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Coutinho scores as Barcelona reaches 5th straight Copa final

Friday, 9 February 2018

Another year, another Copa del Rey final for Barcelona. Philippe Coutinho scored his first goal since leaving Liverpool as Barcelona defeated Valencia 2-0 Thursday to reach the Copa final for the fifth straight season. Ivan Rakitic also scored in the second leg of the semifinals, giving Barcelona a 3-0 win on aggregate after a 1-0 victory in the opener at Camp Nou Stadium. The three-time defending champions next face Sevilla in a repeat of the 2016 final. Sevilla eliminated Leganes 3-1 on ...

Fed-up passenger uses emergency exit to jump on Ryanair wing

Wednesday, 3 January 2018

A Ryanair passenger who apparently got fed up waiting to get off a plane surprised fellow passengers by using the emergency exit to jump onto a wing.The incident on New Year’s Day took place 30 minutes after the flight landed from London’s Stansted Airport, where it had also been delayed.The man was coaxed back into the plane while police were called.Fellow passenger Fernando del Valle Villalobos, who videoed the incident, said he heard the man say he got fed up waiting.Police said ...

Lawyer: Ousted Catalan leader will not return to Spain to testify

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

A lawyer for dismissed Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont, due to appear in a Spanish court this week to answer charges relating to Catalonia’s push for independence, said he would not return to testify but could answer questions from Belgium. If Puigdemont fails to appear before the court, an arrest warrant could be issued that would in turn prevent him from standing in the snap regional election called by the Spanish government for Dec. 21. There was currently no arrest warrant out for ...

Catalonia warns of civil disobedience as Madrid readies direct rule

Monday, 23 October 2017

Catalonia said on Monday it was confident all officials including police would defy attempts by Madrid to enforce direct rule on the region, in an escalating dispute that has raised fears of unrest among Spain’s European allies. The Spanish government has invoked special constitutional powers to fire the regional government and force a new election to counter an independence drive that has rattled the economy. A vote in the Senate to implement direct rule is due on Friday. But the leaders ...

Madrid moves towards direct rule over Catalonia as deadline passes

Monday, 16 October 2017

Spain’s government set the clock ticking on Monday on imposing direct rule over Catalonia, after the region’s leader missed a deadline to clarify whether he had declared independence. The wealthy region threatened to break away following a referendum in Oct. 1 that Spain’s Constitutional Court said was illegal. That plunged the country into its worst political crisis since an attempted military coup in 1981. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont made a symbolic declaration of ...

Spain and Morocco arrest six suspected of practicing beheadings

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

Spanish and Moroccan police have arrested five Moroccans and one Spaniard suspected of belonging to an extremist militant cell that simulated decapitations, the Spanish interior ministry said on Wednesday.The arrests mark the first big raids since a double extremist attack in Catalonia in August that killed 16 people, most of whom were mown down by a van in Barcelona.The cell was at an advanced stage of activity, the ministry said. It did not say whether those arrested were men or women.The ...

Meet the award-winning Saudi filmmaker Reem al-Bayyat

Tuesday, 1 August 2017

“Art is my entire universe,” says pink-haired Saudi film director, Reem al-Bayyat. Reem was recently named Best Director at the Madrid film festival for her film Wake Me Up in the Short Foreign Language Film category. The 35-year-old director, filmmaker and photographer’s portfolio includes Doll (2010) and Shadows (2008), which have been screened at international film festivals in Muscat, Mumbai, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Paris. Al-Bayyat spoke to Al Arabiya English giving insights ...

Madrid eliminates Atletico, reaches Champions League final

Thursday, 11 May 2017

Atletico Madrid gave its passionate fans hope early on, but in the end it was city rival Real Madrid that celebrated a return to the Champions League final. Madrid withstood an early onslaught by Atletico to reach a third Champions League final in four years despite a 2-1 loss on Wednesday. Atletico, which trailed 3-0 after the first leg, scored twice in the first 16 minutes at the Vicente Calderon Stadium to move within a goal of sending the semifinal, second-leg into extra time. But Francisco ...

Madrid police talk to Maradona after altercation at hotel

Wednesday, 15 February 2017

Police say they were called to investigate an altercation involving Diego Maradona and a woman at a hotel in Madrid.Authorities said officers were dispatched Wednesday after a call from the hotel, but found no evidence of any disturbance after talking to Maradona and the woman.Authorities said they couldn't confirm if the woman was a hotel guest or Maradona's girlfriend.Spanish media on Tuesday released a video of Maradona threatening a reporter who tried to talk to him at the hotel in ...

Messi hurt in Barca draw with Atletico, Madrid misses record

Thursday, 22 September 2016

The defending champions said Messi will be sidelined for three weeks with a groin strain

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