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A ''Tamborillero'' wearing his uniform takes part in the traditional ' La Tamborrada', during 'El Dia Grande', the main day of San Sebastian feasts, in the Basque city of San Sebastian, northern Spain, Monday, Jan. 20, 2014. From midnight,  companies of perfectly uniformed marchers parade through the streets of San Sebastian playing drums and barrels in honor of their patron saint.

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A Tamborillero wearing his uniform takes part in the traditional ‘La Tamborrada’, during ‘El Dia Grande’, the main day of San Sebastian feasts, in the Basque city of San Sebastian, Spain. From midnight, marchers parade through the streets of San Sebastian playing drums and barrels in honour of their patron saint.

A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog in the queue while waiting to be anointed outside the Saint Anton church in Madrid, Friday, Jan. 17, 2014. It is the animal's patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.

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A cat hisses at a Great Dane dog while waiting to be anointed outside the San Anton church in Madrid on Friday. It is the animal’s patron saint day in which thousands of people all over Spain bring their pets to churches to be blessed.

A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honor of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in San Bartolome de Pinares, about 100 km west of Madrid, Spain on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014. On the eve of Saint Anthony's Day, hundreds ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village of San Bartolome during the "Luminarias," a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come.

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A man rides a horse through a bonfire as part of a ritual in honour of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of animals, in San Bartolomé de Pinares, Spain on Thursday. On the eve of Saint Anthony’s day, hundreds ride their horses through the narrow cobblestone streets of the small village during the Luminarias, a tradition that dates back 500 years and is meant to purify the animals with the smoke of the bonfires and protect them for the year to come. 

A surfer rides a wave in Punta Galea, northern Spain

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A surfer rides a wave during the Punta Galea Big Wave Challenge in northern Spain

Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO's of the Basque Country in Bilbao...Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO's of the Basque Country in Bilbao December 19, 2013. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO's, performed Quien es Quien (Who's Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world. REUTERS/Vincent West (SPAIN - Tags: POLITICS CIVIL UNREST)

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Actors take part in street theatre organized by the Coordinator of NGO’s of the Basque Country in Bilbao. The organization, an umbrella group for 84 Basque NGO’s, performed Quien es Quien (Who’s Who), an improvised theatrical piece, dressed as bankers, the wealthy and military personnel, handing out fake money to motorists and passers-by. The action was designed to draw attention to what the coordinator claims are the causes of poverty and inequality in the world. 

The world's biggest container ship, 'Maersk MacKinney Moller', arrives at Algeciras' harbour in Algeciras, Cadiz province, Andalusia, southern Spain, 05 November 2013. 'Maersk MacKinney Moller' made an operative stop at APM terminal in Algeciras port.

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The world’s biggest container ship, Maersk Mc-Kinney Moller, arrives in Algeciras harbour, southern Spain

Medical students pour tomato sauce on a fresher of the Faculty of Medicine during a hazing at the University of Granada, in Granada

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Medical students pour tomato ketchup on a fresher of the Faculty of Medicine during a hazing at the University of Granada in Spain.

A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, October 10, 2013. Beggars, dog-lovers and fortune-tellers who venture onto Madrid's busy streets may soon find themselves out of pocket as authorities in the city and elsewhere seek creative solutions to their financial problems.The Madrid council laid out plans this week to levy fines of 750 euros ($1,000) for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike. Saddled with huge debts since a property bubble burst in 2008, Spain's autonomous regions and town halls have seen core revenues fall as unemployment holds stubbornly above 25 percent and corporate investments dry up. Many owe millions to service suppliers and staff.

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A beggar holds a plastic cup as people walk past in central Madrid, in a week the city council revealed plans to levy fines of €750 for public activities including soliciting for money outside shopping centres, feeding or washing dogs, reading tarot cards and performing acrobatics with a bike

Rocio de las Nieves Reyes Galvez, 28 years old, gestures as she waits to get evicted in Madrid, Spain, Wednesday. Reyes Galvez moved into a room of a foreclosed apartment owned by her friend with her 6-year-old daughter six months ago making small payments as she could afford. The landlord's loss of the apartment to Bankia bank is causing Reyes Galvez's eviction. Reyes Galvez has a disability produced by heart problems that prevents her from having a formal job. Three months ago she received her last pay-check, a state benefit payment of 426 euros. The eviction was finally postponed till Nov. 15 with the help of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH).

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Rocio de las Nieves Reyes Galvez, 28, waits to get evicted in Madrid on Wednesday. Ms Reyes Galvez moved into a room of a foreclosed apartment owned by her friend with her 6-year-old daughter six months ago, making small payments as she could afford. The landlord’s loss of the apartment to Bankia bank is causing Ms Reyes Galvez’s eviction. Ms Reyes Galvez has a disability produced by heart problems that prevents her from having a formal job. Three months ago she received her last paycheck, a state benefit payment of €426. The eviction was finally postponed until November 15 with the help of the Victims’ Mortgage Platform.

A young boy holding an Independentist Catala flag (Senyera) smiles as Catalans gather in a bid to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain, part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day, or Diada, in Barcelona.

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A young boy holding an Independentist Catalan flag (Senyera) smiles as Catalans gather in a bid to create a 400-kilometre (250-mile) human chain, part of a campaign for independence from Spain during Catalonia National Day, or Diada, in Barcelona

Warren Barguil, from France, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 1649 km-kilometer (105 mile) ride, in Castelldefels, Spain.

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Warren Barguil, from France, celebrates as he crosses the finish line to win the 13th stage of the Spanish Vuelta, a 1,649kms ride, in Castelldefels, Spain.

Members of Civil Defense and forest Brigade of Riveira work at the site of a wildfire in Riveira, near La Coruna on August 28, 2013.

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Civil defence and forest brigade members at the site of a wildfire in Riveira, northwest Spain, on Wednesday.

Two Revellers kiss each other covered in tomato pulp while participating the annual Tomatina festival on Wednesday in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 20,000 people threw 130 tons of ripe tomatoes in the world's biggest tomato fight held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

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Revellers participate in the annual Tomatina festival on Wednesday in Bunol, Spain. An estimated 20,000 people threw 130 tonnes of tomatoes in the world’s biggest tomato fight, held annually in this Spanish Mediterranean town.

Cipotegato 2013 in Spain...TARAZONA, SPAIN - AUGUST 27:  The Cipotegato acknowledges the crowd after running through the streets on August 27, 2013 in Tarazona, Spain. Every year thousands of people gather in the main square of Tarazona waiting for "The Cipotegato" to throw tomatoes at him. The Cipotegato is a hooded character, dressed as a harlequin with a yellow, green and red costume. The Cipotegato is elected annually, and his identity revealed after the festival. He must run through the streets of Tarazona on a route known only to him, ending in the Plaza de Espana square, armed with a short wooden stick for defending himself. Upon arrival in the Square he must then scale a monument and tie a scarf around it, signaling the start of the main festivities of Tarazona. The roots of this event derive from the early recorded tradition in the middle of the XVIII century of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape to freedom.  (Photo by David Ramos/Getty Images)

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The “Cipotegato”, a hooded character dressed as a harlequin, waits to be pelted with tomatoes after running through the streets of Tarazona, Spain on Tuesday in an event that starts the town’s annual festival that derives from the 18th century tradition of giving a prisoner from the local prison the chance to escape 

Acrobats perform during a press pass of 'Hotel' at the Apolo Theatre in Madrid, Spain

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Acrobats perform The Hotel, a new acrobatic spectacle, in Madrid, Spain, on Monday. The piece at the New Apolo Theatre is directed by Maria Gutierrez with acrobats coming from Cirque du Soleil, Eloyze’s circus and the Moscow State Circus 

Spanish bullfighters wait for the start of a bullfight during the festivities of San Roque, patron saint, in the village of Penafiel, Spain, Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013. In August hundreds of villages around Spain celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and party on the streets. (AP Photo/Daniel Ochoa de Olza)

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Matadors wait for the start of a bullfight during the festivities of San Roque, patron saint, in the village of Penafiel, Spain. In August hundreds of villages celebrate their patron saints, with bullfights, music and parties on the streets. 

Police remove members of the Victims' Mortgage Platform (PAH) as they try to stop the forced eviction of a family and the demolition of their house in Madrid, Spain. The Government of Madrid has been trying to expropriate their house since 2004 in order build apartments.

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Police remove members of the Platform for Mortgage Victims group as they try to stop the forced eviction of a family and the demolition of their home in Madrid, Spain. The city administration has been trying to expropriate the house since 2004 in order to build apartments

The peninsular of Gibraltar on August 8, 2013 in Gibraltar. David Cameron has spoken with his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, and Mr Rajoy has offered to 'reduce measures' at the Gibraltar border. Tensions between the British and Spanish governments have been raised on issues surrounding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. An increase in Spanish border crossing checks between the Rock and mainland Spain, leading to lengthy queues, is widely considered to be a retaliatory move for the construction of an artificial reef in British waters, which it is claimed has had a negative impact on Spanish fishing vessels in the area.

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The peninsular of Gibraltar, on Thursday, focus of a political row between the UK and Spain. The UK prime minister, David Cameron, says he has spoken with his Spanish counterpart, Mariano Rajoy, who has offered to “reduce measures” at the Gibraltar border. Tensions between the two countries have been raised on issues surrounding the sovereignty of Gibraltar. An increase in Spanish border crossing checks between the Rock and mainland Spain, leading to lengthy queues, is widely considered to be a retaliatory move for the construction of an artificial reef in British waters, which it is claimed has had a negative impact on Spanish fishing vessels in the area.

A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville...A nun (C) chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain August 7, 2013. REUTERS/Marcelo del Pozo (SPAIN - Tags: SOCIETY RELIGION)

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A nun chats with a woman in the Andalusian capital of Seville, southern Spain 

derailed cars at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela.

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Derailed carriages at the site of a train accident near the city of Santiago de Compostela. At least 78 people died and 131 were injured when a train derailed in Galicia in northwestern Spain on Wednesday.