HENRIQUE CAPRILES | FORMER VENEZUELAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE

“I am not going to push Venezuelans into a war of people against people”

The opposition leader is one third of the government’s so-called “trilogy of evil”

LATIN AMERICA

Mexican drug gangs kidnapping bus passengers to turn them into hitmen

Criminal organizations in Tamaulipas state are growing their ranks through forced recruitment

COMEDY

Madrid International Comedy Festival kicks off with Reginald D. Hunter

Stand-up gig featuring Georgia-born UK-based funnyman marks the first in a month of events

CATALAN BID FOR INDEPENDENCE

Catalan premier planning to sign referendum decree this Saturday

Central government set to launch appeal against vote on independence as soon as it is called

MEDIA

Head of Spanish state broadcaster quits over government funding row

RTVE chief Leopoldo González-Echenique had refused to carry out layoff plan

Prostitution and drugs account for €9bn of Spain’s GDP, says statistics institute

Inclusion of illicit activities and other changes to calculation methodology boost 2013 total by 2.6%

For sale: your own Spanish village

The idea of owning an entire hamlet has proved attractive to many, but rarely becomes a reality

King Felipe VI defends unity of Spain at United Nations General Assembly

Country has “set up a state that protects the diversity of all its citizens and regions,” says monarch

Spanish PM sells economic recovery on official trip to China

Rajoy assures investors that Spain’s economy is growing three times faster than euro-zone average