INTERNATIONAL AID

Spanish aid worker freed in Afghanistan after month-long ordeal

Small-time criminal gang behind the kidnapping, says Afghan government

MUNICIPAL POLITICS

Barcelona and Madrid’s new mayors are best-rated politicians in their cities

Leftist leaders Ada Colau and Manuela Carmena earn highest approval ratings in CIS poll

TRAFFIC SAFETY

Summer deaths on Spanish roads rise for first time since 2006

But the number of traffic victims has still dropped drastically since late 1980s

PYROTECHNICS TRAGEDY

At least six dead in explosion at Zaragoza fireworks factory

Six others have been injured – three of them seriously – following the blast

Festival row

Matisyahu confirms he will perform at Spanish festival that banned him

Jewish singer’s gig had been canceled by Rototom under pressure from anti-Israel group

Spanish government criticizes music festival’s ban on Jewish US singer

Ministry says request for Matisyahu to make a political statement “violates the conscience”

Row erupts over canceling of Jewish US musician’s festival performance

Matisyahu says Rototom tried to “coerce” him into stating position on Israel-Palestine

HEATWAVE

Four people in Spain hospitalized after suffering heat strokes

40ºC+ temperatures expected to last until mid-July in central and southwestern Spain

LAW ENFORCEMENT

Twitter helps Spanish police make more than 800 drug arrests

Narcotics officers have received 35,000 tip-offs since launching internet campaign in 2012

MARRIAGE EQUALITY

A decade after legalization, same-sex weddings make up less than 2% of total

More than 30,000 couples have tied the knot since Spain passed its 2005 gay marriage law

More than just politicians

Almost 70 percent of members of Spain’s Congress have another job

Two women fight to avoid jail over seven-year-old credit card crime

Pair get two-year sentences for spending €857 with a stolen Visa, but now lead lawful lives

Caregiver arrested for swindling her ward out of €500,000 inheritance

The victim was left in complete destitution while the suspect splurged on luxury items

SURVEY

Four out of five Spaniards feel economy is “same” or “worse”

Latest CIS poll shows concern about corruption has dropped seven points in a month

Spain: a nation of sun, soccer, bullfights — and the crisis

Survey shows country’s recent economic woes now form part of its international image

PM’s chief of staff takes home highest government salary, website reveals

New transparency project lists yearly payments to ministers, secretaries of state and PM

Spain gets passing grade in public sector corruption index

Report places Spain 37th out of 175 countries, three positions higher than last year

Spain’s answer to Walter White?

Authorities arrest a retired chemistry teacher who was producing amphetamines

NÓOS CORRUPTION CASE

The making of a royal scandal

The key events that led to Spain’s Infanta Cristina facing trial for tax fraud

EBOLA IN SPAIN

Health workers demand resignations over Ebola infection

“We did not have the infrastructure to deal with a virus of this importance,” says labor union

Second Spanish missionary dies of Ebola

Manuel García Viejo, who was being treated in Spain, became infected in Sierra Leone

Ebola patient brought to Madrid hospital

Manuel García-Viejo is the second Spanish missionary to be flown home for treatment

The Spaniards defying ebola in Africa

Engineers, entrepreneurs and missionaries hope that safety measures will spare them from virus

Spanish priest infected with Ebola virus “stable” but “slightly disoriented”

Miguel Pajares will be taken to Carlos III hospital for special treatment in isolation