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A MOTORCYCLIST has died after his bike left the A-397 road this afternoon.

The 112 Andalucia emergency control centre has confirmed the accident on the A-397 road from San Pedro de Alcantara heading towards Ronda at km 29 in the municipality of Benahavis.

Guardia Civil officers confirmed the 45-year-old rider died at the scene of the accident despite the attendance of 061 medical personnel.

The scenic, twisting mountain route is popular with hundreds of bikers every weekend.

A SPANISH TV presenter suffered a ‘wardrobe malfunction’ during the GQ Man Of The Year Awards in Madrid.

The 33-year-old presenter, actress and model Adriana Abenia was happily posing for the cameras on the red carpet when her slinky dress slipped guaranteeing her even more exposure.

She later posted a snap of the ‘nip slip and her horrified face on her Instagram account.

TORY MP Andrew Rosindell has attacked Spain’s government for its handling of the Cataluña and Gibraltar issues in recent months.

The vice chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group for Gibraltar said Madrid had ignored democracy by refusing to accept two referendums by the Rock’s resident’s to remain British and now Cataluña’s wish to be independent.

Speaking to the Express.co.uk the Conservative MP for Romford said, “I’m afraid that Spain does have a problem with the concept of democracy drawing parallels between the Gibraltar and Caraluña situations.

“For more than 300 years, Gibraltar has wanted to stay attached to the UK and not attached to Spain. Geographically, it may be attached to Spain but in terms of every other sense, they want to stay British.

“Gibraltar has made its views known in two referendums, but the Spanish seem never to accept this.”

He continued, “We’re seeing a similar thing in Cataluña, it’s for the Catalan people to determine what constitutional status they want.

“They should respect it in Madrid. Instead of bludgeoning the people and bullying them into submission, they should accept that the people of Cataluña should have the same rights as well.

“But, Spain doesn’t seem to ever understand that democracy is the way we govern the world today. We don’t govern it by threats and intimidation, we actually do it by democratic vote of the people – Spain, I think, needs to wake up to this.”

SPAIN’S Attorney General, José Manuel Maza Martín, who recently led the investigation against members of the Cataluña region's former government for alleged rebellion, sedition and embezzlement has died.

The 66-year-old reportedly died suddenly in a hospital in Buenos Aires, Argentina after feeling unwell during a working visit to the country.

He was divorced and had one child.

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy tweeted his condolences to the family, friends and colleagues of the chief prosecutor.

A COURT  in Brussels has delayed the extradition arguments of ex-Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont and four former ministers until December.

This would allow Puigdemont to run his party’s campaign for the regional elections on December 21 from Belgium.

He can run in the election unless he is convicted.

After the first court session Puigdemont’s lawyer, Paul Bekaert, said, “We will argue the case on December 4.”

Two further appeals will be possible and a final ruling might only come only after the December 21 elections.

The five fled to Belgium saying they feared they wouldn’t receive a fair hearing in Spain to face rebellion, sedition and embezzlement charges.

SPAIN’S national government has estimated that the payroll bill for National Police and Guardia Civil officers deployed to Cataluña is in the region of €220million. 

Other expenses such as accommodation, food and equipment would need to be added for the estimated 6,000 officers who were assigned to the region after the illegal independence referendum. 

Juan Ignacio Zoido, Minister of the Interior said, "The costs are what the Catalan economy is paying and, therefore, Catalan society which is seeing how their competitiveness decreases and how they are losing job creation."

POLICE officers in Spain who raided the home of a married couple have discovered a hoard of several thousands of archaeological pieces.

At the property in San Fernando, Cadiz, Guardia Civil agents found coins from the Roman to the medieval period, buttons, keys, beads, thimbles, rings, bullets and numerous pottery vessels.

The house had an exhibition area of pieces, a warehouse, a workshop and another with computers from where they conducted their sales operation.

The couple was allegedly selling the stolen items via auction portals on the internet and it is estimated they netted more than €100,000 in two years, mainly from foreign buyers.

Police have handed the items to the  Museum of Cadiz, who will make an inventory and catalogue the items.

Investigators also try to locate the lots that had already sold, most of them abroad, although they recognise that it will be "quite complicated" for these items to return to Spain.

The investigation originated in the wake of the Dupondio operation in Murcia when 3,000 ancient coins and 20,000 archaeological pieces were recovered.

THAMES VALLEY POLICE have confirmed an 'air accident' near Aylesbury in Buckinghamshire. Reports suggest a collision between a plane and helicopter.

A statement released by the force said, "Thames Valley Police is currently at the scene of an air accident near the village of Waddesdon near Aylesbury.

"The force is coordinating the response to the incident which was reported at 12.06pm today (17/11).

"The Air Accidents Investigation Branch has been informed and staff are en route to the scene. Fire and ambulance services are also in attendance and preservation of life is first priority.

"In consequence of this incident it is expected that there will be some disruption to the road network around Waddesdon for the rest of the day."

A Bucks Fire and Rescue statement on Twitter read, "Firefighters currently assisting other emergency services at scene of air accident near Waddesdon. Air Accidents Investigation Branch informed.

"Disruption to road network around Waddesdon likely for the rest of the day."

SPAIN has sent a Belgian prosecutor details of the jail conditions former Cataluña leader, Carles Puigdemont,  and four ex-ministers would be held under if they are extradited from exile in Brussels to Madrid.

An international arrest warrant was issued by Spain alledging offences of rebellion, sedition and embezzlement.

The Interior Ministry confirmed that it has sent a document answering 14 questions and listing cell conditions, security guarantees, recreation, hygiene and food at the jails to which Puigdemont and his colleagues would be sent.

Puigdemont would be sent to the Estremera prison near Madrid and would have a cell of his own with a shower and toilet, or he could share it with one of his ex-ministers.

The five would have access to their lawyers.

The prime ministers, Mariano Rajoy of Spain and Belgium’s  Charles Michel have already held talks ahead of the extradition court appearance in Brussels today (Friday).

Belgian government officials have previously said they can't intervene in Spain's extradition request since it's up to the courts to make a decision.

Today's court decision can still be appealed.

TWO elderly people have died after their car was struck by a passenger train on a level crossing and dragged 300 metres down a railway track.

It is the second fatal accident in three months on the crossing that is protected by lights and acoustic warning signals -  but not barriers - on the Ciudad Real-Alicante railway line.

According to Emergency 112 control centre, the accident happened at kilometre 237 of the railway line between the stations of El Campillo and Almagro.

None of the 23 passengers onboard the train was injured and they continued their journey by road.

In August two residents of Bolaños de Calatrava died on the same crossing when their van was hit by a train.

The deputy mayor of Bolaños has said the town hall is in talks with railway infrastructure company  ADIF to urgently address the cause of the accidents at the level crossing.

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