Denholm Barnetson

Tent city springs up in Spanish quake aftermath

Thousands of tents were pitched for evacuees after a 5.1-magnitude quake smashed through an historic Spanish city, killing nine and injuring 130.

World Cup boosts Africa tourism

The Soccer World Cup and the "Obama effect" of a US president of African heritage has sparked a surge in interest in Africa as a tourist destination.

Global fuel protests escalate

Auto plants in Spain were paralysed and Portugal's main airport banned planes from refuelling on Wednesday on a third day of strikes by thousands of truckers.

EU, African leaders seek new era

Leaders of Europe and Africa opened a landmark summit on Saturday designed to forge a new partnership of equals, but with strains showing over trade and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe's presence. ''We are here ... to write a new page in the history of Europe and Africa,'' Portuguese Prime Minister Jose Socrates said in an inaugural address.

Judge finds 21 guilty of Madrid bombings

A Spanish court on Wednesday convicted 21 people of involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, but acquitted a man accused of helping mastermind the al-Qaeda-inspired attack that claimed nearly 200 lives. The heaviest sentences were handed out to two Moroccans and a Spaniard, Jose Emilio Suarez Trashorras.

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