LATIN AMERICA

Pope Francis’ new show of support for liberation theologists

The pontiff has reinstated Miguel D'Escoto, a suspended Sandinista priest and minister

LATIN AMERICA

Brazil’s electoral race hots up as political scandals surface

Election polls say candidates must win over 20 million undecided voters

BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

“There is no plan B,” Mas tells press on independence vote

Catalan premier says that “everything is in place” for November plebiscite on secession from Spain

TOWARD THE END OF ETA

Ministry to cut bodyguard protection to minimum levels as ETA threat recedes

Protection will gradually be withdrawn from more than 1,500 public figures, saving millions of euros

UN rules against Spain for not protecting daughter killed by her father

Andrea González died during an unsupervised visit, after her mother reported dozens of incidents

Agreement reached for completion of Panama Canal by end of 2015

International consortium led by Spain’s Sacyr had halted work after dispute over cost overruns

MIDDLE EAST CRISIS

Spanish government suspends export of military material to Israel

Foreign Minister José Manuel García-Margallo describes bombings in Gaza as “heart-rending”