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Spain drop Costa following domestic ban

Costa has been dropped by Spain. Credit: PA

Spain have dropped Chelsea striker Diego Costa for the climax to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign.

The Chelsea striker is suspended for next Friday's match against Luxembourg but was available for the game in Kiev three days later.

However, coach Vicente Del Bosque has replaced him in a 23-man squad with Juventus striker Alvaro Morata.


Bodies found in Spanish sea are missing Brits

The Foreign Office has confirmed the death of two British women in the Spanish resort of Lloret De Mar.

The women, aged 33 and 36, went missing after going for a late-night swim. Two bodies were recovered from the water two miles from Lloret De Mar at 12pm local time.

ITV News understands the women were from Birmingham.

We can confirm the death of two British nationals who had been reported missing in Lloret de Mar on October 1. We are providing support to the families and those who were travelling with the individuals at this difficult time.

– Foreign Office Spokesman

Bodies found in search for missing British women

A rescue boat searching for the two missing women. Credit: EBU

Two bodies have been found in the search for two British women who went missing after going for a late-night swim off the Spanish coast.

They were discovered two miles from Lloret de Mar where the women, aged 33 and 36, went missing in the early hours of Thursday, the Spanish search and rescue service tweeted.

The bodies were found shortly after 12pm local time and taken to the neighbouring town of Blanes, 40 miles north of Barcelona.

Catalan separatists win control of regional government

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Separatist parties have won control of Catalonia's regional government, putting mounting pressure on Spain's central government to grant a referendum for independence for the region.

The main pro-independence party "Junts pel Si" (Together for Yes) won 62 seats in the 135-strong assembly while smaller leftist party CUP won another 10 seats, official results showed. Together, they won 47.33% of the vote.

"Catalans have voted yes to independence," acting Catalan regional government head Artur Mas told supporters after 70% of the vote was counted.

"We ask that the world recognise the victory of Catalonia and the victory of the yes."

Both parties have said that they will unilaterally declare independence within 18 months, although the central government in Madrid says it will block the move in court.


Six people killed in rally car crash in Spain

The wreckage of a car is shown at the scene of the crash. Credit: RTV

Six people have been killed and several others injured in a rally crash in northern Spain.

A driver lost control during the Coruna rally in the northwestern Spanish region of Galicia and skidded off the track killing four women, one of whom was pregnant, and two men. About a dozen people were hurt.

"One of the drivers took the track at a much higher speed than he should have and he veered off a curve, slamming into around 20 people," a Civil Guard spokesman said.

Local media reported that the driver and co-driver were unharmed although the spokesman was unable to confirm that information.

"The Coruna Rally is in mourning. My deepest condolences to the bereaved and wishes for a complete recovery of those injured," Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, who is from Galicia, said on his official Twitter feed.

Teenager dies in Spanish bungee jump accident

A dutch teenager has died while bungee jumping in northern Spain.

The 17-year-old was taking part in a jump run by an adventure company near a viaduct in Cantabria yesterday when emergency services say she "fell from the jumping area", falling 40m into a dry riverbed below.

The dutch teen died after falling from a bungee platform near a viaduct in Cantabria Credit: RTV

The teenager's death comes one month after a 23-year-old British woman died while bungee jumping near Granada, southern Spain.

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