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Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
Spanish King Felipe VI in quarantine after being in contact with person tested positive for Covid-19
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This Monday, Felipe VI began a 10-day quarantine after learning that "a person" with whom he had "close contact" on Sunday had tested positive for Covid-19, according to a statement from the King's Palace.

Before it was known that his contact on Sunday had been positive, the King presided over the meeting of the Scientific Council of the Real Instituto Elcano on Monday morning at the El Pardo Palace; the meeting was attended by its president, Emilio Lamo de Espinosa, the director, Charles Powell, the director of programmes, Maria Solanas, and experts on Latin America (Susana Malcorra), Transatlantic Relations (Robin Niblett) and the EU (Elvire Fabry), among others.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spain creates a camp for 6,000 immigrants in the Canary Islands
Spain creates a camp for 6,000 immigrants in the Canary Islands
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The Spanish Ministry of Migration announces the plan to urgently create refugee camps with 6,000 places on Gran Canaria, Tenerife, and Fuerteventura to accommodate the immigrants who are now spread over 17 tourist complexes.

Minister José Luis Escrivá's plan includes using Gran Canaria as a place where refugees will arrive in the style of Lesbos or Lampedusa. New arrivals are won't be transferred to the mainland but await deportation in a center set up for this purpose.

Regional News • Americas • South America
Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
Peruvian Congress removes President Martín Vizcarra for allegedly receiving bribes
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The Peruvian parliament has removed President Martín Vizcarra from office. He is accused of having accepted bribes during his time as governor.

The Peruvian parliament has removed President Martín Vizcarra from office. In Monday's vote, 105 members of Congress voted to remove the head of state, 19 were against and four parliamentarians abstained. To remove Vizcarra, 87 votes were necessary. Vizcarra declared that he was leaving the government palace without agreeing with the decision of the parliament.

Technology • Internet & Web
Brussels accuses Amazon of violating antitrust laws by illegally using company data
Brussels accuses Amazon of violating antitrust laws by illegally using company data
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Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager announced that the Competition Department has opened a new investigation against the US company for commercial practices linked to its premium programmed which could constitute an abuse of its dominant market position. "We have come to the preliminary conclusion that Amazon has illegally abused its dominant position as a market service provider in Germany and France by using confidential data on a large scale to compete with smaller retailers."

As a service provider, the Seattle-based company has access to the private business data of its vendors, their volume of visits, sales and shipments, and even the complaints they receive from customers.

Business • Economy
U.S. sues Google for alleged abuse of market position
U.S. sues Google for alleged abuse of market position
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The U.S. Justice Department on Tuesday filed an antitrust suit against Alphabet Inc, Google's parent company, in which it accuses of violating the law by abusing its dominant market position over its competitors. This is the most important legal offensive against a technological giant in at least two decades, and represents the culmination of a year-long investigation that concludes that the company took advantage of its dominant position in the search and advertising market to the detriment of competitors and consumers.

Health
Spanish Congress unanimously supports outlawing of forced sterilizations of people with intellectual disabilities
Spanish Congress unanimously supports outlawing of forced sterilizations of people with intellectual disabilities
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In a plenary session the Spanish Congress unanimously approved a bill that seeks to reform the penal code to outlaw non-consensual sterilizations of judicially incapacitated persons. All the parliamentarians present in the House stood up and applauded the unanimous support for this initiative that will now return to the Senate for its final ratification.

With 348 votes in favor, it seeks to eliminate the second paragraph of Article 156, which currently decriminalizes non-consensual sterilizations of persons whose legal capacity has been modified when authorized by a judicial body.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
53,000 Spanish flags have been placed on Valencia beach to honor the dead from Covid-19
53,000 Spanish flags have been placed on Valencia beach to honor the dead from Covid-19
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The Spanish National Association of Victims and Affected by Coronavirus has placed 53,000 Spanish flags on the beach of Patacona de Alboraia in Valencia.

This action, "in tribute to those killed by the pandemic" of the coronavirus has generated a controversy in the city as it was not authorized and opened a new front of division between the parties on the right and left.

The signs have been placed during the early morning by volunteers from the National Association of Victims and Affected by Coronavirus (Anvac), based in Madrid, and will remain on the beach until Sunday at 19.00, as reported by this group in a statement.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spain updates Official State Gazette to enable work from home for 2.5 million public employees
Spain updates Official State Gazette to enable work from home for 2.5 million public employees
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Around 2.5 million public employees will be potentially able to work from home due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The agreement reached by the Government and the main representatives of this group of workers (CSIF, CC OO and UGT) to update the Basic Statute of the Public Employee (EBEP) was published this Wednesday in the Official State Gazette (BOE).

The autonomous communities now have six months for the adaption of the new regulations.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spanish health minister orders Madrid into lockdown, city has 48 hours to comply
Spanish health minister orders Madrid into lockdown, city has 48 hours to comply
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The Minister of Health has detailed the restrictions to be followed by the Community governed by Díaz Ayuso after sending him in the early hours of the morning a ministerial order "of obligatory compliance".

Under the new regulation Madrid and cities of more than 100,000 inhabitants with an accumulated incidence of over 500 Covid-19 cases must apply new restrictions in order to slow down the pandemic. The new mobility limitations are obligatory even for the autonomous communities that voted against these. The government of Madrid is evaluating the option of appealing the order before the National Court.

Regional News • Europe • Spain
Spanish Supreme Court confirms the removal of Quim Torra as head of Catalonian government
Spanish Supreme Court confirms the removal of Quim Torra as head of Catalonian government
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The Supreme Court has ended this Monday the mandate of Quim Torra at the head of the Generalitat de Catalunya the Government of Catalonia.

He has been removed for a crime of disobedience imposed for failing to comply with the order of the Central Electoral Board to remove, during the election campaign, a banner supporting the imprisoned supporting the imprisoned pro-independence leaders.