LATIN AMERICA

A Mexican “patron saint” of social outcasts

Peña Nieto dedicates new pardons law to Tzotzil schoolteacher unjustly accused of murder

HEALTH

Health Ministry recommends removal of PIP breast implants

Victims of fraud will still have to pay for procedure unless the surgery was undertaken for medical reasons

MARKETS

Yield on 10-year bond falls below four-percent level

Risk premium down close to 230 basis points as markets confidence in Spain returns

LATIN AMERICA

Promising Brazilian oil firm files for bankruptcy protection

Former billionaire’s OGX was the talk of petroleum industry after 2007 debut

ANIMAL WELFARE

“The whip is a thing of the past”

Rights groups and circus associations clash over proposal to ban animals in big tops

ERE case judge summons former Socialist minister back to court

Magdalena Álvarez is suspected of involvement in the Andalusia public fund fraud

ENTERTAINMENT SECTOR

‘Pocoyo’ production company on verge of ruin

Zinkia files for protection from its creditors after bond sale fails to attract necessary investment

Editorials

Insatiable demands

Reinforcing religious content in high schools is another backward step in quality of education

CYBER-ESPIONAGE SCANDAL

Spanish intelligence routinely turns over millions of private messages to NSA

Telephone metadata and other communications are given to US spy experts for deciphering Spanish law prohibits massive and indiscriminate trawling of networks

consumer affairs

Debt collectors feel public backlash

Techniques used by agencies over small defaults are coming under increasing scrutiny Courts are siding with the consumers against service providers

SOCCER

Has Scolari scored an own goal?

Diego Costa's commitment to Spain may come back to haunt Brazil in 2014

opinion

Warning to Washington

Rajoy slid down the plane of submission, saying that the foreign minister was merely to summon the US ambassador and "ask him for information" about the spying

REGIONAL POLITICS

Tensions on the rise among Catalan pro-vote parties

Leftists want referendum to include a range of options