2019年2月2日 星期六

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Dear readers,

On Saturday, we received the sad news that rescuers had found the body of Julen Roselló, the two-year-old who fell down a 110-meter borehole on a rural property in Málaga. An investigation is now underway to determine the exact circumstances of the accident.

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez has reacted to the political crisis in Venezuela, calling President Nicolás Maduro a "tyrant" and praising Juan Guiadó for his "courage" in declaring himself Venezuela's acting president. This comes amid news the United States pressured Spain to recognize Guiadó as the country's legitimate leader. EL PAÍS also spoke to Guiadó about his plans to remove Maduro from office.  

Meanwhile, Uber and Cabify have announced they are pulling out of Barcelona after the Catalan regional government approved new rules that will force customers to request their services 15 minutes ahead of their planned journey time.

And in other news, the third episode of our new podcast ¿Qué? is now available. This week, we looked at the Julen Roselló tragedy and the taxi strikes in Madrid.

We hope you enjoy this selection of articles from the EL PAÍS English Edition. Thanks for reading.

Melissa Kitson

Melissa Kitson


After 13-day search mission, body of Julen Roselló located in borehole

Rescue teams working on the site of the tragic accident. / Luis Sevillano

The two-year-old was found at 1.25am local time on Saturday morning. The rescue efforts faced constant delays due to the nature of the terrain and the difficulty in reaching the area

Trump put pressure on Spain to break ties with Venezuela's Nicolás Maduro

Donald Trump greets Pedro Sánchez. / EMMANUEL DUNAND

The US Embassy in Madrid notified the Spanish government before Juan Guaidó declared himself the interim president

Uber, Cabify announce they are pulling their services out of Barcelona

A protest in Barcelona in January. / J. S.

The move by the ride-hailing services comes in the wake of a new regional law that would force passengers to book their journeys 15 minutes in advance

Catalan independence leaders moved to Madrid jails ahead of trial

The defendants leave jail on Friday morning. / A. G.

The politicians and association chiefs have been behind bars since 2017, and will now be tried in the Supreme Court for their role in the illegal referendum and pro-secession drive

In preparation for the possibility that the UK crashes out of the EU, bodegas are shipping as much Rioja as they can in a bid to boost their stocks

Spain's PM encourages Venezuelan opposition and calls Maduro a

Pedro Sánchez stating his position on Venezuela. / K.P.

Pedro Sánchez has met with opponents of the Bolivarian regime at a global gathering of Socialist parties in Dominican Republic

"This is not a retreat. We are under enormous migratory pressure," says an Interior Ministry source. The changes show how migration has become an important issue on an election year.

Spanish economy grew 2.5% in 2018, bucking euro zone trend

A Seat car factory. / A. G.

The outlook for 2019 is lower because of domestic uncertainties such as the budget impasse, which could lead to early elections

Spain ends 2018 with biggest surge in job creation of the last 12 years

An employment office in Seville. / P.P.

The unemployment rate has also dropped to 14.45%, its lowest figure since late 2008, thanks mostly to the public sector

Private insurance soars in Spain following cuts to public healthcare

La Moraleja Hospital in Madrid. / Kike Para

Insurers have attracted over one million new clients since 2013, and experts warn this could lead to a dual-speed system based on who can pay for quick assistance

The president of the National Assembly talks to EL PAÍS about why Nicolás Maduro must leave office and whether a military intervention is on the cards

Spain becomes Europe's top interceptor of cocaine

The police seized 1.5 tons of cocaine in Cádiz. / J.C.T.

Seizures have increased by 5,000% since 1987, which is when the drug was first introduced into the country

Madrid to introduce free public daycare from 2019

The San Antón municipal preschool. / Jaime Villanueva

Nearly 9,000 children up to three years of age are set to benefit from the measure, which will be applied in 68 centers

In the third of our new audio series, journalists from the English Edition go over the facts of the rescue mission in Málaga that began when a two-year-old fell down a borehole

As one Twitter user recently pointed out in a viral thread, if you don't get the first note right of this seemingly simple song, all hope is lost

Fitting Civil War photos into images of modern-day Madrid

An image of Puerta de Alcalá from the collection. / S.M.

A collection created by Sebastian Maharg mixes striking black-and-white images from the 1936-39 conflict with full-color pictures of their present-day locations

Record-breaking turnout for women's soccer game in Spain

San Mamés stadium. / A. de Bilbao

The quarterfinals of the Copa de la Reina received more spectators than any other female sports competition in the country

See how King Felipe VI, Queen Letizia, Princess Leonor, Infanta Sofía and the former king and queen have changed in the last decade

Defense Ministry discharges soldier who reported boss for sexual harassment

A solider in a file photo. / M.L.

The abuse left the woman with post-traumatic stress disorder and she was deemed mentally unfit to remain in the Air Force

Why has traffic in Madrid improved with the taxi strike?

Madrid streets during the taxi strike. / KIKE PARA

Each cab travels around 200 kilometers a day, but most of the time, they're driving around empty looking for passengers

The art, which was in bad condition, was identified during the course of documentary and inventory work inside the world-famous Paleolithic site

In Spain, international adoptions plunge while surrogacy grows

A couple with their adopted child. / uly martín

The long process and greater restrictions are pushing some couples to go abroad in search of a service that is illegal back home

Galicia searches for killers of four wild horses

Two of the dead mares. / Horse Association

The endangered animals were found dead in a deworming corridor with blows to the head. An association is offering a reward for information on the crime

A Spanish company is launching a scientific tourism project involving a mock-up of a Martian colony inside a cave in Cantabria

The ongoing conflict in Spain pits two sectors that offer almost identical services and who are equally interested in preserving a license quota that fuels speculation

The first 'skyscraper' of the Middle Ages was in Toledo

Los Hitos site near Orgaz, Toledo. / Kike Para

Spanish, English and German archeologists are studying a 12-meter high Visigothic palace built at the start of the 6th century

El Roto cartoon, January 30, 2019

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