ECONOMY

Foreign tourist spending grows 6.7%

Positive January-to-November figures add to record international arrivals this year

LATIN AMERICA

FARC announces it will free soldier captured just hours before ceasefire

Serviceman was abducted during battle ahead of unilateral suspension of active hostilities

Spanish PM: “2015 will be the year that the economy definitively takes off”

Rajoy paints optimistic picture for next 12 months, which will see the end of his current term

Uber still operating despite court ban

Madrid Taxi Association vows to keep fighting to get car-sharing service off the streets

Mainstream political parties laud King Felipe’s first Christmas address

But each group claims monarch's words support its own recipe for fixing Spain’s troubles

“There are many more exorcisms than people think”

Recent case of girl in Burgos reveals extent to which practice still goes on in Spain