Wave of strikes rocks Brazil ahead of World Cup

Authorities are racing against the clock to complete airports in time for soccer championship

DRUG LEGISLATION

The Barcelona cannabis clubs that are now plugging their wares online

The 400 marijuana associations in Catalonia are reporting a boom in drug tourism in the region

TELEVISION

‘Game of Thrones’ eyes up Spanish locations for season five

US ambassador and former HBO exec James Costos says network is looking at Andalusia

Coca-Cola denies it withdrew ad featuring Basque actor with “ETA sympathies”

Company says TV campaign had come to an end because it was not generating adequate results

LATIN AMERICA

Bachelet takes first step toward legalizing abortion in Chile

President calls for lifting of ban on pregnancy terminations when woman’s life is in danger

BULLFIGHTING

Three matadors gored in abandoned Madrid bullfight recovering well

Unusual turn of events on Tuesday saw first suspension in Madrid’s Plaza de las Ventas for 35 years Gorings are “price you have to pay to achieve the aim of being a torero,” says Jiménez Fortes

cinema

This week’s movie releases

Nicole Kidman is a princess in critical peril in the panned 'Grace of Monaco' And Jude Law fattens up to play the lead role in ‘Dom Hemingway’

SEXISM ROW

Why the Popular Party’s European candidate was finally forced to apologize

Politician Miguel Arias Cañete caused a storm after making sexist comments about Socialist rival But he waited five days before saying sorry, describing what he said as “unfortunate”

Too much EU money down the drain?

Spain has benefited hugely from European funding, though many projects have been poorly planned Despite art centers sitting empty and railway lines lying unfinished, the EC says corruption is rare

EPS

How Spain’s Princess Letizia took on her royal challenge

Ex-newsreader faced a steep learning curve after marrying Prince Felipe a decade ago Since then she has found success abroad and carved out niches in education, innovation and health

LATIN AMERICA

War as usual in Colombia

Dialogue with the FARC is the main topic on the presidential campaign trail But Colombians are skeptical about the success of the peace process