ECONOMY

Top Portugal court throws out retirement payment cut

Decrease was meant to apply to benefits of state workers

ECONOMY

Trade deficit narrows 56 percent on strong exports

Overseas shipments climb 6.2 percent in first 10 months of the year

PENSION REFORM

Congress approves overhaul of state pensions

Minimum annual rise in benefits will be 0.25 percent and maximum 0.5 percent plus inflation

SPORT

Atleti and Barça duel for top spot

Just a single goal separates the Liga leaders going into the winter break

SOCCER

Messi slams Barça official over contract comments

Argentinean star says club’s vice president Javier Faus knews “nothing about soccer”

TECHNOLOGY

Spain examines use of futuristic mind probe in missing woman case

Husband given brain impulse test as suspect in wife's disappearance

LATIN AMERICA

Mexican government suspends salaries for dissident school teachers

The first official census on how many educators are on the public payroll is released

EDITORIAL

The year of Putin

Russian president’s astute diplomacy cannot hide the rise of authoritarianism in his country

ESPIONAGE

US spied on European Commission vice president, internal sources claim

NSA reported to have monitored Joaquín Almunia’s phone calls at the start of Europe’s financial crisis

SYRIAN CRISIS

Spain to host Syrian opposition leaders ahead of Geneva summit

PM announces talks in Córdoba, which are aimed at “bolstering dialogue” between groups

opinion

Ten reasons not to change the abortion law

In this opinion piece, which was published in Spanish ahead of Friday's announcement of changes to the abortion laws, pro-choice associations put forward their arguments for maintaining the status quo

Government approves most restrictive abortion laws since return of democracy

Justice minister announces that terminations in cases of deformity of fetus will no longer be allowed Legislation means an end to access to the procedure on demand up to 14 weeks into term

PP'S HIDDEN FINANCES

Police search Popular Party national headquarters in Madrid

Court orders task force to confiscate records related to Bárcenas and payments made to architect Rajoy said his ruling party is awaiting outcome of inquiry “but we are not worried”

Rajoy promises consumers won’t see “unjustified” electricity rate rises

Government to review bills after invalidating wholesale tender due to suspicion of collusion

crime

Burglar who stole pedophile videos reports his victim

The thief, whose identity remains unknown, broke into a house in Jaén city He later told police about the filmed abuse of children he discovered

opinion

Rocks of discord

Japan, China and the United States are taking up positions around a group of islets, in what is shaping up to be a sort of brewing cold war

politics

Controversial abortion reform expected to be cleared by Cabinet

New law will remove time-period element and return to a scenario system Under-18s will need consent to terminate