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# Madrid

All time
# football hipsters
The forgotten Madrid team - Getting to the heart of Rayo Vallecano's working class heroes
Irish journalist Robbie Dunne has written a book about what makes Los Franjirrojos special.
# Catalonia
How the battle for Catalan independence is being fought online (including on
It started with a poll.
# yay or nay
Spain gives Catalonia deadline of 9am Thursday to make up mind on independence
The Prime Minister of Spain is said to be prepared to take the “nuclear option” and suspend the Catalan regional government.
# Independence Day
Catalan leader says region has won right to independence after 90% vote Yes in chaotic referendum
The controversial referendum saw violent scenes as Spanish police attempted to prevent the poll from taking place.
# banned ballot
Catalan government says 465 injured in clashes with Spanish police
Spain’s central government is staunchly against the region’s independence vote, which has been ruled unconstitutional by the courts.
# Independence
Catalonia referendum: Tractors roll in and buildings occupied to support independence vote
Authorities in Madrid have instructed police to ensure no votes are cast in Sunday’s vote.
# spanish imposition
Catalan crisis: 'State of emergency' as Madrid cracks down on referendum by rounding up officials
Madrid is trying to prevent a 1 October plebiscite being held.
# Double Grand Tour
Chris Froome completes historic Grand Tour double with Vuelta triumph
The English rider became just the third rider in history to win both Grand Tours in the same year.
# Madrid
Spanish police recover 3 Francis Bacon paintings stolen in 2015
Five paintings by the British artist were stolen from the home of a friend of Bacon in July 2015.
# spreading the message
Manspreading is now banned on buses in Madrid
Buses have been kitted out with stickers banning the habit
Madrid is putting up signs to stop 'el manspreading' on its buses
The company said that this would be similar to what already exists in other transport systems worldwide.
# catexit
Catalonia is set to vote on independence from Spain
A referendum is set to be held on 1 October.
# On the slide
Murray slump continues with shock exit while coach-less Djokovic advances
The Scot’s form struggles are a concern just weeks out from the French Open.
# First-Timers
Baku and Madrid go head-to-head to host Champions League final
There will be a straight shootout between two cities with contrasting football histories for the right to host the prestigious event in 2019.
# unfair treatment
Disabled people stage protest against Ryanair in Spain for 'systematic discrimination'
A statement from the airline said the claims were untrue and that the protest was baseless.
# Unconstitutional
Bullfighting ban in Catalonia is cancelled as it is 'part of Spain's heritage'
Catalonia’s regional parliament voted to abolish bullfighting from January 1, 2012 after animal rights groups garnered 180,000 signatures for a petition.
# dismembered
The bodies of 2 adults and 2 children found hacked to pieces near Madrid
The alert was sounded in the morning by one neighbour who smelt a strange odour emanating from the house, police said.
# Ryanair
WATCH: Man catches flight after dashing across runway at Madrid airport
The Bolivian national now faces a hefty fine.
# Madrid
A bullfighter was gored to death on live television in Spain
It’s the first death of a matador in over 30 years.
Man arrested after live-streaming himself driving at 195 km/h in Spain
The police say it’s the first time that someone has been arrested in Spain for a crime involving Periscope.
# pain in spain
After 134 days without a government, Spain's king has had enough
And you thought we were bad?
# disgraceful
New footage shows PSV fans forcing beggars to do press-ups for small change
The Dutch club have said they will do anything to find the people responsible.
# horrible
Ahead of Champions League tie, PSV fans engage in disgusting behaviour in Madrid
The group humiliated a group of women who were begging at local hub Plaza Mayor.
# Madrid
Spanish councillor faces year in prison for 2011 topless protest
27-year-old Rita Maestre went on trial for her role in the protest when she was still a university student.
# Madrid
Two puppeteers have been arrested for 'glorifying terrorism'
Other scenes in their show – like the hanging of a judge and the rape of a nun – also shocked the audience.
# gracias penneys
The queue for Penneys in Madrid is around the corner and absolutely insane
# gracias penneys
The queue for Penneys in Madrid is absolutely batshit insane
# Primania
Penneys flagship store opened in Madrid today and here's what it looks like
The store is located in one of the most iconic buildings on Madrid’s Gran Vía.
# Orange
Tanorexia: Some people steal money from their parents to go 'indoor tanning'
It’s still a problem, despite new rules for sunbeds.
# pocket change
Ronaldo's mother stopped at Madrid airport with €55,000 in handbag
It was a LITTLE over the €10,000 passengers are allowed to take out of Spain without declaring it.
# Confusion
Cuban flight takes off after passengers stranded in Shannon overnight
They spent five hours aboard the plane on the tarmac, before being allowed off.
# art for all
Incredible exhibition helps blind people 'see' artistic masterpieces with their fingers
Visually impaired visitors can now experience the Mona Lisa in an entirely new way.
# Madrid
Magnitude 5.4 earthquake rocks central Spain
There are no reports of any injuries.
# Madrid
Gay people 'more likely to dodge tickets', metro workers told
An investigation has been launched into the leaked memo.
# The change is now
The Irish weren't the only ones protesting today, the Spanish were out too
Thousands were out in support of the new anti-austerity party Podemos.
# whatever works
The women who are selling porn to bypass a tax hike in Spain
Spain has much higher VAT for cultural events than it does for porn.
# debt collectors
These photos of a Spanish woman being evicted are heartbreaking
A football team has offered to help the 85-year-old.
Catalonia WILL vote on independence this Sunday, but Madrid won't be listening
The vote is set to go ahead in defiances of legal challenges by central Government.
# All Clear
Spanish nurse definitively cured of Ebola
Teresa Romero was hospitalised in Madrid on 6 October after contracting the virus while caring for two Ebola patients.
# madrid madra
Ebola: Outrage as Spanish authorities plan to euthanise pet dog of infected nurse
A petition to stop it has tens of thousands of signatures already.