LATIN AMERICA

Security a top priority at Olympic Games, says Rio de Janeiro

In the wake of the Paris attacks, the city will be deploying 85,000 officers to secure events

SPANISH GENERAL ELECTIONS 2015

Marijuana joins the campaign fray

Podemos, Ciudadanos and United Left support regulating cannabis for therapeutic use The ruling Popular Party, however, is completely opposed to such a measure

VERNE IN ENGLISH

At nine months, my baby eats ‘cocido’

The “baby led weaning” method is starting to catch on in Spain

Rajoy assails policy of “discord” as PM speaks up for the “real Spain”

Spats over immigration and regional reform dominate State of Nation debate

LATIN AMERCIA

Violence breaks out as election season gets going in Venezuela

The country’s opposition reports five attacks, two at gunpoint, against its candidates Lilian Tintori, wife of imprisoned leader Leopoldo López, says her life is in danger

SPANISH GENERAL ELECTIONS 2015

“Without proper debate there can be no democracy”

Candidates taking part in Monday’s EL PAÍS debate agree head-to-heads are “good politics”

RETAIL

Spain embraces Black Friday

Stores sign up en masse for US-imported sale day, though its business impact is still unclear

GIBRALTAR ELECTION

Fabian Picardo re-elected as Gibraltar chief minister by a landslide

Socialist incumbent gets 68% of the vote and thanks voters for their “tsunami of support”

THE FIGHT AGAINST TERRORISM

Spain expands anti-jihadism pact to main opposition parties

But show of unity marred by absences of PP and Socialist leaders and Catalan nationalists Emerging left-wing Podemos attends as “observer” but fails to sign up

LITERATURE

Ian McEwan: “Utopia is one of the most destructive ideas”

The veteran British writer discusses the clash between faith and the law in his latest novel