Sunday, July 1, 2007

Monday’s News in Spain: Death in Lebanon, Global Peace Index, Soccer in BCN and Real Estate in Spain

Copied from original http://myspainblog.wordpress.com/ posting by Carloz on June, 2007
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España sufre las primeras seis bajas en Líbano: The top story in all of today’s newspapers was the deaths of Spanish soldiers serving in the UN Peacekeeping force in Lebanon. Six soldiers were killed and two injured in a when a roadside bomb hit the armored vehicle they were travelling in.
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Sadly, this was the first attack on UN forces since they were sent to Lebanon after the war between Israel and Hezbollah last year. No one has claimed responsibility for the attack.
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Spain currently has military personnel serving in Lebanon, Kosovo and Bosnia under UN mandates and in Afghanistan under NATO.
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Global Peace Index: The photo above is of a map of the Global Peace Index, which is maintained by The Economist. Click on the photo to enlarge it. Click here to go to an article in The Economist about it.
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Henry’s here - and Barça’s got ‘em! The other big story was the arrival in Barcelona of French forward Thierry Henry. El Periodico described the 29 year old soccer player’s entry into the city by private jet as having all the glamour of the greatest stars. He was received with honors at the airport yesterday. Today, according to the nightly news reports, he was presented to 30,000 fans at Camp Nou stadium after passing his medical and signing on the dotted line.
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“I was very surprised to see so many people out there waiting,” Henry reportedly commented. “You don’t even dream about things like that. It’s true what they say, Barcelona is more than a club.”
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According to the local media, in addition to the 24 million Barça paid for Henry, it has agreed to pay Arsenal an additional one million euros if they win the league.
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Henry joins one of the fiercist forward line-ups in soccer, with Cameroonian striker Samuel Eto’o, Brazilian playmaker Ronaldinho and Argentine winger Lionel Messi.
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Will this be the year that Spain’s real estate bubble bursts? According to El Periodico, the Bank for International Settlements (or BIS — known in Spanish as El Banco de Pagos Interacionles or BPI), warned yesterday in it’s 77th Annual Report that there is a significant risk of a collapse in Spain’s real estate market. The complete report on the global economy is available in English on the BIS web site.

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