REGIONAL POLITICS

Cristina Cifuentes becomes new Madrid regional premier

Conservative leader emerges as the standard-bearer for Popular Party regeneration

Spain refuses to declassify state files from 1931 to 1968

Government says it lacks the resources to analyze the thousands of documents one by one

Latin America

Colombia’s military top brass involved in extrajudicial killings, says HRW

Generals and colonels “allegedly knew, planned or ordered” executions, according to NGO

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Prosecutor wants ex-Madrid culture chief investigated over offensive tweets

Ahora Madrid councilor Guillermo Zapata was forced to step down over Holocaust jokes

WAGES

Most common salary for workers in Spain is €15,500, says new report

New figures for 2013 show average wage has dropped slightly to €22,697.86

Latin America

Venezuelan opposition leader Leopoldo López ends his hunger strike

Jailed ex-mayor says president has met his demand to hold parliamentary races this year

BUSINESS

Vodafone reveals losses of €642 million after Ono cleanup

Repurchasing of debt, tax problems and directors’ bonuses to blame for balance sheet

TENTACIONES

Why do the Spanish “shit in the sea”?

New book explores the origins of puzzling Spanish idioms that sound shocking to outsiders

EVICTIONS CRISIS

Amnesty International Spain decries lack of action against housing crisis

There have been more than 600,000 foreclosures since the economic downturn began Local authorities have sold off subsidized housing to investment funds in Madrid