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Nadal beats Anderson to win third US Open title

Monday, 11 September 2017

Spain’s Rafael Nadal beat South Africa’s Kevin Anderson 6-3 6-3 6-4 on Sunday to win his third US Open title and first since his 2013 triumph. For top seed Nadal, it marked his 16th grand slam singles title and second of the year following his French Open victory.

VIDEO: First Islamic adhan sounds at Spain’s Alhambra Palace in 500 years

Sunday, 10 September 2017

For nearly 500 years, the walls inside Alhambra Palace in Spain’s Granada have not heard the Islamic call to prayer.That all changed when Syrian Mouaz Al-Nass sounded the Adhan last Thursday.A video of the Al-Nass calling the Adhan at the palace has been viewed at least a million times since being posted on his Facebook account on September 7.Alhambra Palace was built by Muslim rulers of Granada during the end of Muslim rule of Spain by Yusuf I during the 1330s. In 1492, Granada came under ...

Spanish league head again criticizes PSG spending, Neymar

Wednesday, 6 September 2017

The head of the Spanish soccer league has used a crude analogy to intensify his criticism of spending by Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain.The French club broke soccer's transfer record by buying Neymar from Barcelona for 222 million euros ($262 million).Spanish league president Javier Tebas, who says he believes PSG could only avoid breaching UEFA Financial Fair Play rules by relying on inflated sponsorships from Qatar, likened the French team to someone who relieves themselves in a swimming ...

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 ...

Brilliant Isco leads Spain show of dominance over Italy

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Two brilliant strikes from Isco and a late goal from Alvaro Morata gave Spain a spectacular 3-0 win over Italy, their nearest challengers in Group G, to move into the driving seat for automatic qualification to the 2018 World Cup. Real Madrid attacking midfielder Isco, who was deployed in a “false nine” position as a deep-lying striker, curled a free kick beyond the reach of veteran Italy goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon to put Spain ahead in the 13th minute. ...

Spanish van loaded with gas canisters found in Rotterdam

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Dutch officials found a van with Spanish license plates loaded with gas canisters late Wednesday, after cancelling a rock concert in Rotterdam following a terror attack warning. The Spanish driver of the van “was arrested and taken to the police station,” Rotterdam police said in a Tweet. Dutch bomb squad officials “were investigating the van,” they added, which had been found close to the Maassilo concert hall in the city. It comes less than a week after twin car-bomb ...

Spanish judge releases one Barcelona attack suspect while Morocco arrests two

Wednesday, 23 August 2017

A Spanish judge Tuesday released one suspect in the terror attacks that claimed 15 lives and wounded more than 100 people last week, saying evidence against him was weak, but remanded two others AFP reported. Meanwhile Moroccan authorities arrested two people suspected of links to the alleged perpetrators of the Barcelona van attack, state TV channel 2M reported on Tuesday. National Court Judge Fernando Abreu ordered that Mohamed Houli Chemlal, a 21-year-old Spaniard, and Driss Oukabir, a ...

ATP chief hails Nadal’s ‘unprecedented’ return to world number one

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Rafael Nadal’s return to the top of the world rankings is a testament to the Spaniard’s longevity in the game and is as impressive as any of his career achievements, men’s tennis chief Chris Kermode has said. The 31-year-old Nadal became the world number one for the first time since July 2014 after replacing Britain’s Andy Murray at the top spot on Monday. “To regain the No. 1 ranking nine years after having first reached it is ...

Spanish police reportedly kill Barcelona attacker Younes Abouyaaqoub

Monday, 21 August 2017

The main suspect in the Barcelona van attack that killed 13 people last week, 22-year-old Younes Abouyaaqoub, was arrested on Monday in Sant Sadurni de Noya, west of Barcelona, Spanish newspaper La Vanguardia said. Spanish police declined to confirm the report but said on Twitter shortly before that an "incident" was under way in Subirats, 10 km (6 miles) away, without giving further details. Several Spanish media, including Cadena Ser radio, said one man wearing an explosive belt ...

Minutes after Barcelona attacks… ‘Something has changed’ for Muslims in Spain

Sunday, 20 August 2017

Prayer time is approaching but Raja Miah, an imam at a tiny mosque in the heart of Barcelona does not expect a big turnout. Since the twin attacks in Barcelona and the nearby seaside resort of Cambrils claimed by ISIS, the Muslim community in central Barcelona's neighbourhood of Raval fears an anti-Islam backlash. "People are very scared," said Miah, 23, as he sat in a small room at the mosque in Raval as a small group of children in an adjoining room studied the Koran. Raval -- whose ...

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