Paraguay's most successful movie of all time will miss out on a chance to win an Oscar because the country doesn't have a selection committee recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
Tana Schembori, the director of "7 Boxes" -- seen by more people in this South American country than Hollywood blockbuster "Titanic" -- told Agence France Presse that culture officials had called for the creation of such a panel and asked the academy to make an exception in the meantime.Full Story
Spain's 74-year-old King Juan Carlos had successful hip replacement surgery late Friday, the royal palace said, after two operations on the other hip caused by a fall during a controversial African elephant-hunting safari.
"The operation, which lasted 90 minutes, was carried out under general anesthetic and was completely satisfactory," the palace said in a statement.Full Story
Spanish prosecutors have asked a judge to set bail at €8.2 million ($10.5 million) for the king's son-in-law and his former business partner before their possible trial in a corruption case troubling the monarchy for the past two years.
Inaki Urdangarin hasn't been charged with a crime, but is a suspect in a case in which he and his partner allegedly funneled about €5 million in public money their nonprofit foundation received for conferences between 2004 and 2006 to other companies they controlled.Full Story
Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff has warned that too much austerity could make it difficult for the 17-nation eurozone to emerge from the financial crisis it has endured for four years.
Rousseff says the austerity measures that Spain and other members of the zone have invoked should include more flexibility so high unemployment can be reduced. When the financial crisis hit Brazil in 2008, Rousseff's predecessor went on a government spending spree.Full Story
Tens of thousands of Spanish doctors, nurses and hospital staff marched through the capital Madrid on Sunday to denounce budget cuts and privatisations, the latest protest against deeply unpopular austerity measures.
Dressed in white, the protesters chanted "Public health!" and "Health is a right. We are going to fight."Full Story
Beating the odds in Spain's deep recession, the Mango fashion powerhouse in Catalonia says sales are booming worldwide, and even at home.
Owned by media-shy billionaire Isak Andic, Mango typifies an export-led business savvy that is the pride of many Catalans, who will hold snap regional elections November 25 over a pro-independence push.Full Story
Spain's prime minister on Saturday joined its king in asking former Latin American colonies to help the EU nation overcome a deep financial crisis by channeling investments its way.
Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Spain had invested heavily in Latin America when it suffered a crisis 10 years ago, and now that the roles were reversed, he called upon those nations to increase their participation in his country's economy.Full Story
Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Saturday rejected as "unacceptable" a proposal from EU President Herman Van Rompuy to cut the bloc's 2014-2020 budget by 75 billion euros ($95 billion).
"The government does not like this budget and we have made that known to the (European) institutions and we hope that there will be another proposal that will be more reasonable," Rajoy said.Full Story
British police Friday arrested a suspected member of the armed Basque separatist group ETA who is accused of taking part in several killings, the Spanish government said.
The suspect, 45-year-old Raul Angel Fuentes Villota, was detained in Liverpool under a European arrest warrant in an operation assisted by Spanish police, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.Full Story
Britain summoned the Spanish ambassador to London on Thursday to complain about "serious incursions" in the waters off the British Mediterranean enclave of Gibraltar, officials said.
Junior foreign minister David Lidington said recent attempts by Spanish officials to exercise jurisdiction in Gibraltar's territorial waters were "provocative" and risked damaging ties between Gibraltar and Madrid.Full Story