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6 December 1978: Spain ratifies Constitution of 1978
EU warns Spain for NOT acting on ‘radiation directive’, meaning increased lung cancer risks for thousands
Amaechi blasts IPOB, reveals what really happened in Madrid, Spain
Specsavers launches ‘food for those in need’ campaign on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and in Mallorca
Amaechi punctures IPOB’s propaganda on Madrid attack
IPOB didn’t beat me in Spain, says Amaechi 
Real Madrid ease past Espanyol
Take Kubo, on loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid, returns to Barcelona
bG Gallery Hosts Exciting Solo Exhibition; "Give Us The Wind" by Ryan Schude
Attack on Amaechi in Spain: Nigerian govt has a word of advise for its citizens
This is how I escaped attack in Spain - Rotimi Amaechi
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Picasso, Lorca, Capa … art reveals fate of exiles who fled Franco’s Spain
‘I wasn’t beaten by IPOB members in Spain’ -Amaechi
Madrid Top Espanyol to Move to Top in Spanish League
IPOB didn’t beat me in Spain, says Amaechi
Become Bilingual With These Top Online Spanish Classes
Spanish duo presents spell-bounding performances
Rafael Nadal is a leader but Spanish team needs to be credited for success - Muguruza
Global Personal Finance Software Market 2019 Industry Analysis, Opportunities, Segmentation & Forecast To 2026
Fulbright ETA awarded to biochemistry and Spanish senior Camden Schinnerer
Real Madrid Tops Espanyol, Moves Back into 1st in LaLiga
Real Madrid's Eden Hazard has muscle tear, doubtful for clásico
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
La Liga 2019-20: Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0, go to top
SPENDING IN SPAIN: It’s tougher saving than shopping, but you’ll be investing in your future, writes Jonathan Holdaway
WARNING: Thief robs €1,000 from retired British expat using THIS simple cash machine scam that ‘targets elderly’ on Spain’s Costa del Sol
British parents arrested as baby NEARLY DIES on Spain’s Costa del Sol after eating their cannabis stash
Spain’s Costa del Sol treated to new exhibition by genius American photographer Lee Miller
Exclusive interview with 60s Carry On icon and two-time Bond girl Valerie Leon who is hanging out with British expats in Spain’s Andalucia
NextBlock Conference Asia - Platinum Sponsor: Inter Blockchain Group
€30m Irish-Spanish TV fund seeks next Big Bang Theory  
After two more gangland killings, Giles Brown calls for end to violence in Marbella and on Spain’s Costa del Sol
Tancrede de Pola looks ahead to brighter days after a tricky 2019 for mortgages in Spain
Goals & Assists U21 Players La Liga : Only Real Madrid Loanee Statistically Better Than Chukwueze
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Optimism as Madrid climate talks enter crucial stage
Real Madrid 'to offer Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in exchange for Paul Pogba'
In a new monthly column on the trials of learning Spanish, Charlie Smith makes a lasting impression on his first profesora
Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers, Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, discusses capital gains tax mitigation when selling property in Spain
SPECIAL REPORT: How €680 million of Junta de Andalucia cash was embezzled in ERE scandal, Spain’s biggest EVER public money corruption case
Senate policy briefing called for recognition of the alternative to the Iranian regime
Environment Minister to address COP25 Session in Spain
Cruel summer for home sales in Spain, writes Mark Stucklin, but the double-digit decline was probably just a blip
“Messi Will Never Retrire”: How the Spanish Press Reacted To Barcelona Star’s Ballon d’Or Hat Trick
Review- Spanish fare shines at Solera -Restaurants
Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
Sánchez oldest player with Spanish league hat trick at 38
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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
  • 6 December 1978: Spain ratifies Constitution of 1978
  • EU warns Spain for NOT acting on ‘radiation directive’, meaning increased lung cancer risks for thousands
  • Amaechi blasts IPOB, reveals what really happened in Madrid, Spain
  • Specsavers launches ‘food for those in need’ campaign on Spain’s Costa del Sol, Costa Blanca and in Mallorca
  • Amaechi punctures IPOB’s propaganda on Madrid attack
  • IPOB didn’t beat me in Spain, says Amaechi 
  • Real Madrid ease past Espanyol
  • Take Kubo, on loan at Mallorca from Real Madrid, returns to Barcelona
  • bG Gallery Hosts Exciting Solo Exhibition; "Give Us The Wind" by Ryan Schude
  • Attack on Amaechi in Spain: Nigerian govt has a word of advise for its citizens
  • This is how I escaped attack in Spain - Rotimi Amaechi
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Picasso, Lorca, Capa … art reveals fate of exiles who fled Franco’s Spain
  • ‘I wasn’t beaten by IPOB members in Spain’ -Amaechi
  • Madrid Top Espanyol to Move to Top in Spanish League
  • IPOB didn’t beat me in Spain, says Amaechi
  • Become Bilingual With These Top Online Spanish Classes
  • Spanish duo presents spell-bounding performances
  • Rafael Nadal is a leader but Spanish team needs to be credited for success - Muguruza
  • Global Personal Finance Software Market 2019 Industry Analysis, Opportunities, Segmentation & Forecast To 2026
  • Fulbright ETA awarded to biochemistry and Spanish senior Camden Schinnerer
  • Real Madrid Tops Espanyol, Moves Back into 1st in LaLiga
  • Real Madrid's Eden Hazard has muscle tear, doubtful for clásico
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • La Liga 2019-20: Real Madrid beat Espanyol 2-0, go to top
  • SPENDING IN SPAIN: It’s tougher saving than shopping, but you’ll be investing in your future, writes Jonathan Holdaway
  • WARNING: Thief robs €1,000 from retired British expat using THIS simple cash machine scam that ‘targets elderly’ on Spain’s Costa del Sol
  • British parents arrested as baby NEARLY DIES on Spain’s Costa del Sol after eating their cannabis stash
  • Spain’s Costa del Sol treated to new exhibition by genius American photographer Lee Miller
  • Exclusive interview with 60s Carry On icon and two-time Bond girl Valerie Leon who is hanging out with British expats in Spain’s Andalucia
  • NextBlock Conference Asia - Platinum Sponsor: Inter Blockchain Group
  • €30m Irish-Spanish TV fund seeks next Big Bang Theory  
  • After two more gangland killings, Giles Brown calls for end to violence in Marbella and on Spain’s Costa del Sol
  • Tancrede de Pola looks ahead to brighter days after a tricky 2019 for mortgages in Spain
  • Goals & Assists U21 Players La Liga : Only Real Madrid Loanee Statistically Better Than Chukwueze
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Optimism as Madrid climate talks enter crucial stage
  • Real Madrid 'to offer Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez in exchange for Paul Pogba'
  • In a new monthly column on the trials of learning Spanish, Charlie Smith makes a lasting impression on his first profesora
  • Director of Larraín Nesbitt Lawyers, Raymundo Larraín Nesbitt, discusses capital gains tax mitigation when selling property in Spain
  • SPECIAL REPORT: How €680 million of Junta de Andalucia cash was embezzled in ERE scandal, Spain’s biggest EVER public money corruption case
  • Senate policy briefing called for recognition of the alternative to the Iranian regime
  • Environment Minister to address COP25 Session in Spain
  • Cruel summer for home sales in Spain, writes Mark Stucklin, but the double-digit decline was probably just a blip
  • “Messi Will Never Retrire”: How the Spanish Press Reacted To Barcelona Star’s Ballon d’Or Hat Trick
  • Review- Spanish fare shines at Solera -Restaurants
  • Do You Have News to Share? Get It Published.
  • Sánchez oldest player with Spanish league hat trick at 38
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