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Spain's Parliament backs king's abdication

Juan CarlosMadrid: Spain's lower house of Parliament today voted overwhelmingly in favour of urgent government legislation allowing King Juan Carlos to abdicate this month and hand over his duties to Crown Prince Felipe.

The legislation was approved by 299 lawmakers, while 19 voted against and 23 abstained.

The bill was backed by the majority-ruling Popular Party and the leading opposition Socialist Party, while some regional nationalist and left-wing parties rejected it or abstained.

Several left-wing deputies held up signs demanding a referendum on whether to scrap the monarchy.

Spanish King arrives in India for state visit

Spanish King arrives in India for state visitJuan Carlos I, the king of Spain has arrived in India on Wednesday for a four-day state visit to the country, which is emerging as a major emerging economy.

The king is being accompanied by high-level ministerial and business delegations from Spain that wlls strengthen relations in the field of business and other areas. He will visit the cities of Mumbai and Delhi during the visit.

Vacationing Spanish King Juan Carlos sports new look

Vacationing Spanish King Juan Carlos sports new look Palma de Majorca, Spain - Spain's King Juan Carlos has sported a new look during his holidays on Majorca, with a short white beard, a tan and a thinner figure, local media reported Monday.

The 71-year-old monarch was seen presiding over the award ceremony of a regatta in the Majorca capital Palma.

"The beard suits him," the newspaper Ultima Hora said in its internet edition. "And this is not said just to praise him because he is the king." (dpa)

Spain king, queen on holiday in Majorca

Spain king, queen on holiday in MajorcaPalma de Majorca  - The latest terrorist attack in Majorca did not deter King Juan Carlos and Queen Sofia from their vacation on the Spanish island.

The royal couple traditionally spends its holiday on the Balearic Islands, and arrived Saturday at Son Sant Joan airport in Palma de Majorca.

Majorca is completely safe, the king declared after his arrival. "We must fight against ETA until it is defeated."

King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Zapatero condemn car-bomb attack

King Juan Carlos, Prime Minister Zapatero condemn car-bomb attack San Salvador, El Salvador - Spain's King Juan Carlos and Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero condemned Thursday a car bomb attack allegedly perpetrated by the Basque separatist group ETA that injured 17 people in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona.

In their opening speeches at the Iberian American Summit being held in San Salvador, the monarch stressed his best wishes for the recovery of the injured, while Zapatero rejected the "blind, criminal, fanatical violence which ETA has once again tried to carry out."

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