Latin America

Killing of Rubén Espinosa leaves Mexican journalists in fear

Reporters want inquiry into possible political involvement in photojournalist’s death

2016 budget

Government pledges to cut taxes if it wins upcoming general elections

Budget for next year proposes 3.8% rise in social spending Public servants promised their first pay raise since 2009

French customs service seizes Picasso in Corsica worth €26 million

The painting belongs to banker Jaime Botín, brother of former chairman of Santander Spanish authorities had prohibited the work from being taken out of Spain

Latin America

Drug tunnel resembling El Chapo’s escape route found at Mexican border

The 123-meter passageway was allegedly being constructed by the Sinaloa cartel

ECONOMY

Number of registered unemployed falls by 74,028 people in July

Improvement owes much to seasonal hires, however, in tourism and agriculture sectors

SPANISH CUSTOMS

Spanish town where the siesta is sacred catches world’s imagination

Ador, a small community in Valencia, has issued an edict to protect the afternoon nap

Catalan elections 2015

Catalan premier calls early elections, classing vote a plebiscite for region

Artur Mas will be running on a secessionist bloc ticket, Junts pel Sí (Together for yes)

POLITICS

Spain’s Mariano Rajoy: “Catalonia will never be independent in any way”

PM sums up his achievements ahead of general elections due for the end of the year