MORTGAGE TAX ROW

Spanish PM announces legal changes to make banks pay mortgage tax

Pedro Sánchez vows that “Spaniards will never again” pay the levy, but experts warn that lenders will simply raise interest rates

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

Prosecutor tried to probe actor Willy Toledo’s comments about Easter week

The activist’s lawyer has expressed his outrage over the move, calling it “more in line with the parameters used at the time by the Spanish Inquisition”

LABOR DISPUTES

Ryanair sacks staff who staged photo of themselves sleeping on airport floor

The low-cost carrier claims that the image, which quickly went viral and appeared in the media, has caused “damage to the reputation of the company”

GABRIEL CRUZ MURDER CASE

Killer of Spanish child Gabriel Cruz to court: “I have lost everything”

Testimony has emerged from Ana Julia Quezada, the self-confessed killer of the eight-year-old boy in southern Spain, who was caught by police while moving his body

Dr. David B. Samadi health blog

The busy life of the prostate gland

The prostate is responsible for producing the fluid that makes up semen, filtering sperm and maintaining an erection

IMMIGRATION

17 migrants dead, 17 missing in worst tragedy in Strait of Gibraltar since 2009

A boat was shipwrecked near Barbate and another was found near the Spanish exclave city of Melilla with 13 bodies on board

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, November 7, 2018

MORTGAGES

After long debate, Supreme Court rules client must pay mortgage tax

In a 15 to 13 vote, justices from one of Spain’s top tribunals reversed a decision to make banks pay, triggering loud protests from society and calls for street demonstrations

CRIME

Violent graffiti artists overrun subway stations in Madrid and Barcelona

Groups of young vandals orchestrated a series of attacks on trains over the long weekend, spraying paint in the faces of two police officers and a pregnant woman