CINEMA

This week’s movie releases

Pierce Brosnan stars in darkly comic Nick Hornby adaptation 'A Long Way Down' Oscar nominee 'The Missing Picture' recreates the horrors of the Khmer Rouge in clay

CINEMA

Screen romance

Carlos Marques-Marcet’s long-distance relationship drama ‘10.000KM’ is conquering the festivals

POLITICAL CORRUPTION

Disgraced PP treasurer says ex-minister gave him access to secret cash accounts

Luis Bárcenas tells judge that Francisco Álvarez-Cascos oversaw party’s undeclared slush fund

latin america

Violence continues in Venezuela on first day of peace talks

Former presidential candidate Henrique Capriles announces he will take part in dialogue

STREET CRIME

Punishing the pickpockets

Public perceptions play a big role in the debate about tougher sentences for street theft Spanish courts are now issuing restraining orders to prevent offenders entering specific areas

Latin America

Police clash with protestors trying to block road in Argentina general strike

Unions are demanding pay hikes of up to 40 percent to help deal with accelerating living costs

franco-era crimes

Prosecutors voice opposition to extradition of “Billy the Kid”

Former police inspector during Franco regime appears in High Court wearing motorcycle helmet González Pacheco is wanted in Argentina to face torture charges brought by group of Spaniards

justice

Reform of trial rules will require PM and other officials to appear in court

Changes will eliminate privileges that keep public officials from testifying in person

Bankia sells its 4.94% stake in Iberdrola

Deal nets state-owned lender capital gains of €266 million

Almost 100 begging ring arrests in last three years

Romanian gangs make up to €100 a day for each person they force out on to Spain's streets

media

Nine TV channels to be closed down

Decision by networks to lose stations such as La Sexta 3 and Nitro comes in wake of court ruling

retail figures

Ikea sales down by 6% last year

Swedish home accessories retailer posts €44m in profits in 2013

REGIONAL POLITICS

Row over evicted squatter families threatens political pact in Andalusia

Socialist regional premier orders IU to temporarily give up control of housing department Agency had begun handing over keys to new homes to those affected

UNIVERSAL JUSTICE

Universal justice reform could see dozens more drug traffickers set free

Eight arrested near Málaga may benefit from move to curtail courts’ ability to try foreign crimes

DIGITAL PIRACY

84% of content acquired in Spain is pirated, says report

Industry-sponsored study finds that awareness of damage being done is slowly increasing