Customs officers conduct search of ex-IMF chief’s Madrid home

Rodrigo Rato, a former minister, is allegedly being investigated for money laundering

Prosecutors launch probe into fishing ship that sank off Canary Islands

Authorities considering sending down a deep-sea robot to examine the sunken ship Civil Guard has rescued an endangered turtle from the area covered in oil

Latin America

FARC ceasefire broken as attack leaves 10 soldiers dead

Colombian leader lifts suspension of air strikes on rebels as peace talks hang in balance

Gay couples stage “kiss in” at café to protest ejection of two lesbians

The pair were asked to leave the Store Café in Barcelona after kissing each other

Latin America

Venezuela to announce “political and economic” measures against Spain

Diplomatic spat grows over Spanish lawmakers’ call to release Caracas opposition leaders

Madrid’s hidden drug storerooms

Security is the priority when dealing with the tons of illegal substances seized by police


Andalusia begins new parliament without top body in place

Five-way bickering over who gets to sit on assembly augurs a complicated four years

Lesbian who fled persecution in Cameroon wins right to stay in Spain

Deputies step in to help Christelle Nangnou, who had been denied asylum for 24 days

The man who “rejuvenated” Gaddafi

Brazilian surgeon recalls the time the Libyan dictator summoned him for an operation