750 jobs to go as Coca-Cola’s Spanish bottler shuts four plants

Move comes as a result of merger between seven independent companies


Attempting the impossible

The peace talks on Syria are the only way out for the disastrously deadlocked situation


Fernández to carry flag at Sochi

European figure skating champ is biggest medal hope at Winter Olympics


Rajoy looking for consensus on “sensitive issue” of abortion

Justice chief Gallardón goes on the attack against Socialists But prime minister promises to hear out all sectors of society


Spain’s public debt above euro-zone average for first time ever

Indebtedness fueled by persistent deficit and bank bailout loan Average in single-currency zone falls for the first time since 2006


Bankinter’s earnings up 73 percent

Spanish bank earns 215.4 million euros in 2013 That was the lender's best result in four years

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Mexican authorities target 26 members of Michoacán cartel

State security chief doubts tales that legendary leader ‘El Chayo’ is still alive

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Venezuelan president names official in charge of social media

Maduro appoints 107 deputy ministers responsible for a range of new areas


Spain formally exits bank bailout program in better shape

But Brussels warns challenges still exist in fragile economic recovery and soaring bad loans Rajoy expresses hope for the future "and the present"


Length of Erasmus stays to be reduced by half after budget cut

Time Spanish exchange students spend abroad will drop from eight to less than five months


Nadal passes tough Dimitrov test to reach Australian semis

With his hand bandaged, world number one battles through in four sets


Tech giants taunt the taxman

Major US technology groups paid Spain’s revenue agency just 1.2 million euros in 2012 Apple, Google, Amazon, Facebook, eBay and others use fiscal engineering to avoid payments


“We knew it wasn’t ETA from the start”

Bomb disposal chief publishes book defending unit's handling of 2004 Madrid train bombings


China blocks EL PAÍS website after report on use of tax havens

Investigation undertaken by a team of international journalists prompts move by Beijing Documents reveal Chinese officials' links to offshore companies in British Virgin Islands


Back to the wars

South Sudan, the world's newest country, has poverty and petroleum in abundant supply – but peace is a little harder to come by