REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

Aguirre seeks pacts with all parties to keep Podemos out of Madrid City Hall

PP candidate goes as far as to offer role of mayor to Socialist politician Antonio Carmona

regional and municipal elections 2015

PP veterans planning to make way for new faces following election losses

But PM sees no need for major reforms despite widespread call for profound changes In Madrid, conservative mayoral nominee sounds out Socialists to keep leftist out of office

Latin America

China closes deals worth billions with four South American nations

Government plans to invest €229 billion in the region over the next 10 years

Filmmaker Vicente Aranda dies at 88

Barcelona-born director made 25 features, including 1991’s ‘Amantes’

Latin America

FARC and Colombia resume talks despite rising tensions over bombings

Rebels don't want to “throw away” progress made in nearly three years of negotiations

BUSINESS

Amazon starts paying Spanish corporate tax on retail sales

Online seller had been diverting all sales to Luxembourg, a technique criticized by Brussels

REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

Podemos makes ousting Popular Party its priority in brokering deals

The fragmented scenario after Sunday’s elections is forcing groups to seek agreements Socialists begin sounding out both Pablo Iglesias’ anti-austerity party and Ciudadanos

“Give me €50 or I’ll beat you up,” bully told student who committed suicide

Disabled 16-year-old had informed police she was the victim of “four or five” people

MILITARY SPENDING

US and Israel competing for €300m Spanish drones contract

Spain's Defense Ministry wants to purchase four unmanned aerial vehicles for surveillance

REGIONAL AND MUNICIPAL ELECTIONS 2015

PM rules out changes in government and PP and avoids self-criticism

In rare press conference, Rajoy blames poor election showing on failure to communicate Corruption also played a part in loss of power at Sunday’s polls, politician admits