Latin America

Cartels target Acapulco’s classrooms for extortion schemes

Military posted outside schools after students and teachers refuse to attend classes

The fight against terrorism

Government not ruling out further counter-terrorism measures

PM holds new round of talks with opposition to seek “maximum cooperation and unity”

Latin America

Costa Rica’s hero against sex harassment dies from stab wounds

Cruz was attacked after he posted a video of man filming up a woman’s skirt

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Ten souvenirs for sale at Valley of the Fallen, Franco’s grave in Madrid

Thimbles and paperweights sit incongruously on display above 33,833 dead bodies

40th ANNIVERSARY OF FRANCO’S DEATH

Remnants of the Franco era

The dictatorship endures in some people's nostalgia for messianic solutions

HEALTH

Three babies die of whooping cough in Spain within two months

Death of two-and-a-half-month-old in Cuenca adds to cases in Seville and Málaga Another newborn has been admitted to hospital with disease in Toledo

ENVIRONMENT

Barcelona’s mysterious smell returns

City authorities increasingly puzzled over origins of foul stench that has invaded the city

40 YEARS AFTER FRANCO

What is left of Franco’s legacy?

The Francisco Franco National Foundation still honors the memory of the former dictator

THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

Spain ready to support France by taking over Africa operations

A greater Spanish presence would free up French soldiers for action against ISIS in Syria Offer comes day before attackers take 170 hostages in hotel in Malian capital

RURAL SAFETY

Spain’s lawless towns

Thousands of small communities lack a police presence and live in constant fear of crime