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Festival attendees fill Gran Via on Saturday in Madrid. Constuction of the street began in 1910 and finished in 1929. Architecture of Vienna Secession, Neo-Mudejar, Art Deco and other styles line the street. It has been called the Broadway of Madrid, and the last scene of Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises features two main characters riding a taxi down the thoroughfare.

San Isidro takes over Madrid

Nearly every shop and store closed Saturday for the main day of celebrations for the festival of San Isidro.


UK elections end in coalitions

Just last Thursday, citizens from the United Kingdom took to the polls, casting their votes in the 2010 election. But few would have expected the aftermath.


Lufthansa, you have failed me

Four weeks ago I heard about the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull delaying and canceling flights across Europe, but I didn’t worry — I had plenty of time.

And I was right, until I arrived in Munich and found my flight to Florence, Italy, delayed and eventually canceled because Eyjafjallajokull had struck again, leaving volcanic ash clouds throughout northern Europe.


Obama chooses Elena Kagan for Supreme Court nomination

President Barack Obama nominated Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court on Monday, declaring the former Harvard Law School dean “one of the nation’s foremost legal minds.” She would be the court’s youngest justice and give it three female members for the first time.


Two spectators watch warm-ups before a soccer game between Real Madrid and Club Atlético Osasuna May 2 at Santiago Bernabéu Stadium in Madrid. Real Madrid is currently in second place behind FC Barcelona in the Primera División regular-season standings.

Passion for futbol very much alive in Madrid

Many Americans don’t care all that much about soccer. In fact, I didn’t either, until I took photos for the soccer beat for the IDS last semester. But they know of Real Madrid and FC Barcelona, of Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi, of the Spanish national team and their place in the upper echelon of world soccer. They may not know Spanish futbol. They may not follow it. But they respect it.

They don’t know the half of it.


Judge who struck down possible National Day of Prayer criticized

In her ruling last month,  U.S. District Judge Barbara Crabb said the law creating the tradition observed Thursday is an unconstitutional call to religious action. She quickly became a magnet in the contentious debate over the role of religion in public life — denounced by Christian activists for overstepping but hailed as courageous by atheists, agnostics and non-Christians who feel excluded.



Stocks fall during turmoil in Greece

The stock market had one of its most turbulent days in history as the Dow Jones industrials dropped almost 1,000 points in less than half an hour on fears that Greece’s debt problems could halt the global economic recovery.


Final Mumbai gunman sentenced to death for 2008 wave of attacks

Indian officials sentenced to death Thursday the only surviving gunman from the bloody Mumbai attacks, punishing the 22-year-old Pakistani man who became the face of the assault after being caught on video storming a train station armed with an assault rifle.


School children look and touch an elephant artwork in Trafalgar Square in London, Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The London Elephant Parade 2010 will see the capital taken over by 260 life-size baby elephants, all hand-painted by an assortment of established and emerging talent from the art and design world.(AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

'Elephant Parade' in London hopes to promote awareness of endangered species

In 1986, residents of Zurich awoke to find their city covered in lion statues. In 1998, the animals struck again, and residents experienced “Cow Parade” for the first time as local artists decorated 800 fiberglass cow statues and placed them around the city as a public art project. Since then, the “Cow Parade” phenomenon has exploded worldwide, with exhibitions of a variety of different animals and themes seen around the world during the past couple of decades.


Riot police stand behind a burning roadblock in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, Wednesday, May 5, 2010. Deadly riots over harsh new austerity measures engulfed the streets of Athens on Wednesday, and three people were killed as angry protesters tried to storm parliament, hurled Molotov cocktails at police and torched buildings. Tens of thousands of people took to the streets as part of nationwide strikes to protest new taxes and government spending cuts demanded by the International Monetary Fund and other European nations before heavily indebted Greece gets a $141 billion bailout package of loans to keep it from defaulting.

US markets reel as Greece faces debt crisis

Riots broke out across Greece as the government worked to pass an economic recovery bill. Meanwhile, the Dow Jones industrial average plummeted in response to the European economic problems.


Car bomb dud causes scare in Times Square

Police found an “amateurish” but potentially powerful bomb that apparently began to detonate but did not explode in a smoking SUV in Times Square, authorities said Sunday. Thousands of tourists were cleared from the streets for 10 hours while the bomb was dismantled.


Two children wait for the bride to exit her car before a wedding Jan. 30 outside the cathedral in Seville. Although traditional Spanish culture remains alive and well throughout most of the country, Spain has also developed into a thriving democracy with public health care and large multinationals. These signs of a modernized society usually don't factor into foreigners' perceptions of the European country.

What is Spain, really?

When I first wanted to study in Spain, way back when I was a junior in high school, I thought of the country as a far-away place full of good times, sun, flamenco and bullfights in the middle of the street.



University heightens security for Ayers visit

Security was heightened Wednesday at the University of Wyoming as the school prepared for a speech from William Ayers, the 1960s radical whose visit was blocked before a federal judge ruled the university must allow him to speak.


Attacker stabs 15 students, teacher during school day

A teacher wielding a knife broke into a primary school in southern China and stabbed 15 students and a teacher Wednesday. The same day, another school attacker was executed for killing eight children last month, police and state media reported.


Goldman Sachs exec: 'I did not mislead' investors

Top Goldman Sachs officials defended their conduct in the financial crisis Tuesday, flatly disputing the government’s fraud allegations against the giant financial house. “I did not mislead investors,” insisted a trading executive at the heart of the government’s case.



Stranded in the volcano aftermath

As chaos ensued in airports around the world this week due to countless delays and cancellations caused by the Icelandic volcano Eyjafjallajokull, I enjoyed my last few days in Accra, Ghana, before attempting to return to London. When I reached the airport Tuesday night, I was told that I could either take my spot on my connecting flight to Amsterdam and then find my own way home from there (with the airline not liable for any costs incurred by my transport beyond Amsterdam) or I could wait in Accra until the next available flight that they could guarantee me a seat on back to London on May 3.


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