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Greece PM to begin rescue mission ahead of confidence vote

Greece's Lucas Papademos will seek to take advantage of a rare political truce to push austerity and radical reform and stave off bankruptcy.

ETA blamed for car bomb at Spanish barracks

A car bomb exploded outside a Civil Guard barracks in the northern Spanish city of Burgos early on Wednesday, injuring 46 people.

Ballesteros stable after brain-tumour operation

Seve Ballesteros was in a stable condition after an operation on Tuesday to remove a brain tumour, the Spanish golfer's doctors said on Wednesday.

Spanish beaches busy, but tourist spending down

While Spain's beaches are still busy, shops and restaurants at its resorts are ominously quiet.

Europe’s glitter turns to dust for African migrants

For five years, Paul James hitched, trekked and drove to get away from his native West Africa. He survived the Sahara, begged on the streets of Morocco and crossed the Mediterranean in a rubber dinghy to reach what he thought was the promised land. Now in Madrid, he lives on the streets, along with thousands of other Africans in Europe whose journeys in search of new lives have ended in misery.

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