TECHNOLOGY

Google signs deal to boost internet speeds in Cuba

Agreement will see faster downloads for company’s products but won’t increase overall access rates

LATIN AMERICA

Venezuela closes border with Colombia as cash crisis rolls on

Move comes as president introduces higher denomination bills to combat spiraling inflation

Prostitution

Mexico City grapples with the status of its sex workers

A bill to include their labor rights in the city’s new constitution has created a social rift

SOCCER

Barcelona face toughest rival in Champions League last-16 draw

Catalan side to play Paris Saint German, while Real Madrid take on Napoles

ECONOMY

IMF calls on Spain to raise VAT and revise health, education spending

The organization also criticizes the abuse of temporary contracts and is calling for labor market reforms

VERNE IN ENGLISH

Thick Madrid fog gives plane passengers stunning views of city

The heavy mist in the Spanish capital caused airport delays and rerouted flights

EMPLOYMENT

Spanish government proposes “pact” to end working day at 6pm

But critics say plan aimed at boosting work–life balance does not address workers’ real problems

INFRASTRUCTURE

Spanish taxpayer to foot €5 billion bill for failed privately run toll roads

Public Works Ministry says it’s too late to reach a deal with creditors

Cartoon

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 13, 2016

Cartoon

Ros

Ros cartoon, December 13, 2016

EFFECTS OF BREXIT

Spain tries to attract London banks with income tax incentives

Madrid joins list of European cities vying to host some of the City’s lenders in the post-Brexit world

SPANISH NGOs

Flamenco fashion with a splash of African color

Thirty dresses made from Senegalese fabric auctioned to raise funds for project near Dakar

LATIN AMERICA

Crisis-hit Venezuela to pull half of all currency from circulation

President says move designed to combat “imperialist” forces and black market gangs