


Alonso plays down talk of clash with new teammate Raikkonen

"My opinion was that Kimi was the best out there in the market," says Ferrari driver


Mas confident independent Catalonia would keep European status

“We will be in Europe whatever Catalans decide,” regional premier declares despite warnings from Brussels


Adieu to literature’s errant knight

Philologist and 'Don Quixote' expert Martí de Riquer dies at the age of 99

Senior holds up bank to get prison bed in crisis-hit Lisbon

More Portuguese inmates remaining in jail due to harsh economic conditions on the outside


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No one is ever to blame for the fraud and mismanagement that has exacerbated Spain’s crisis


Spain plans prison terms for providers of pirated web content

Administrators of download-access sites may face up to six years