• Former Duke of Mallorca and Spain's King brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, and his business partner Diego Torres during 'Nóos Case' trial (by ACN)

    Spanish king brother-in-law avoids prison

    Former Duke of Mallorca and the Spanish King’s brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, won’t go to prison for perversion of justice, fraud and money laundering. Less than a week after being sentenced to six years, this Thursday Palma de Mallorca’s court has ultimately acquitted him. Thus, Urdangarín is now free to return to Switzerland, were he currently lives, and will have to appear before the court in that country once per month while he waits for the Supreme Court's final verdict. His business partner Diego Torres, also sentenced to eight years and six months in prison for his role in the ‘Nóos case’ eluded prison as well. However, the court ordered the confiscation of his passport. The ‘Nóos case’ operation investigated how Urdangarín’s non-profit foundation, the Nóos Institute, obtained no-bid contracts from regional governments, mainly in the Balearic Islands.

Society & Science

Entrance to the MWC' main venue, at Fira de Barcelona (by ACN)

24.02.17 - 16:46

The 12th Edition of Mobile World Congress kicks off in Barcelona

From the 27th of February to the 2nd of March, the Catalan capital will host the 12th edition of the Mobile World Congress (MWC), the world’s largest event of the mobile and cell phone-related industries. Last year’s...

Thousand marched along Barcelona in aid of refugees (by ACN)

19.02.17 - 11:58

Thousands march in Barcelona urging Spain to take in more refugees

More than 160,000 people hit the streets this Saturday in Barcelona to demand that the Spanish Government host more refugees from war-hit areas such as Syria. Demonstrators carried banners with mottos such as ‘Refugees...

Representatives from Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, the Leo Messi Foundation, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the IESE, who launch a campaign to help funding the SJD Pediatric Cancer Center (by ACN)

15.02.17 - 18:24

Barcelona will host Europe’s largest hospital specialising in infantile cancer

Hospital Sant Joan de Déu, the Leo Messi Foundation, the FC Barcelona Foundation and the IESE business school have joined forces to launch a campaign to get companies and...

Coimbra's University Professor, Domingo Xavier Viegas, was granted the Wildland Fire Safety Award, given by the  International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) from the USA (by ACN)

01.02.17 - 12:53

Coimbra University professor Domingo Xavier Viegas receives International Wildland Fire Safety Award at international summit in Barcelona

The International Association of Wildland Fire (IAWF) from the USA recognised on Tuesday Coimbra University professor Domingo Xavier Viegas’ contribution to wildland firefighter safety and granted him the Wildland Fire Safety Award....

Former Duke of Mallorca and Spain's King brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, and his business partner Diego Torres during 'Nóos Case' trial (by ACN)

23.02.17 - 13:26

Spanish king brother-in-law avoids prison

Former Duke of Mallorca and the Spanish King’s brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarín, won’t go to prison for perversion of justice, fraud and money laundering. Less than a week after being sentenced to six years, this...

Researchers at IsriCaixa Lab (by ACN)

17.02.17 - 16:54

Catalan researchers isolate and control AIDS virus for the first time

A clinical trial of a vaccine has proved, for the first time ever, that the immune system of those infected with AIDS can be re-educated in order to control the virus for long periods of time and without taking anti-retroviral drugs. In...

Family picture of the volunteers and associations launching the campaign 'Our Home, Your Home' on the 29th of November 2016 (by ACN).

13.02.17 - 12:37

Barcelona’s Palau Sant Jordi hosts massive concert in aid of refugees

More than 15,000 people attended the concert ‘Our home, your home’ which is part of the homonymous campaign aimed to emphasise Catalonia’s willingness to welcome refugees. 50 artists of different origins and musical...

Two firefighters during a wildfire in Catalonia (by ACN)

31.01.17 - 14:53

Catalan firefighters praised as an “international example” at the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit

The Home Affairs Minister, Jordi Jané, praised on Tuesday the hard work of the brave men and women of the firefighter corps in Catalonia. In his speech at the opening of the 14th edition of the International Wildland Fire Safety Summit, organised...
Aerial shot of Barcelona's 'Model' prison panoptic (by ACN)

21.02.17 - 14:20

Barcelona’s Model prison, a historic symbol of political repression, starts to be dismantled

Catalonia’s oldest prison, ‘Model’, will finally close its doors this summer, the Catalan Ministry for Justice announced on Monday. The inmates, currently more than 900, will be first relocated to Brians 1 prison,...

Spain's King brother-in-law and former Duke of Mallorca, Iñaki Urdangarín (by ACN)

17.02.17 - 14:52

Spain’s king brother-in-law given six years in prison for corruption scandal

Palma de Mallorca’s court sentenced Philip VI’s brother-in-law, Iñaki Urdangarin, for allegedly obtaining no-bid contracts from regional governments in the so-called ‘Nóos Case’. On the other hand, his...

Two 'Guardia Civil' officers this morning at BIMSa headquarters, in Barcelona (by ACN)

02.02.17 - 12:34

18 businessmen and former CDC representatives arrested for alleged irregular funding of the party

The Spanish Guardia Civil searched this Thursday the headquarters of three Catalan companies, the Barcelona Port Authority, Infrastructures.cat and Barcelona Infrastructures (BIMSA) as part of ‘Operation Pika’ which is investigating...

A rental flat in Barcelona (by ACN)

20.01.17 - 14:20

Catalonia to set recommended rental price to avoid new housing bubble

Barcelona has the highest rent prices in Spain, with an average of 17.36 euros per square metre in the Catalan capital’s old town. In fact, 6 of the 10 most expensive cities for renting are in Catalonia, including Gavà, Sant Cugat, Sitges,...
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