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people at barbershop

A spike in ringworm cases in Spain leads to a surprising culprit: the barbershop

​​​​​​​A ringworm outbreak among Spanish teens has been traced back to barbershops and a fashionable haircut: the fade. Spanish dermatologists blame dirty electric razors.

A spike in ringworm cases in Spain leads to a surprising culprit: the barbershop
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

Big tobacco is forced to pay for cigarette butt pollution in Spain, but smokers may soon be on the hook
Shakira poses for portrait photographs for "Elvis" at the 75th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, May 25, 2022.

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube

Shakira's latest hit slamming her ex breaks records for Latin artists on YouTube
Bullfighting is still legal in the Colombian city of Manizales, which holds a major festival on the first week of January.

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights

Colombia’s plan to ban bullfighting sparks debate on tradition, animal rights
town sign

Spanish town wins award for beauty but says 'no thanks'

Spanish town wins award for beauty but says 'no thanks'
boat on the beach

Migrants from northern Africa make dangerous trek through Spain’s Canary Islands

The Canaries begin just 60 miles off the coast of Western Sahara, in the Atlantic Ocean. That relatively short distance makes them attractive to those fleeing hardship at home. But the crossing is treacherous.

Migrants from northern Africa make dangerous trek through Spain’s Canary Islands
a mom and son

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

Across Spain's Barcelona province children are getting to school in organized convoys of bikes, dubbed "bicibus," or  bicycle-bus. As with traditional bus lines, each bicibus route has stops where other cycling students can join along the way. Parents, teachers and other volunteer adults ride, too, to ensure the kids’ safety.  

Barcelona’s children find safety in numbers as they bike to school in herds 
Parents in Argelita fixed up this abandoned lot adjacent to the new school, turned it into a playground and garden.

A school reopens in this small Spanish village after 47 years

Back in the ‘70s, Argelita's village school in northeast Spain closed down because there just were not enough children. But now, after 47 years, children finally have a place to learn in town.

A school reopens in this small Spanish village after 47 years
The giant Velutina hornet is about four times bigger than a honey bee.

In Spain, beekeepers continue to battle killer hornets

Europeans have been battling the Velutina hornet for about 15 years. Spanish beekeepers have sent out a mayday for help, but so far they’ve been left to defend their hives on their own.

In Spain, beekeepers continue to battle killer hornets
A parishioner enters into the Catholic church of Cazurra, a village of around 75 inhabitants, in the Zamora province of Spain, Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021.

‘People want to shed light’: Spain finally investigates sexual abuse within Catholic institutions

As full inquiries into clerical abuse swept Europe, Spain remained an outlier. Now, two separate investigations are underway.

‘People want to shed light’: Spain finally investigates sexual abuse within Catholic institutions
A film screening at the FiSahara 2022 film festival

Film festival at refugee camp near Western Sahara amplifies voices of displaced people

Refugees from Western Sahara host a film festival while in exile to attract attention to their plight nearly 50 years after Morocco invaded their land, forcing hundreds of thousands of them to flee.

Film festival at refugee camp near Western Sahara amplifies voices of displaced people
Protesters hold esteladas or independence flags as they take part in a demonstration during the Catalan National Day in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2022. 

In Catalonia, ruling separatist parties split, signaling end of an era

Catalonia’s regional leader defends an uphill negotiation with Spain over an independence referendum as his long-time separatist allies walk away.

In Catalonia, ruling separatist parties split, signaling end of an era
"Bust of a smiling woman," 1901, by Pablo Picasso, at the Reina Sofía Museum. 

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy

Fifty years after his death, some organizers have insisted on revisiting the artist Pablo Picasso in a new light, with exhibits and conversations focused on his problematic relationship with women.

The Picasso paradox: Museums grapple with how to remember the artist’s complicated legacy
Mussel growers harvest mussels by passing beneath the docks on small barges, pulling up the ropes and cutting the harvest loose.

Unusually warm seas kill off mussel harvests in Spain, leaving restaurant owners with limited options

Most Mediterranean mussels are grown in the Ebro Delta, in Spain’s northeast, and often enjoyed by consumers nearby. But this year’s Mediterranean harvest was nearly wiped out by unusually warm seas, forcing restaurant owners to import their mussels from other countries.

Unusually warm seas kill off mussel harvests in Spain, leaving restaurant owners with limited options
Castellers de la Vila de Gràcia team compete to make a human tower, or castell. 

Human towers contest returns to Catalonia after 4-year hiatus

Kids as young as 4 compete to build castells, or human towers, a centuries-old tradition tied to Catalan identity. 

Human towers contest returns to Catalonia after 4-year hiatus