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‘Toledo Turbo’ holds Spain's most Guinness world records: What, how and why?
Scholar at Taiwan's Academia Sinica explores early Spanish-Japanese relations - 2020-11-21
Atlético in pole position after beating Barça, Madrid slip
Spanish rider in death-defying dodging crawl after Moto2 World Championship crash
The Spanish Icon Who Transformed the Fortunes of Real Madrid
Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona: Morbid night at the Metropolitano
Laliga Hails Chukwueze’s  Impact In Villarreal’s Draw Vs Real Madrid
Injury-hit Real Madrid held in Villarreal
CRE-Finance Announces Credit Line Program
The Second Wave of Coronavirus Won't Be Like the Second Wave of Spanish Flu Interest
Nigerian star inspires top European club to crucial draw against Real Madrid
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Spain to send more police to Senegal to curb illegal migration, says foreign minister
BREAKING: Spain’s Andalucia to keep current coronavirus measures in place until December 10 with slight changes
Spain to begin vaccination programme in January, Sanchez says
Atletico edge past Barca to earn title boost as Real Madrid held
Cristiano Ronaldo transfer statement made after Real Madrid return link
La Liga: Real Madrid held by Villarreal
Cristiano Ronaldo 'looking to build bridges with Real Madrid'
Eazley Releases Babylon Weak on Watership Rec's
After Making Headlines In Spain, Akrobeto Brags That He Is The Biggest Sports Journalist
Italy, Greece and Spain need more help on migration, EU
La Liga: Yannick Carrasco Gifts Atletico Madrid 1-0 Win over Barcelona
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Plans to build large green hydrogen project in Spain
Spain to unveil COVID-19 plan on Tuesday as Sanchez announces ‘substantial part’ of population will be vaccinated by mid 2021
Ancient Madrid market reopens amid debate over virus rules
Madrid's flea market, El Rastro, shrinks a little for reopening
Muller open to Germany return as Low urged to recall Bayern icon after 6-0 Spain thrashing
The Spanish Icon Who Changed Real Madrid's Fortunes Times
MxHero's Mail2Cloud Content Security Technology Available On UK G-Cloud Digital Marketplace
Spain’s Embassy in Morocco Alerts Travelers of PCR Test Requirement
Spain will start vaccination programme in January, Prime Minister Sanchez says
Sociedad stays in good form to take 3-point lead in Spain
Adepoju praises Real Madrid despite missing the leadership of Ramos
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
BREXPATS IN SPAIN: Driving licences, bank accounts and health cards on the agenda
Ancient Madrid market reopens amid debate over...
Spanish PM: Spain to begin vaccination program in January
Spain to begin vaccination programme in January, Sanchez says
Spanish banks seek mergers as outlook darkens
Holidays in the Time of COVID-19
Zidane snaps at critics after Real Madrid drops La Liga points
Archaeologists find 4,500 skeletons at 8th-century burial ground in north east Spain
Why so many earthquakes on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca with a ‘Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On’?
The quest to save a dying Spanish dialect in Colorado’s San Luis Valley: “A treasure that exists nowhere else in the world”
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
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Europe Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to potential risks of travel to and throughout Europe following several terrorist attacks, including the March 22 attacks in Brussels claimed by ISIL.

Terrorist groups continue to plan near-term attacks throughout Europe, targeting sporting events, tourist sites, restaurants, and transportation.  This Travel Alert expires on June 20, 2016.

U.S. citizens should exercise vigilance when in public places or using mass transportation. Be aware of immediate surroundings and avoid crowded places. Exercise particular caution during religious holidays and at large festivals or events.

U.S. citizens should also: 

  • Follow the instructions of local authorities, especially in an emergency.
  • Monitor media and local information sources and factor updated information into personal travel plans and activities.
  • Be prepared for additional security screening and unexpected disruptions.
  • Stay in touch with your family members and ensure they know how to reach you in the event of an emergency.
  • Register in our Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

European governments continue to guard against terrorist attacks and conduct raids to disrupt plots. We work closely with our allies and will continue to share information with our European partners that will help identify and counter terrorist threats.

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Republic of Congo Travel Alert
The State Department alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to The Republic of the Congo regarding the upcoming presidential elections scheduled for March 20.

U.S. citizens should maintain a high level of security awareness due to the potential for political unrest leading up to, during, and following the election period.  This Travel Alert expires on April 15, 2016.

 

Political protests and demonstrations may occur in this timeframe. Although there is no indication that U.S. citizens may be targets of violence, U.S. citizens should avoid political rallies, polling centers, demonstrations, and crowds of any kind as gatherings intended to be peaceful can turn violent.  Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates, including any changes in the election schedule.  Presidential election results are expected to be announced within a week of the election.

For more information:

  • See the State Department's travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information for Congo.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. 
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Brazzaville, located at 70-83 Boulevard Denis Sassou Nguesso, Brazzaville, Congo, at +242-06-612-2000, 8.00 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. from Monday - Thursday; 8.00 a.m. to 12.00 p.m. on Friday. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is (+242) 06-612-2010.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season - 2015 - 2016
The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to the South Pacific region about the ongoing threat of tropical cyclones affecting the area.

While tropical cyclones in the South Pacific may occur throughout the year, the current South Pacific Tropical Cyclone Season begins on November 1, 2015, and ends April 30, 2016.  U.S. citizens living in or traveling to the region should monitor local weather reports and take other appropriate action as needed.  This Travel Alert expires on April 30, 2016.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recommends that people living or traveling in regions prone to tropical storms and tropical cyclones be prepared.  For further information about tropical cyclone preparedness, please visit NOAA's Tropical Cyclones Preparedness Guide.

Tropical cyclones can create dangerous and uncomfortable conditions that can prevent travel for days.  Tropical cyclones are often accompanied by damaging winds, high tides and flooding.  If you are living near or staying close to the ocean or other bodies of water, you may be at higher risk.  Landslides and mudslides are also a serious concern.  Roads can be washed out or obstructed by debris, adversely affecting access to airports and land routes out of affected areas.  In the past, many U.S. citizens were forced to delay travel (including return travel to the United States) due to infrastructure damage to airports and limited flight availability.  You should be aware that you may not be able to depart the area for 24-48 hours or longer, particularly if you are residing in or visiting a South Pacific island country where air travel service is limited. 

Be sure to check with local authorities for safety and security updates.  Reports of looting and sporadic violence in the aftermath of natural disasters have occurred.  Security personnel and medical services may not always be readily available, as weather conditions or damage to infrastructure may delay or prevent emergency assistance.

If you live in or travel to these areas during the tropical cyclone season, we recommend you obtain travel insurance to cover unexpected expenses during an emergency.  If a situation requires an evacuation from an overseas location, the U.S. Department of State may work with commercial airlines to ensure that U.S. citizens can depart as safely and efficiently as possible.  Commercial airlines are the Department's primary source of transportation in an evacuation; other means of transport are utilized only as a last resort, are often more expensive, and will provide you with fewer destination options.  U.S. law requires that any evacuation costs are your responsibility.  For those in financial need, the U.S. Department of State has the authority to provide crisis evacuation and repatriation loans on a reimbursable basis.  For more information, please visit the Emergencies Abroad page on our website.   

If you live in or are traveling to storm-prone regions, prepare for hurricanes and tropical storms by organizing a kit in a waterproof container that includes a supply of bottled water, non-perishable food items, a battery-powered or hand-crank radio, any medications taken regularly, and vital documents (especially your passport and other identification).  Emergency shelters often provide only very basic resources and may have limited medical and food supplies.  NOAA and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) have additional tips on their websites.

Monitor local radio, local media, and the National Weather Service to be aware of weather developments.  Minor tropical cyclones can develop into typhoons very quickly, limiting the time available for a safe evacuation.  Inform family and friends of your whereabouts and remain in close contact with your tour operator, hotel staff, transportation providers (airlines, cruise lines, etc.), and local officials for evacuation instructions during a weather emergency.

For further information on tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, please consult the Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Honolulu the National Weather Service's Central Pacific Hurricane Center, Fiji's regional meteorological center responsible for tropical cyclone warnings in the South Pacific region, or the Government of Australia's Bureau of Meteorology.

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Current News in Spain
  • ‘Toledo Turbo’ holds Spain's most Guinness world records: What, how and why?
  • Scholar at Taiwan's Academia Sinica explores early Spanish-Japanese relations - 2020-11-21
  • Atlético in pole position after beating Barça, Madrid slip
  • Spanish rider in death-defying dodging crawl after Moto2 World Championship crash
  • The Spanish Icon Who Transformed the Fortunes of Real Madrid
  • Atletico Madrid 1-0 Barcelona: Morbid night at the Metropolitano
  • Laliga Hails Chukwueze’s  Impact In Villarreal’s Draw Vs Real Madrid
  • Injury-hit Real Madrid held in Villarreal
  • CRE-Finance Announces Credit Line Program
  • The Second Wave of Coronavirus Won't Be Like the Second Wave of Spanish Flu Interest
  • Nigerian star inspires top European club to crucial draw against Real Madrid
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Spain to send more police to Senegal to curb illegal migration, says foreign minister
  • BREAKING: Spain’s Andalucia to keep current coronavirus measures in place until December 10 with slight changes
  • Spain to begin vaccination programme in January, Sanchez says
  • Atletico edge past Barca to earn title boost as Real Madrid held
  • Cristiano Ronaldo transfer statement made after Real Madrid return link
  • La Liga: Real Madrid held by Villarreal
  • Cristiano Ronaldo 'looking to build bridges with Real Madrid'
  • Eazley Releases Babylon Weak on Watership Rec's
  • After Making Headlines In Spain, Akrobeto Brags That He Is The Biggest Sports Journalist
  • Italy, Greece and Spain need more help on migration, EU
  • La Liga: Yannick Carrasco Gifts Atletico Madrid 1-0 Win over Barcelona
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Plans to build large green hydrogen project in Spain
  • Spain to unveil COVID-19 plan on Tuesday as Sanchez announces ‘substantial part’ of population will be vaccinated by mid 2021
  • Ancient Madrid market reopens amid debate over virus rules
  • Madrid's flea market, El Rastro, shrinks a little for reopening
  • Muller open to Germany return as Low urged to recall Bayern icon after 6-0 Spain thrashing
  • The Spanish Icon Who Changed Real Madrid's Fortunes Times
  • MxHero's Mail2Cloud Content Security Technology Available On UK G-Cloud Digital Marketplace
  • Spain’s Embassy in Morocco Alerts Travelers of PCR Test Requirement
  • Spain will start vaccination programme in January, Prime Minister Sanchez says
  • Sociedad stays in good form to take 3-point lead in Spain
  • Adepoju praises Real Madrid despite missing the leadership of Ramos
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • BREXPATS IN SPAIN: Driving licences, bank accounts and health cards on the agenda
  • Ancient Madrid market reopens amid debate over...
  • Spanish PM: Spain to begin vaccination program in January
  • Spain to begin vaccination programme in January, Sanchez says
  • Spanish banks seek mergers as outlook darkens
  • Holidays in the Time of COVID-19
  • Zidane snaps at critics after Real Madrid drops La Liga points
  • Archaeologists find 4,500 skeletons at 8th-century burial ground in north east Spain
  • Why so many earthquakes on Spain’s Costa del Sol and Costa Blanca with a ‘Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On’?
  • The quest to save a dying Spanish dialect in Colorado’s San Luis Valley: “A treasure that exists nowhere else in the world”
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Spain Public Safety And Homeland Security Market- Future Scope, Demands And Projected Market Growth Till 2023
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