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About 8,000 people have been evacuated from their homes in Gran Canaria as firefighters battle a wildfire. The blaze, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda, is advancing on several fronts, propelled by high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity. Sixteen planes and helicopters as well as more than 700 firefighters are working to contain flames of up to 50 metres

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Firefighters on Spanish island say blaze is out of control and spreading on several fronts

About 9,000 people have been evacuated from their homes on Gran Canaria in Spain’s Canary Islands, where firefighters are battling a wildfire that has burned more than 23 square miles of land.

More than 700 firefighters supported by 11 helicopters and five aeroplanes are struggling to contain the fire, which began on Saturday near the town of Tejeda and is advancing on several fronts, propelled by a combination of high temperatures, strong winds and low humidity.

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Anonymous investors have launched a hostile €25m bid for Sóller’s locally owned heritage train link to Palma

Indignant residents of the Mallorcan town of Sóller have said their railway is not for sale after a group of investors launched a hostile takeover bid.

The town has been linked to the capital, Palma, with a picturesque narrow-gauge railway since 1912. The train, with its wooden carriages, has been in continuous use ever since, climbing 200 metres and passing through 13 tunnels on its 27km journey.

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Estimates put total around 2,000 but vehicles remain in regulatory vacuum

Barcelona city council has announced it is to take action against the mostly unlicensed rickshaws that have proliferated on the city’s streets in recent years, which some estimates put as high as 2,000.

“Barcelona isn’t Bombay,” said Jaume Collboni, the deputy mayor. “We have cycle lanes that are for bicycles, pavements for pedestrians and we aspire to having a respectful and quality tourism model.”

Related: Outdoor smoking ban escalates war over Barcelona's restaurant terraces

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To protect itself from destructive flooding, the city has built a park designed to store and recycle rainwater

In Alicante it never rains but it pours. The city in southeast Spain goes without rain for months on end, but when it comes it’s torrential, bringing destructive and sometimes fatal flooding.

Or at least, it used to. In San Juan, a low-lying area of the city, authorities have built a new park with a twist. Called La Marjal, it serves as a typical recreation area and a nature reserve – but its primary purpose is to store, and then recycle, rainwater.

Related: 'For me, this is paradise': life in the Spanish city that banned cars

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A ‘sport’ that went out of fashion after Franco is the axis of a new cultural battle as nationalism seeks to re-establish itself

Last Friday, after a brief prohibition, bullfighting returned to Mallorca. The bullfight was well attended and it was met with a demonstration by a large group of animal rights protesters. To drown out the demonstrators, Cara al Sol (Facing the Sun) – the anthem of the Spanish fascist party, the Falange – was played over the loudspeakers. What exactly is going on here?

The cult of the bull on the Iberian peninsula goes back millennia, but bullfights are a more recent phenomenon. They date to the 18th century when Felipe V, the first of the Bourbon kings, banned and disparaged bullfighting by the aristocracy. Old-style bullfighting – nobles on horseback fighting bulls with lances – died out, giving rise to a new type of bullfighting, on foot and practised by the common people.

Related: Fascist anthem played as bullfighting returns to Mallorca

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Allegations ‘deeply troubling’ – I believed my relationships were consensual, says opera star

The opera singer Plácido Domingo has been accused by several women of sexual harassment.

Eight singers and a dancer said they were sexually harassed by the Spanish tenor in incidents that spanned three decades from the late 1980s, Associated Press reported.

Related: Operalia: how Plácido Domingo put the x factor into opera

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Far-right Vox leader shows support while animal welfare activists protest

Hundreds of animal rights activists protested outside the bullring in Palma de Mallorca at the weekend as bullfighting returned to the island for the first time since it was outlawed in 2017.

Around 400 protestors chanted: “It’s not art, it’s torture” and “No to bullfighting”, while inside the ring 12,000 people waited to watch some of Spain’s top toreros (bullfighters) enter the ring.

Related: Anti-bullfighting party set for Spanish election breakthrough

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A huge fire broke out on the holiday island of Gran Canaria on Saturday. Hundreds of people were evacuated as the flames burned though 900 hectares of forest 

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Accused initially face lesser charge of sexual abuse over incident in Spanish resort

Five French men accused of gang-raping a Norwegian woman in a holiday apartment in the Spanish resort of Benidorm have been charged with sexual abuse.

The men, all aged 18 or 19, were arrested on Wednesday, Spanish police said, after a medical centre visited by the 20-year-old woman had alerted authorities in the early hours of the morning.

Related: The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain’s feminists – and the far right

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Restaurateurs say ban on top of new regulations on outdoor space threatens their survival – while residents claim the city’s real issues are being ignored

Enjoying a refreshing drink or a cup of coffee on the sunlit terrace of a bar or restaurant is a cherished pastime in Barcelona – and a fundamental feature of Mediterranean life.

“Terraces are part of who we are and how we live,” says Roger Pallarols, president of the Barcelona restaurateurs association. “For many people, the terrace is like their living room, especially as most of us don’t live in large apartments. If France is Europe’s kitchen, Spain is its terrace.”

They haven’t listened to residents at all and they’ve allowed the restaurant industry to regulate aspects of public space

If you take away the terraces that deprives us of the income we need to make in summer to keep paying staff over the winter

Related: 'Tourists go home, refugees welcome': why Barcelona chose migrants over visitors

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Men, all aged between 18 and 19, are alleged to have attacked Norwegian woman aged 20

Five French tourists have been arrested on suspicion of gang-raping a 20-year-old Norwegian woman in the Costa Blanca resort of Benidorm, Spanish police have said.

Sexual violence has gained prominence as an issue in social and political campaigning in Spain in recent years, notably after five Spaniards calling themselves the “wolf pack” were accused of gang-raping a young woman at the San Fermín bull-running festival in 2016. Their initial light prison sentences sparked mass protests across the country.

Related: The shocking rape trial that galvanised Spain’s feminists – and the far right

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NGO director appeals directly to France, Germany and Spain after Italy and Malta spurn boat

A rescue ship carrying 121 migrants in the Mediterranean has called on the French, German and Spanish governments to intervene after Italy and Malta denied it access to their ports.

The Open Arms ship, which is operated by the Spanish-based NGO Proactiva Open Arms, has been in international waters for eight days. Among those on board are 32 children, including nine-month-old twins.

Related: UN refugee chief: I would risk death to escape a squalid migrant camp

Related: ‘My crew saved 218 migrants from drowning – so why are we the enemy?’

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Aviation organisations back workers and say problem of toxic cabin air is common

Aviation unions have praised British Airway pilots and cabin crew for landing their plane safely and evacuating all passengers after their aircraft filled with smoke.

One of the unions called for an inquiry into the incident in which nearly 200 people had to be evacuated from a British Airways flight after smoke poured into the cabin minutes before it was due to land in Valencia on Monday. Three people were taken to hospital after the incident and each was later discharged.

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Nearly 200 people were evacuated from a British Airways flight after smoke poured into the cabin minutes before it was due to land in Valencia. Three people were taken to hospital after the incident on Monday and were later discharged

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Footage shows the man tipping the fridge down ravine in Valle de Almanzora

A man who was caught on film fly-tipping a fridge down a ravine in southern Spain has been fined and forced to drag it back up after being identified by police.

The video went viral after the man, who works for a company that recycles domestic electronic equipment in Olula del Río in Almería was seen tipping the fridge in the Valle de Almanzora. In the video, the man and his companion who filmed the incident can be heard joking, “recycling, let’s go, let’s see how many flips it can do”.

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Nearly 200 people evacuated and three taken to hospital after landing in Valencia

Nearly 200 people had to be evacuated from a British Airways flight after smoke poured into the cabin minutes before it was due to land in Valencia.

Three people were taken to hospital after the incident on Monday, and each was later discharged.

Intentamos salir pero no funciona nada!!! atrapados pero van a abrir la puerta!!!Hemos aterrizado en Manises @British_Airways pic.twitter.com/917WOKL4yO

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A man who joked about recycling as he tipped a fridge over a cliff was made to haul it back up by Spanish authorities, who then shared footage of his labour on social media. He was fined €45,000 (£41,000) and ordered to collect the fridge and dispose of it correctly, AUGC Guardia Civil tweeted

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Spain is gripped by the question of whether or not the vegetable is a vital ingredient of gazpacho soup

Wounds Jamie Oliver inflicted three years ago when he added chorizo to rice and called it paella remain raw, while hopes of an end to the war over whether onions belong in a tortilla de patatas seem as forlorn as ever.

But as Spain endures a particularly sweltering summer, the debate has turned to the country’s best-known antidote to the heat and, specifically, the question of whether cucumber has any place in a deliciously cooling bowl of gazpacho.

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Antonio de la Torre is magnetic as a politician at the centre of a web of betrayal in Rodrigo Sorogoyen’s slow-burn thriller

This is one of those rare films that starts as a slog but grows progressively more engrossing as it develops. It finally delivers a wallop of a finale, a concluding 15 minutes crackling with suspense and left-field twists – but it’s really quite hard work at first, presenting a bewildering blizzard of dialogue that largely obscures what the hell is going on. It starts by introducing an enigmatic assemblage of shadowy politicians noshing and joshing together in a Spanish seaside restaurant. Gradually, party apparatchik Manuel (the intensely watchable Antonio de la Torre, whose middle-aged features are carved with dimples and oddly angled worry lines) emerges as the protagonist of an offbeat crime thriller seemingly set 10 or 15 years ago, when Blackberries were the upper-middle-class smartphone of choice and iPhones were just coming on to the market.

The technology is significant, coming into play as assorted means of surveillance are deployed by Manuel and his confederates to blackmail and betray each other. The contours of the corruption they have colluded in together become clearer as details leak out, although by the end some may still be wondering what exactly the bad things were that these guys did.

The Candidate is released in the UK on 2 August

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