The dark side of the Caribbean

The coastal area shared by Mexico, Guatemala and Belize is one of the most porous and little-known regions in the southern America border. Via three feature articles – in Xcalak, a remote Mexican village that lives off the cocaine that washes up from the sea; in Blue Creek, the powerful economic engine of the Mennonites; and in Puerto Barrios, the dark Guatemalan port in the Atlantic – this special report describes the enigmatic reality that exists just a stone’s throw from some of the biggest tourist attractions in the world

SUMMER FIRES

Wildfire in Tarragona burns out of control after razing more than 4,000 hectares

Authorities say the blaze broke out when manure spontaneously combusted on a farm in Torre de l’Espanyol

CARTOONS

El Roto

El Roto cartoon, June 27, 2019

SPANISH MEDIA

Basque politician refuses to condemn ETA violence during interview on public TV channel

The controversial broadcast with Arnaldo Otegi has led to calls from right-wing parties for the head of RTVE, Rosa María Mateo, to resign

POLITICS

Acting Spanish PM may head to investiture vote without support of Unidas Podemos

The leader of the anti-austerity party, Pablo Iglesias, warned that Pedro Sánchez will not have enough votes to be sworn in on the first round of voting, which is likely to take place on July 16

CRIME

Spanish women arrested after reporting to police that their hitman had ripped them off

The bizarre series of events unfolded in Madrid, after a mother and her daughter sought to put a contract out on a man who had swindled them out of €60,000