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Cavendish went bananas to win the stage

A man reportedly shot himself in the foot to discover what it would feel like.

The unnamed 35-year-old man was admitted to hospital last weekend in Elda, near Alicante, and authorities believe the incident occurred because he was curious to know how painful a gunshot wound would be. The firearm that caused the wound has not been found by the authorities, who suspect the man of throwing it out of the window of a car on the way to the hospital. It remains possible the man will face psychological testing or being charged for firearm offences.

A regional court has struck down a longstanding plan by the city of Madrid and the soccer team Atlético de Madrid to replace the Vicente Calderón stadium with skyscrapers. Under the plan, two 36-story residential towers would go up in an area near the Manzanares River where legislation establishes a maximum height of four floors. The developers’ idea was to use the money from the sale of the 2,000 homes to finance construction of a new stadium in La Peineta, a decaying site once envisioned as part of Madrid’s Olympic bid. Atlético was originally supposed to move this year; the deadline was then delayed to 2017.

After seeking fertility treatment in Spain, a British man discovered his wife had used her lover’s sperm to get pregnant. A court ruling from the case is now raising questions about procedures at clinics.

THE man dubbed ‘Europe’s biggest pimp’ has been picked up by the Guardia Civil in Torremolinos. Belgian expat Stefan Rene stands accused of heading a prostitution network that spans across Europe. He was arrested on after a Moroccan woman revealed his whereabouts to Belgian authorities after Rene allegedly beat her up and burnt her skin with a cigarette. Established in Malaga, Rene’s million-euro network currently operates in eastern Europe, Belgium and the Costa del Sol. Operating for a wealthy clientele, the organisation regularly caters for customers in luxury hotels and even on yachts

Homeless people sleeping in the streets are “scaring off” tourists from Madrid, a former Spanish minister and leader of the conservative Popular Party (PP) in the capital has said. Esperanza Aguirre, who is bidding to become Madrid’s next mayor in May’s elections, has prompted an outcry among volunteers that work with the homeless after promising to find out whether there was a way to make sleeping rough illegal in the city’s historical centre. Ms Aguirre was peaking at a round-table event with representatives of Madrid’s tourism sector.

India and Spain have agreed to advance their bilateral negotiations on cooperation in nuclear energy, with Spain stating that it would support New Delhi’s early membership of the four multilateral export control regimes. A joint statement issued by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her Spanish counterpart Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo said the intent on both sides was to further advance bilateral negotiations on a framework agreement for cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Spain’s Everis, in a partnership with Sao Paulo’s Syrian Lebanese Hospital, has announced the creation of the first version outside Europe of its award for innovation in health technology. Brazil is the first country to receive the award besides Spain," Eva Labarta, Everis’s top executive in the South American country, told Efe. The award has a cash prize of 50,000 reais ($17,100) and will include coaching, business plan preparation and product development assistance

Four men from near Birmingham ended up more than 1,500 miles away in Malaga after a drunken night out in Stourbridge. The 23-year-olds decided to go to Spain when the taxi driver asked them, "Where am I taking you?" on the way home. "It escalated massively," sales adviser Matt Weyman said. "We went back and picked up our passports, then went straight to Birmingham airport with just an iPhone charger between us."

Just last week Mark Cavendish was the proud recipient of a bunch of banana’s for a stage win in the Tour of Turkey. No cobblestone trophy like in Paris-Roubaix, no donkey like in Kuurne-Brussel-Kuurne, no lion like in the Tour de France and definitely no ordinary trophy like in the Amstel Gold Race. The winner of the Tour of Turkey and the one who wears the leader’s jersey, Mark Cavendish, has won…..a bunch of bananas.

The annual AGM will be held at Oasis Bar, Torretas III, Torrevieja, on Thursday, 21st May at 13.15hrs. Everyone, who’s interested in helping the community, will have the right to vote at the meeting for a place in the Association’s Committee. You don’t need to pay anything to be a member; you don’t need to be a member to collaborate with your own community. Just keep an eye around and report any incident to us, or to the Police or 112 Emergencies. Your name will not appear anywhere.

According to Save the Children almost three-quarters of a million children in Andalucia are living in risk of poverty. The charity is calling for more investment for the young. According to the Junta de Andalucía 512,373 children are at risk of social poverty, 8% suffer serious material deprivation (117,450), 18% (264,262) live in homes where basic home costs cannot be met and 8% suffer energy poverty and can’t afford to heat their homes.

A Ryanair plane has made an emergency landing in Málaga. The incident happened on Monday when a flight from Stansted is reported to have had a problem with its brakes. Two emergency fire engines met the aircraft at the end of the runway which finally arrived safely without the passengers knowing what had happened. AENA announced that the emergency protocol had been put into action for the plane.

A senior military source has revealed that the Ministry of Defence is lining Gibraltar up as an alternative base to the Clyde which would mean the Rock becoming the new home for Britain’s nuclear submarines. SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon wants to rid Scotland of Trident but both the Conservatives and Labour have said they want to retain the base on the Clyde, however moving the nuclear deterrent to Gibraltar would cost £3 billion and take a decade to complete.

30% of Spaniards think that humans once lived alongside dinosaurs, according to the latest Social Perception of Science survey whilst a quarter of Spanish people believe the Sun revolves around the Earth, and not the other way round. A further 11.5% disagreed that humans are descended from animals. However, the startling results are still an improvement on 2006, when almost half the population thought dinosaurs and humans had co-inhabited the earth, and 40% thought the sun orbited us.

Over the past five years, the USA and Australia have leapfrogged Spain as the preferred choice for Brits moving abroad and our land of choice is no longer the most popular destination for emigrating Brits. From 2009 to 2014, just 52,000 Brits headed to Spain, down 124,000 on the previous four-year period. In comparison, 207,000 Brits upped sticks for a life down under, while 80,000 have taken the trans-Atlantic route in search of the American Dream.

A prominent Syrian political activist has evaded a travel ban and fled to Spain before the end of his trial for "weakening national sentiment". Louay Hussein, head of the Building the Syrian State (BSS) party, said he had thought that his life was in danger. The 55-year-old was a leading member of Syria’s internal opposition. He was detained last year after writing a newspaper article critical of President Bashar al-Assad. Mr Hussein arrived in Spain from Syria after what he called "a difficult journey".

China now has the second-largest wine-growing area in the world after Spain, pushing France into third place, according to figures released Monday by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine. The figures for 2014 showed China had 799,000 hectares (1.97 million acres) of land devoted to wine growing, compared with 1.02 million hectares for Spain. However France remained the biggest producer of wine in the world, pumping out 47 million hectolitres last year.

San Anton is a 21st century church, which embraces modern technology to make itself as welcoming as possible. It is nestled among the trendy cafes and shops of Madrid’s Chueca neighbourhood and is a church like no other. You can browse the internet, confess via your iPad and even take along your pet poodle. It currently boasts free wifi, live-streams on huge wide screen televisions and even has a special confession App.

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