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/ 12 November 2007

Digging up a fascist past

They dug up yet another mass grave in Spain recently, this time near the village of Arandiga, 45 miles from Zaragoza. The bones of eight men, all trade unionists, lay where they had been hurriedly buried more than 70 years ago in the early days of the civil war. They had been shot at the same spot by supporters of General Francisco Franco.

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/ 12 March 2007

New juice for Spanish cars

The orange groves of Valencia could soon be powering Spanish cars as a new technology is developed to turn the fruit’s thick, shiny peel into biofuel. In a region with 190 000ha covered with oranges and lemons, citric-powered cars could reduce pollution while using a readily available source of energy, according to local officials.

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/ 27 November 2006

Spanish crime video backfires

A video designed to highlight rising crime under Spain’s Socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, has backfired on the opposition People’s Party after television news pictures used in it turned out to have been filmed abroad or before Zapatero came to power.

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/ 18 October 2002

Nobel cheat

A literary storm has broken in Spain, where Camilo Jose Cela, winner of the 1989 Nobel Prize for Literature, has been accused of regularly using ghostwriters for most of his career, writes Giles Tremlett.

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/ 7 June 2002

A new route to asylum

The last time Mercy Stewin saw her native Africa she was standing knee-deep in water, keeping herself steady against the waves as they rolled up the beach, where the Sahara desert meets the ocean. Nineteen other people from all over Africa were packed into the boat.

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/ 13 December 2001

The Spanish connection

In 1940 two suspected FBI agents turned up in southern Spain looking for a birth certificate. Could this document have held a secret Walt Disney was desperate to hide? As the Disney corporation celebrates its founder’s centenary, Giles Tremlett visits the town that believes Uncle Walt is one of the family.