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Diverse and influential group calls on Obama to open up to Cuba

More than 40 high profile politicians, military personnel, businesses and analysts signed the petition


How to erase your past from the internet

Celebrities and regular citizens alike are increasingly hiring firms to remove damaging data New European ruling on “right to be forgotten” will help resolve unclosed cases, companies say


Home repossessions up 10% in 2013

Spanish lenders took back nearly 50,000 properties last year Figures released by Bank of Spain suggest more borrowers are handing back keys in payment


Spanish conservatives forgive sexist remarks by their European contender

Women at Popular Party rally play down Arias Cañete’s views about male “intellectual superiority”

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Mexican right votes for collaboration over confrontation in primaries

National Action Party re-elects leader who helped forge sweeping reforms with President Peña Nieto


Russian mafioso linked to 33 murders arrested at Spanish-French border

Described as “extremely dangerous,” Dmitry Zavyalov had been spotted vacationing on Costa Brava

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Jitterbugging the economic blues away

Invented in the 1930s, swing dancing helped Americans through the Great Depression Crisis-hit Madrileños are now turning to the lindy hop and other styles to brighten their own times


The law is sufficient

Excesses committed on social networking sites in the wake of the murder of politician Isabel Carrasco can be pursued without toughening the penal code

Spain steps up border checks in Gibraltar

Authorities allege hike in tobacco smuggling; The Rock says controls are politically motivated

Abortion clinics report spike in vandalism

Anti-abortion activists step up pressure ahead of government changes to legislation


Spanish successes spice up major US networks’ fall schedules

Fox’s ‘Red Band Society’ and NBC’s ‘The Mysteries of Laura’ are based on shows made in Spain