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The EU is moving away from saving lives, focusing instead on keeping newcomers out. Read more» 1

Senator Ted Cruz of Texas speaking at the 2014 Liberty Political Action Conference in Alexandria, Virginia.

Sen. Ted Cruz condemned President Obama’s announcement that he would normalize relations with Cuba, calling the communist country “a leading state sponsor of terrorism.” That’s a stretch, to say the least. Read more»

Mexican communal militia members keep guard in Michoacan state.

Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto on Monday announced an “encouraging” 25 percent drop in violence and murders in the first four months of this year, after the discovery of dozens of bodies over the weekend. Read more»

Spain is urging its citizens to take extra precautions when visiting Mexico following the “virtual” kidnappings of Spaniards traveling here, including indie music band Delorean. Virtual kidnapping? It’s exactly that — a case of ransom being demanded when no one has actually been abducted. Read more»

As Obamacare divides Washington, let's not forget how many countries are doing health care better than we are. Read more»

In the land of the siesta, citizens have collectively decided to put the business of life and work on hold from about 2 o’clock until 4 o’clock, when everyone tucks into a leisurely lunch followed by an afternoon catnap. At least that’s how it works in many foreigners’ imaginations. In fact, the siesta has become largely myth. Read more»

A bullfight in Madrid.

Bullfighting has been surviving in a bubble, much like the one that buoyed the real estate sector before the economic crisis. Can it survive going forward? Read more»

Almost 8,000 Spanish journalists have lost their jobs since 2008, according to trade union figures. But problems for Europe's press range far beyond Spain, as the economic crisis depresses advertising and sales in a sector already struggling to adapt to the rise of new digital media. Read more»

The single currency's collapse was widely predicted a year ago. But it's still here — and Greece is still a member. Understanding why requires taking a longer view. Read more»

A bull gored a Spanish matador, ripping apart the man’s face as it tore through his jaw and gouged out his eyeball in front of an audience on Friday. Read more»

Tuenti employees work on laptop at the company's offices in Madrid, Spain on May 10.

Even as Facebook’s reach grows, executives at Spain's Tuenti are betting that their more intimate, privacy-minded social network can take on Facebook and carve out a niche in the countries around the world. Read more»

Spain has expressed its anger with Germany for accusing it of causing an unprecedented foodborne bacterial outbreak that has killed 16 people and caused 1,150 to fall sick in Europe. Read more»

Authorities in Europe on Monday stepped up efforts to stop the spread of a deadly E. coli outbreak that has killed at least 14 people in Germany. Read more»

As many as 10 people in Germany have died from an outbreak of E.coli caused by infected cucumbers, and hundreds more are said to have fallen sick. Read more»

While long-time EU states struggle economically, tensions could flare with newer members. Read more»

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