LATIN AMERICA

Puerto Rico seeks to become US state in bid to escape economic meltdown

The island remains under the supervision of a Washington-appointed fiscal oversight board

LATIN AMERICA

Trump tightens the screws on Mexico’s automotive industry

Under pressure from president-elect, Ford cancels major investment plans in San Luis Potosí

Petrobras scandal

Odebrecht bribe scandal reveals depth of corruption in Latin America

Construction firm has reached global settlement to end investigations in the US, Brazil and Switzerland

MILITARY AIR CRASH

Federico Trillo to be relieved as Spain’s ambassador to the UK

Foreign minister denies link between move and recent report on 2003 military air crash

Cartoon

Ros

Ros cartoon, January 4, 2017

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El Roto

El Roto cartoon, January 4, 2017

SKIING SEASON

Spanish ski resort forced to transport snow by helicopter and truck

Dry winter sees desperate measures adopted at Baqueira-Beret in the Pyrenees

RETAIL

Bullish Spanish retailers bring forward their winter sales

Major chains and department stores are “optimistic” and expect to hire temporary staff

UNEMPLOYMENT

Spain’s jobless rate registers historic fall in 2016

Official figures show the number of people registered as looking for work fell by 390,534 last year

PUBLIC HEALTH

Spanish Ebola survivor recalls ordeal: “I felt Death leaning on my shoulder”

Nursing assistant Teresa Romero was the first case of transmission outside West Africa