SECURITY

Portugal unveils new high-tech system to protect its coast

The new system is based on 20 radars and cameras installed along the coast

ECONOMY

Government seeks to reassure consumers on electricity rates

Power producers up in arms over withdrawal of budget support

"ANTI PROTEST" LAW
LATIN AMERICA

Venezuelan government blames opposition for latest power blackout

Caracas and other major cities go dark after breakdown at substation

Editorials

Rating the ratings agencies

The companies that classify and quantify risks fail the EU supervisor’s examination

EDUCATION

No improvement in math, but Spanish students edge up in reading and science

OECD’s latest Pisa global education survey places Spain slightly below average

LATIN AMERICA

Senate set to approve Peña Nieto’s political reform without PRD votes

Leftist senators boycott talks aimed at making important changes to Constitution

CORRUPTION

Spain drops 10 places in Transparency International 2013 corruption index

Only Syria falls further in survey on perceptions of corruption

LABOR LAW

Court rules one-year trial work contract without compensation illegal

Judgment applied to case of a laborer who was dismissed eight days before the 12-month period ended

SPANISH INTELLIGENCE SERVICE'S DARKEST DAY

Ambush at Latifiya

A decade on from the killing of seven CNI agents in Iraq, the only suspect is a translator who was questioned at the time and sent to Abu Ghraib jail

LABOR

Unemployment falls in November for the first time in decades

Opposition points to falling Social Security affiliation as sign of declining active population due to emigration

RTVV CLOSURE

The on-air demise of Canal 9

Thousands call for Valencia premier's resignation after public TV switch-off

OPINION

Colonized by colonies

Pemex is the winner in the Repsol deal as Latin American firms continue to bring new and welcome investment to Spain

Madrid’s €500-million “City of Justice” complex dies a death

Opposition group asks where all the money has gone as coordinating company’s assets seen on slide

toward the end of eta terrorism

Prosecutors find no evidence of glorifying terrorism in ETA homages

Government delegate criticizes Basque police "inaction" over receptions for prisoners released under “Parot doctrine” ruling

OBITUARY

Alfonso Armada, one of the leaders of the failed 1981 coup

General had been an important advisor to King Juan Carlos during the years leading up to democracy

ECONOMY

Lending to households suffers record fall as banks remain parsimonious after bailout

Company credit also slumps to lowest level since 2007