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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.

RESIDENTS of Andalucia’s third most-visited city have launched a video calling for improved communication links.

Ronda, famous for its breath-taking El Tajo gorge spanned by the 100-metre-high ‘New Bridge’, attracts 1.5 million visitors from all around the world every year.

But getting to the city that sits 739m (2,400ft) above sea level is a nightmare according to local residents and businesses.

Now the Rondeños have had enough and have launched a campaign to try and improve things.

Pedro Porras, Bernardino Guerrero and Antonio Mariscal have created the 'Plataforma Autovía Ronda YA', which demands better road connections and they are collecting signatures to present to the authorities.

They have produced a video (watch it below) to seek action for improvements from the Junta de Andalucia and the national authorities.

The video, in a similar format to the ‘Help Catalonia’ video, has already gone viral and has been viewed more than 200,000 times.

Fronting it is Charlotte Wilmot, the British owner of a language school who has lived in the city for 15 years. 

The group point out that poor communications in the Serrania of Ronda are a historical problem.

They say, "Ronda is the only Andalucian city with more than 30,000 inhabitants that does not have a dual carriageway that links it to the Andalucian capitals, Malaga, Sevilla and Cádiz.”

“Five of the 10 worst roads in Malaga province are in the region. The A-397, that links the city to the Costa del Sol is considered one of the major black spots with a total of 365 curves in  45 kilometres.”

It is estimated that  nearly 20,000 vehicles use it daily including tourist coaches.

Several years ago there were plans on the table to link Ronda to the coast with a new road to the coast but the proposals were shelved.

And there were unfulfilled promises to link the city to the AVE high-speed train network.

The video has sparked some criticism that it will 'negatively influence the arrival of visitors'.

But the action group defend it saying, "We do not agree. The video shows the reality of our roads. And we see that we have no choice but to attract people's attention and raise awareness after 40 years of inaction at the local level and of the vacuum on the part of the regional and central administrations."

To sign the petition - click here...

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