US to ease visa access in bid to attract foreign investment

Hundreds of thousands of workers and employers could benefit, says President Obama “This is a market with huge opportunities for Spanish companies,” says business chief

ECONOMY

Spanish economy picks up pace, growing 0.8% in first quarter of 2015

Bank of Spain credits better conditions for its increasingly optimistic forecast for this year

Latin America

Mexico’s top human rights official calls for forced-disappearance laws

Iguala and Tlatlaya massacres have made Mexicans more aware of abuses by authorities

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

“This is the most terrible event in the company’s history”

Lufthansa CEO says copilot had “impeccable” attitude and employment record The 28-year-old German, Andreas Lubitz, had also passed all psychological tests

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

One pilot was outside cockpit before accident, ‘New York Times’ reports

Source tells newspaper that recordings show that one of the pilots was unable to enter

Latin America

Over 784,000 Colombians emerged from poverty last year, says Santos

But nearly four million people in the country still earn less than $36 a month

GERMANWINGS CRASH

“The copilot was intending to destroy the plane” — Alps crash prosecutor

Investigation chief says crew member deliberately began descent of the plane

Spanish police crack down on Gibraltar cigarette smugglers

Tobacco has become a major source of income for communities bordering the Rock

PLANE CRASH IN ALPS

Recovery and ID of bodies at crash site “will take weeks”

Inaccessible terrain impeding the task of locating human remains and wreckage

Altamira must be closed to visitors, Spanish scientists tell Unesco

Scholars accuse government of endangering Paleolithic cave art for political reasons