Former head of intelligence under Chávez killed

The body of Eliézer Otaiza was found in a wooded area on the outskirts of Caracas President Nicolás Maduro has called for a thorough investigation

ECONOMY

Government promises to create 600,000 jobs in two years

But Rajoy administration admits employment levels it inherited in 2011 will not return until 2018

LATIN AMERICA

Cuba, EU begin talks to restore relations

Despite 1996 veto, 14 member states have bilateral ties with the Castro government

FRANCOIST CRIMES

High Court turns down Argentinean judge’s request to extradite “Billy the Kid”

Notorious Franco-era policeman is accused of 13 counts of torture in universal justice case

RACISM IN SOCCER

Fan who threw banana at Barcelona’s Dani Alves arrested

Villarreal had already withdrawn man's club membership for life in wake of racist gesture

political corruption

“Never in my life have I received a cash-filled envelope” — deputy PM

Soraya Sáenz de Santamaría and Socialist spokeswoman clash over bonuses in Congress Opposition accuses PP leaders of pocketing hefty checks thanks to party’s secret funds

economy

Consumer prices up 0.5% from March

Flash estimate is best figure in months, yet well below the acceptable rate of 1%

TRANSPORT

Smarter, cheaper and greener ways to get around town

From car sharing to power walking, there have never been more methods of mobility Mobile technology is making it easier to access new alternative means of transport in Spain’s cities

economy

Spanish economy grew 0.4% in first quarter of 2014

Flash estimate from National Statistics Institute coincides with Bank of Spain figures Prime minister sounds note of confidence, saying that “things are going well and will go better”