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In figures released this week, Spain welcomed 34 million international tourists in the first 6 months of the year, an increase of 3.9% on the same period in 2012, a figure which also marks a new record, according to the survey of inbound tourism from FRONTUR, released today by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Tourism.

The PP deputy spokesman in Congress, Rafael Hernando, said that his party is “not afraid” of what former treasurer Luis Bárcenas may “do, make or invent” in his testimony that he intends to bring against this political organization. Bárcenas celebrated his 56th birthday in prison on Thursday, where he has now been for the last 57 days.

The PSOE called for urgent hearing in Congress of the Minister of Finance and Public Administration, Cristóbal Montoro, Fátima Báñez, from Employment, Ana Mato from Health, to explain the situations of debt labour and health.

Queues to access Gibraltar continued once again, but now the waiting time was generally less than one hour.

The Spanish stock market today has achieved the biggest rise in a month and a half with an increase of 1.98%, now holding over 8,600 points, thanks to the recovery of the banking sector and the risk premium.

Residents of Puerto Seguro in Salamanca evacuated their town and headed to the nearby village of Villar de Ciervo, before the arrival of fire fighters could tackle a forest fire sweeping the area.

A man was injured this afternoon in a building in the Sanchinarro area of Madrid, where a shooting incident occurred, resulting in the police cordoning off a building with an armed person reportedly inside.

The Guardia Civil arrested six people suspected of various crimes of prostitution and corruption of minors in Madrid, who recruited their victims through social networks by offering money and gifts, for the sole purpose of sexual relations with them.

Saturday marks a month to the day, the date being the 24th, of the train crash in Santiago de Compostela, in which 79 people were killed and more than 150 were injured. A total of 16 of those injured remain hospitalized in different centres of Galicia.

Experts from the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and the Environment of Andalucía have been trying to catch a “large black cat”, seen in a suburban park in the Almería town of Berja, which, according to several witnesses, could be a panther.

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