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Antonio Trujillo holds a cigarette while resting on a bench, in Pamplona, northern Spain

Big tobacco is forced to pay for cigarette butt pollution in Spain, but smokers may soon be on the hook

They’re tiny, they’re toxic, they’re everywhere. Cigarette butts are a huge source of pollution in Spain and lawmakers have said, enough. They're ordering cigarette makers to pay for the cleanup, but smokers worry they’ll end up footing the bill.

Big tobacco is forced to pay for cigarette butt pollution in Spain, but smokers may soon be on the hook
a mom and son

Barcelona’s children find safety in numbers as they bike to school in herds 

Barcelona’s children find safety in numbers as they bike to school in herds 
Palestinians react as they watch a live broadcast of the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Morocco and France played in Qatar, in Gaza City, Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. 

As World Cup wraps, Morocco team inspires Arab unity around the world

As World Cup wraps, Morocco team inspires Arab unity around the world
This address is listed on an official police website back in China as an “Overseas Police Service Center,” but the locale appears abandoned. 

China has a police network that stretches across some 30 countries, NGO says

China has a police network that stretches across some 30 countries, NGO says
The giant Velutina hornet is about four times bigger than a honey bee.

In Spain, beekeepers continue to battle killer hornets

In Spain, beekeepers continue to battle killer hornets
Envera is a nonprofit that sells lost luggage and its contents. Proceeds create jobs for people with mental and physical challenges.

Lost luggage finds a new home at this Spanish nonprofit

In Spain, some 20,000 unclaimed suitcases now sit in airport warehouses. Envera, a nonprofit group, has found a way to give the contents of this lost luggage a new home. 

Lost luggage finds a new home at this Spanish nonprofit
installation with the world prop

Barcelona festival draws crowds, but locals wonder if it’s still their party

Every August, the neighborhood celebrates the Festa Major de Gràcia, or Gràcia Street Festival. The weeklong event running through Sunday, features a contest for the best-decorated street, with residents working hand in hand for months to produce the most impressive ornaments, often employing recycled materials.

Barcelona festival draws crowds, but locals wonder if it’s still their party
Barcelona’s MareNostrum 4 supercomputer is one of the fastest in the world

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.

In a few months, the MareNostrum 4 will be replaced by the 5. It will be able to compute in one hour what the 4 needed an entire year to complete.

Barcelona’s supercomputer MareNostrum is one of the world's fastest. It's about to get a massive upgrade.
ship at dock

Humanitarian rescue boat stranded in Spanish port over ‘administrative persecution,’ NGO says

Open Arms, a sea rescue nongovernmental organization, has a new vessel with a hospital and room for over 1,000 people, but says Spain is using bureaucracy to block its departure.

Humanitarian rescue boat stranded in Spanish port over ‘administrative persecution,’ NGO says
two students on the beach

Surfing scientists in Spain are hunting down microplastics 

​​​​​​​Plastic is everywhere. Scientists have found the stuff in just about every corner of the planet, even through the high seas. But getting a better understanding of what's going on here, where the plastic waste comes from, and what it is, can still be challenging. That's especially true along shallow coastlines.

Surfing scientists in Spain are hunting down microplastics 
Rosalia performs "Es Por Ti" at the Latin Recording Academy Person of the Year gala honoring Juanes in Las Vegas

Singer Rosalía’s new song 'Despechá' was a viral hit even before its official release

Rosalía, who hails from a sleepy town near Barcelona, Spain, is often confused for a Latina artist. But her music does adopt some styles from Latin America. Before her latest song, “Despechá” had been officially released, a clip from it had already been viewed millions of times.

Singer Rosalía’s new song 'Despechá' was a viral hit even before its official release
Forest firefighters work on a wildfire near the town of Jubrique, in Malaga province, Spain, Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021. 

'Fire flocks’ of sheep and goats get deployed to help battle forest fires in Spain

Shepherds in Spain are now training to start “fire flocks" that graze at the edge of forests to prevent wildfires from spreading to populated areas.

'Fire flocks’ of sheep and goats get deployed to help battle forest fires in Spain
people in a public square

Barcelona is one of Europe's loudest cities. It's trying to turn down the volume.

Around 60 million adults in European cities are exposed to noise that's harmful to health. 

Barcelona is one of Europe's loudest cities. It's trying to turn down the volume.
Ships of the US Navy Sixth Fleet visit Barcelona, Spain, in 1956. 

How US sailors kicked off Barcelona's tourism industry in the 1950s

At first, sailors with the US 6th Fleet brought in a flair of modernity and freedom. Over time, public opinion toward their influence in Spain changed. 

How US sailors kicked off Barcelona's tourism industry in the 1950s
In Viladrau's town center, where 14 women out of a town of 100 were accused of witchcraft and executed.

Catalonia pardons women accused of witchcraft 400 years ago

Witch hunts relied heavily on accusations from neighbors who were desperate for scapegoats whenever bad luck struck the town — such as crop failures, sudden diseases or natural disasters.

Catalonia pardons women accused of witchcraft 400 years ago