2015 Spanish general elections

Catalan Socialists call on Podemos to drop referendum demands

Using secession vote as bargaining chip blocking alternative to PP government, says PSC

Latin America

US investigates alleged billion-dollar bribes at Venezuelan state oil firm

Federal authorities arrest two businessmen for reportedly paying off PDVSA officials

Latin America

Venezuelan Supreme Court admits Maduro’s election challenges

Justices stop four assembly members from taking their seats while it examines cases Opposition says all of its deputies will be on hand when it takes control of house next week

New Year Festivities

Madrid steps up security for New Year’s Eve celebrations

City to deploy 600 personnel and to restrict access to Puerta del Sol for the first time

ROUND-UP OF THE YEAR

The most-read stories of 2015

Examination of strange-sounding Spanish idioms became viral hit for the ENGLISH EDITION

INTERVIEW

Rafa Nadal: “Having a rough patch makes you appreciate victories more”

It’s been a roller-coaster ride of a year for the Spanish champion But he has refocused his mind on his game, and is looking forward to 2016