Colombian drug lord shot dead in Madrid hospital

Madrid - One of Colombia's top drug lords has been shot dead at a Madrid hospital, radio reports said Friday in the Spanish capital.

Leonidas Vargas, 59, was being treated for a stomach problem after being released on bail, police sources were quoted as saying.

Spain condemns firing of rockets into Israel

Madrid - The Spanish government on Thursday "energetically condemned" the firing of rockets into Israel from southern Lebanon in the morning.

Spanish unemployment rises to record level

Madrid - Spanish unemployment rose to 3.1 million by the end of 2008, up nearly 47 per cent from a year earlier and the highest level since comparable statistics began in 1996, the Labour Ministry said Thursday.

The most affected were the construction and service sectors, which have been hit hardest by Spain's deepening economic crisis.

Valencia determined to stay second by beating Villarreal

Madrid - The race for the Spanish league title has already become something of a one-horse race, so well are Barcelona playing -and so far are they ahead.

Lionel Messi and company are 11 points ahead of Valencia, 12 ahead of Real Madrid and Sevilla, and 13 ahead of Atletico Madrid and Deportivo Coruna.

Spain's governing party calls Israeli attack on school "detestable"

Madrid - Spain's governing Socialist Party on Wednesday called Israel's attack on a school run by the United Nations in Gaza "detestable" and called for an immediate ceasefire.

"The bombing of schools with civilians inside cannot be tolerated," Socialist Party organizational secretary Leire Pajin said.