LATIN AMERICA

Mexico blast survivor: “I couldn’t feel the blood, but the wound was shocking”

A car mechanic recounts how he narrowly escaped death in the fireworks market explosion on Tuesday

WEATHER

Welcome to the other solstice as summer hits South America

While Europe darkens, December 21 is the longest day of the year in the Southern Hemisphere

MUSIC

Google doodle pays homage to Spain’s flamenco genius Paco de Lucía

Daily image features the guitarist, who died in 2014, and links to a digital exhibition about his work

DEMOGRAPHICS

Why Spain’s population is shrinking by 72 people every day

In 2015, births declined by 4.6%, reducing the population by 13,000 in the first half of 2016

BANKING

EU orders Spain’s banks to repay all earnings from “abusive” mortgages

Ruling which cannot be appealed means lenders now have to refund €3 billion earned before 2013

SPANISH POLITICS

Conservative figurehead quits role as honorary president of Popular Party

José María Aznar, who led Spain's right back to power, was highly critical of new party leadership

TERRORISM

Spaniard injured in Berlin: “The truck ran into me and right over my legs”

University student shares personal account of the Christmas market attack on social media

Cartoon

Ros

Ros cartoon, December 21, 2016

Cartoon

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, December 21, 2016

SCIENCE

Spanish planet hunter and “gravity spy” from Argentina on Top 10 Scientists list

Nature magazine hails work done by Guillem Anglada-Escudé and Gabriela González in 2016

LATIN AMERICA

Mexico: At least 31 dead in explosion at fireworks market

The accident also left 72 people injured while a further hundred are still unaccounted for

TRANSPORT

The Basque Y: the very slow tale of a very fast train

Three decades on, high-speed rail link in northern Spain is still far from reaching its destination