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

Move comes as a result of merger between seven independent companies

Editorials

Attempting the impossible

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

WINTER OLYMPICS

Fernández to carry flag at Sochi

European figure skating champ is biggest medal hope at Winter Olympics

ABORTION DEBATE

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

PUBLIC FINANCES

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

CORPORATE EARNINGS

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

ECONOMY

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"

GRANT CONTROVERSY

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

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Nadal passes tough Dimitrov test to reach Australian semis

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

BUSINESS

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

MADRID BOMBINGS

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

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

CHINALEAKS

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

OPINION

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