Spain Limits Air-Conditioning to Save Energy

The country this week became the latest to announce restrictions, in part to promote energy efficiency but also to reduce consumption of Russian gas.

#air-conditioning, #european-union, #heating, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #russian-invasion-of-ukraine-2022, #spain

Deep in a Covid Wave, Europe Counts Cases and Carries On

Even in countries that once took strict measures, the authorities are relying on vaccination and past infections to take the sting out of Omicron subvariants.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #czech-republic, #disease-rates, #europe, #france, #germany, #great-britain, #italy, #masks, #politics-and-government, #spain, #vaccination-and-immunization

Scenes of Devastation Emerge From a Fire-Ravaged Southwestern France

Two wildfires have ravaged nearly 80 square miles of forests, forcing 37,000 people to evacuate. The flames were fanned by a heat wave also feeding blazes in Greece, Portugal and Spain.

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Donde Dalí pintó el mar, se preparan unas turbinas eólicas

Los polémicos planes para instalar un parque eólico frente a la costa noreste de España forman parte de un tenso debate sobre dónde ubicar los nuevos proyectos de energías renovables en toda Europa.

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Dead but Not Buried, Angola’s Ex-President’s Body Sparks a Continental Fight

José Eduardo dos Santos ruled Angola for 38 years. But he died in Spain. A dispute over where to lay him to rest has divided his family and could decide the fate of his political party.

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The Deaths of Migrants in Melilla Is a Story We’ve Heard Before

The deaths of migrants in Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, is gut-wrenching.

#border-barriers, #deaths-fatalities, #melilla-spain, #migrants-environmental, #morocco, #sanchez-perez-castejon-pedro-1972, #spain

Preserving the Music of Morocco’s Sephardic Jews

For centuries after the expulsion from Spain, Morocco’s Sephardic Jewish women sang of love, loss and identity. Now, they’re almost all gone.

#jews-and-judaism, #morocco, #spain

Europe Greets Monkeypox With a Touch of Fatalism

With war raging in Ukraine, and the coronavirus still circulating, many in Europe say they have bigger worries than monkeypox. Some organizations, however, have raised concerns about stigma.

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As Monkeypox Cases Rise, Nations Are Urged to Examine Vaccine Stores

The United States has stockpiled millions of doses of two smallpox vaccines, also effective against monkeypox. But the outbreaks so far are clustered in other countries.

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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

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Monkeypox outbreak erupts; US, UK, Spain, Portugal, and more report cases

A 2003 photo of the arms and legs of a 4-year-old girl infected with monkeypox in Liberia.

Enlarge / A 2003 photo of the arms and legs of a 4-year-old girl infected with monkeypox in Liberia. (credit: Getty | BSIP)

A growing outbreak of monkeypox cases has spread across several countries, including the US, suggesting that the animal-transmitted disease that occurs in forested areas of Central and West Africa has been quietly spreading undetected.

So far, the US has reported one case in a Massachusetts man who had recently traveled to Canada, which, as of Thursday, reported 17 suspected cases in Montreal. The United Kingdom has identified nine cases, one of which is connected to recent travel to Nigeria, where monkeypox is endemic. But the other cases appear to have been infected within the UK and are all not linked to the travel-related case by contact or timing. Portugal is investigating more than 20 cases, Spain is reportedly investigating 23 cases, and Italy and Sweden have each reported at least one case.

Disease origins

Monkeypox is a relative of smallpox and produces similar symptoms, but it causes a milder disease than that of the eradicated virus. There are two clades of monkeypox: the West African clade and the Congo Basin clade. The West African clade, which is what has been detected in the UK, is the milder of the two. It is usually a self-limiting infection, though it can cause severe disease in some cases. The case fatality rate has been estimated at about 1 percent. The Congo Basin clade, meanwhile, has an estimated fatality rate of as high as 10 percent. For both clades, children are among those at high risk of severe disease, and infection can be particularly dangerous during pregnancy, causing complications, congenital conditions, and stillbirth.

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This Spanish Village Has More Booksellers Than School Pupils

Urueña, in northwestern Spain, has fought depopulation by reinventing itself as a literary hub. The full-time population is still just 100, but there are 11 shops selling books.

#book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #restoration-and-renovation, #spain, #spanish-language, #uruena, #valladolid-spain

World Cup 2022: What to Know as Teams Prepare for Qatar

The tournament doesn’t kick off until November. Here are the basics.

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Retired Doctor’s Protest Gets Attention of Spanish Banks

A campaign by a 78-year-old retired doctor with Parkinson’s disease against banks closing branches and moving services online resonates with a rapidly aging Spanish population.

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Poland Wins European Tree of the Year After Russia Is Banned

After Russia was banned from the European Tree of the Year competition, organizers reflected on how a celebration of trees became tangled up in global politics.

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Spain Endorses Morocco’s Plan for Governing Western Sahara

Madrid endorsed a plan for limited autonomy for the territory in northwestern Africa, but the change in policy was denounced by independence groups and could aggravate relations with Algeria.

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At Indian Wells, Spain’s Nadal and Alcaraz Meet in Men’s Semifinal

One is a champion many times over who is enjoying a late-career revival. The other is a newcomer overflowing with potential who is quickly closing the gap.

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Nadia Calviño, a Top Spanish Official, Wants More Women at the Decision-Making Table

Many of Spain’s leaders are female — evidence, Nadia Calviño says, of the “feminist society” that has emerged in her nation.

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Recreating a Family’s Lost Holocaust History, Step by Step

During the pandemic lockdown, when solitude dredged up the regret of missed opportunities, one writer hiked over the Pyrenees Mountains to better understand her father.

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Will It Croqueta? Miami Pushes the Limits of a Favorite Snack.

These creamy finger foods have come in flavors like ham, chicken or fish. But a new generation of chefs is experimenting.

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How Europeans Are Responding to Exorbitant Gas and Power Bills

High energy prices in Europe are upending people’s lives. While some are installing solar panels, others are stoking their wood-burning stoves.

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Wine School: New Wines From Old Spanish Vines

A younger generation of growers and producers looks to ancient vineyards and heritage grapes to give a new identity to Spanish red wines.

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Luxury Resort in Spain Must Be Demolished, Court Finds

The complex at Marina Isla de Valdecañas, which includes a four-star hotel, was in breach of environmental rules, the Spanish Supreme Court said.

#building-construction, #environment, #golf, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #spain

Travel in the Pandemic Can Be Liberating

With a willingness to be flexible, the rewards of the road still await.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #ireland, #quarantine-life-and-culture, #spain, #travel-and-vacations

‘Guernica’ Antiwar Tapestry to Be Rehung at U.N.

The canvas replica of Picasso’s painting, symbolizing war’s horrors, had been a photogenic fixture at the United Nations for decades before its owner, the Rockefeller family, removed it last year.

#art, #guterres-antonio, #manhattan-nyc, #national-trust-for-historic-preservation, #picasso-pablo, #rockefeller-family, #rockefeller-nelson-aldrich, #security-council-un, #spain, #spanish-civil-war-1936-39, #united-nations

What Museums Don’t Reveal About Religious Art

Two small exhibitions, one at the Met Cloisters, the other at the Wallach Art Gallery, bring the personal and political dynamics of devotional art to the fore.

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How a Nostalgic Novel About Spain’s Heartland Joined the Political Fray

Ana Iris Simón wrote “Feria” to depict a way of life she fears is vanishing. She didn’t expect its message to be embraced by conservatives in her country.

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Carlos Alcaraz Plays Matteo Berrettini at the Australian Open

Alcaraz is one of the most exciting next-generation talents in sports, and is the youngest player in the men’s draw at the Australian Open. He faces Matteo Berrettini in the third round.

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Undeterred by Omicron, Tourists Seek Sun in a Welcoming Spain

For decades, Spain has been a prime destination for European snowbirds. Even as the Omicron variant spreads, the country is keeping its doors wide open to visitors.

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The Omicron Shift in Europe: Pandemic or Endemic?

A number of governments have changed their approaches to the coronavirus to one that is more like how we treat the flu. Public health experts say it’s too soon to make that call.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #great-britain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #spain, #world-health-organization

Dorms Pop Up in Spain as More Students Seek Housing Away From Home

The country’s student population has become increasingly mobile, fueling investments in accommodations, largely funded by foreign capital.

#dormitories, #foreign-investments, #international-study-and-teaching, #malaga-spain, #real-estate-commercial, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #spain

Italian Mafia Fugitive Caught In Spain Thanks to Google Maps

Investigators had tracked the man to a town in Spain, and an image found online confirmed that the police were on the right track.

#computers-and-the-internet, #fugitives, #google-street-view, #google-maps, #italy, #organized-crime, #spain

A Spanish Mystery: Is a ‘Masked Restorer’ to Blame for a Church’s Botched Repair?

Yet another imprudent fix in a land plagued by vigilante handymen led to angry calls to find the culprit — and to a soul-searching question: Does Spain just have too much history in need of upkeep?

#architecture, #churches-buildings, #gimenez-cecilia, #spain, #vandalism

A Ghost Hotel Haunts the Spanish Coastline

For almost two decades, the hulk of a never-finished hotel has marred an idyllic coastline in southern Spain. Its fate remains cloudy, but the lesson is clear: It’s easier to damage the environment than to fix it.

#eco-tourism, #hotels-and-travel-lodgings, #spain, #travel-and-vacations

Will Juan Carlos, Spain’s Disgraced King, Get a Royal Homecoming?

In the years since Juan Carlos, Spain’s former king, fled the country to escape corruption investigations, some of the cases have been resolved or dropped. Now Spaniards are weighing whether they want him back.

#bribery-and-kickbacks, #immunity-from-prosecution, #juan-carlos-i-king-of-spain, #politics-and-government, #royal-families, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil

Pedro Almodóvar Is Still Making Movies That Shock

He built his reputation with raunchy farces. But in his new film, “Parallel Mothers,” the 72-year-old dredges up his country’s most painful history.

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Honeybees Survived for Weeks Under Volcano Ash After Canary Islands Eruption

For roughly 50 days, thousands of honeybees sealed themselves in their hives, away from deadly gas, and feasted on honey. “It is a very empowering story,” one entomologist said.

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Will High Vaccination Rates Help Spain Weather Omicron?

Spain surpassed others in Europe by avoiding politicized debate about Covid shots. Citizens also largely heeded the health guidance from their leaders.

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A Tale of Culinary Reconciliation, Beside the Eiffel Tower

Two decades ago, Spain was the new France, leading gastronomic innovation. Now two iconic chefs have joined forces in Paris.

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Playwright Is in Exile as Cuba Uses an Old Playbook to Quash Dissent

Yunior García, a rising star of the Cuban protest movement, fled to Spain. He is one of a young generation of artists who say they have chosen exile over imprisonment.

#cuba, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #garcia-yunior, #politics-and-government, #spain, #united-states-international-relations

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

New research is solving mysteries linked to the La Almoloya burial site and revealing a genetic history of an ancient European people.

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Europe Toughens Rules for Unvaccinated as Fourth Covid Wave Swells

Austria took the hardest line yet on Monday, beginning a lockdown aimed exclusively at those who are not inoculated, part of a pattern to make life harder for resisters.

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Spanish Police Seek Missing Plane Passengers After Emergency Landing

More than 20 people fled a Moroccan flight that diverted to Mallorca after a passenger apparently fell ill. A dozen had yet to be found.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #airport-security, #airports, #fugitives, #majorca-spain, #spain

On Spain’s Camino de Santiago, Even Óscar the Donkey Is a Pilgrim

An artist and an innkeeper have enlisted the help of a burro in their effort to rescue the traditions of Spain’s ancient pilgrimage route from mass tourism (and selfies).

#donkeys, #galicia-spain, #irene-garcia-ines, #pilgrimages, #roman-catholic-church, #santiago-de-compostela-spain, #shoes-and-boots, #spain

Living on the Edge, Literally: Homes Perched on Cliffs

It takes some creative engineering — and a bit of daredevil spirit — to build a house that is truly waterside.

#architecture, #beirut-lebanon, #engineering-and-engineers, #greece, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #rock-and-stone, #spain

Behind a Top Female Name in Spanish Crime Fiction: Three Men

Carmen Mola, a novelist publishing under a pen name, seemed to shatter a glass ceiling in the world of Spanish books. But when the author’s true identity was revealed while claiming a big prize, it was a shock.

#awards-decorations-and-honors, #book-trade-and-publishing, #books-and-literature, #madrid-spain, #names-personal, #spain, #spanish-language, #women-and-girls, #writing-and-writers

Spanish Court Agrees to Extradite Former Venezuela Spy Chief to U.S.

Hugo Carvajal, once a prominent figure in the government of the Venezuelan leader Nicolás Maduro, faces drug-trafficking charges in the United States.

#carvajal-hugo, #drug-abuse-and-traffic, #extradition, #fugitives, #madrid-spain, #maduro-nicolas, #politics-and-government, #spain, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #venezuela

How a Stunning Lagoon in Spain Turned Into ‘Green Soup’

Tons of dead fish have washed ashore in recent years from the Mar Menor, a once-crystalline lagoon on the Mediterranean coast that has become choked with algae. Farm pollution is mostly blamed.

#agriculture-and-farming, #fertilizer, #mediterranean-sea, #politics-and-government, #spain, #water-pollution, #wildlife-die-offs

The Body Collector of Spain: When Migrants Die at Sea, He Gets Them Home

Martín Zamora, the owner of a funeral parlor near Gibraltar, has found an unusual line of business among the relatives of those who drown trying to reach Europe.

#drownings, #funerals-and-memorials, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #maritime-accidents-and-safety, #mediterranean-sea, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #morgues-and-mortuaries, #morocco, #spain

In Debate Over Conquistadors 500 Years Ago, Spanish Right Sees an Opportunity

Spanish politicians sparred with Pope Francis over their country’s role in conquering the Americas, signaling a nationalist tilt in the conservative establishment.

#columbus-day, #madrid-spain, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #politics-and-government, #popular-party-spain, #roman-catholic-church, #spain, #vox-spanish-political-party