Portman Bay regeneration: latest update
Visible progress in the project to return half of Portman Bay to the Mediterranean As was reported a fortnight ago, work is continuing apace on the project to regenerate the bay of Portmán..

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Abanilla hosts drone training courses for police officers from all over Murcia
The policing of the future at two courses in the municipality of Abanilla Officers from Policía Local forces all over the Region of Murcia converged on the municipality of Abanilla on Monday..

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Four Holy Crosses meet in Caravaca de la Cruz
The crosses of Granja de Rocamora, Ulea and Abanilla join the Caravaca Jbilee Year This Sunday Fernando López Miras, the president of the Murcia regional government, was among those taking part..

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Ramadan begins for 100,000 people in Murcia
This year Ramadan will be even harder for Muslims working in the fields of Murcia At 4.49 on Saturday morning over 100,000 people in the Region of Murcia – about seven per cent of the population..

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A thousand pigs incinerated in Puerto Lumbreras fire
The fire broke out a a pig farm between Puerto Lumbreras and Lorca on Friday The firefighters of the Region of Murcia were called out on Friday evening to a pig farm in the municipality of Puerto..

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Murcia cyclists join nationwide campaign demanding respect on the roads
400 cyclists have been killed on the roads of Spain in the last decade All over Spain on Sunday cyclists joined in mass demonstrations demanding changes in the law to introduce stiffer penalties..

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Molina de Segura grieves gender violence victim
The 31-year-old was found dead killed at her workplace in Molina on Sunday Molina de Segura hit the national headlines on Sunday due to the killing of a 31-year-old woman who worked at the Astrade..

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British Airways flights resume, although disruption continues
The Saturday San Javier flight was amongst those grounded British Airways resumed some flights from Britain's two biggest airports on Sunday after a global computer system failure sowed chaos..

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San Pedro del Pinatar stormwater tank completed
The deposit is part of the campaign to avoid runoff into the Mar Menor As work goes on to ensure that the runoff of potentially harmful substances into the Mar Menor is reduced to a minimum this..

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Cartagena beach bar openings imminent at last
artagena beach bar openings imminent at last Chiringuito licences for summer 2017 have been provisionally awarded for the beaches of Cartagena Around two months after many would argue it should..

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Domestic water supply guaranteed for the summer in Murcia
Desalination plants and aquifers are called into service to palliate the effects of drought Those who witnessed the torrential rain which fell on a couple of occasions during the winter might find..

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Murcia exports to the UK fell by 11 per cent in the first quarter
More Murcia companies sold to the UK but less revenue was generated Among the data which were discussed on Friday morning at the third meeting of the Region of Murcia’s Brexit Monitoring..

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Brexit and Spanish property: British buyers hesitate, others compensate
The number of purchases by UK buyers in Spain fell by 22% in the first quarter In the light of the latest statistics to be published by Spain’s property registrars regarding the number..

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Three arrested in Mazarron for 80 burglaries in Puerto Lumbreras, Aguilas and Lorca
A huge collection of stolen goods was recovered from a property in Mazarron The Guardia Civil have arrested three men belonging to a group based in Mazarrón which is believed to have been responsible..

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Transparency of the water in the Mar Menor has improved by 75 per cent
Water quality in the Mar Menor is more important than Blue Flags says tourism minister Javier Celdrán, the minister for Tourism, Culture and the Environment in Murcia, assured members of the regional..

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Dirty Harry-style greengrocer-cum-bank robber arrested in Hondon de los Frailes
Two of the seven robberies committed were in the Region of Murcia In a case which has attracted the attention of the national press a 58-year-old greengrocer in Hondón de los Frailes, in the Medio..

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16.3 million euros more for the Mar Menor recovery program
Additional measures will be taken to regenerate and protect the marine environment The regional government of Murcia announced on Thursday that of the additional 124 million euros of EU funds..

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Ministry reports 2.2 per cent increase in Spanish property prices
Murcia still lags behind with a 1.5 per cent fall in average prices The recovery of the Spanish residential property market continued to gather momentum during the first quarter of 2017, according..

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Cartagena Mayor seeks support from the Pope in bringing the Bishop back home
The Mayor also reiterated his demand that the Cathedral of Cartagena should be rebuilt José López, the often outspoken Mayor of Cartagena who will shortly be handing over the leadership of..

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Cartagena hopes to declare Algameca Chica an Item of Cultural Interest
Algameca Chica is known as the mini Hong Kong of Cartagena The Town Hall of Cartagena has this week decided to initiate proceedings by which it is hoped that the area of Algameca Chica will be declared..

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Murcia unveils plans to pedestrianize the Avenida Alfonso X
Murcia unveils plans to pedestrianize the Avenida Alfonso X The pedestrian avenue will run from the Plaza Circular to the Plaza Santo Domingo in Murcia José Ballesta, the Mayor of Murcia, officially..

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The Spanish National Dance Company to perform their spectacular ballet Carmen in Cartagena
The renowned National Dance Company will perform their modern reworking of Carmen in Cartagena's El Batel auditorium this July Cartagena's El Batel Auditorium has the honour of hosting the Spanish..

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Excavation work continues at the Molinete archaeological site in Cartagena
The Molinete hill in Cartagena was home to the Roman forum and curia As the city of Cartagena strives to make the most of its unique historical heritage the project to recover and preserve the..

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ANSE Naturalists: La Manga dunes are being sacrificed to replenish tourist beaches
The few remaining natural dunes are located towards the northern end of La Manga The ecologists and naturalists belonging to the ANSE organization in the Region of Murcia are warning that great harm..

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Municipal councils across Murcia show solidarity with victims of Manchester bombing
A minute of silence was held in public administrations across Murcia and flags hung at half mast The terror bombing in Manchester which killed 22 people has been marked in several Murcian municipal..

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Mar Menor jellyfish nets will be in place this summer after all
43 kilometres of netting will protect bathers at 60 Mar Menor beaches Last week there was considerable speculation that the regional government of Murcia might opt not to install anti-jellyfish..

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Murcia parliament requests recognition of the Isla del Fraile coastline of Aguilas
The small island off the coast of Aguilas housed a Roman garum factory The Murcia government’s committee for Land Policy, Agriculture, Water and the Environment has unanimously approved..

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Mazarron highlights the role of the public in combating mosquitoes
Mazarron residents are urged to collaborate in fighting common and tiger mosquitoes As the summer of 2017 begins the authorities throughout Murcia and other Mediterranean coastal regions of Spain..

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Murcia government explains its Brexit policy to other regions
Murcia is the first region to form its own specific Brexit monitoring group Pedro Rivera, the minister for Development in the regional government of Murcia, is in Madrid this Wednesday to explain..

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Caravaca graffiti artist decorates Santa Pola Osborne bull Picasso style
The Guernica motifs in Santa Pola are intended as an anti-bullfighting statement The Caravaca-based graffiti artist who calls himself Sam3 has made a great impact with his latest offering, which..

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Concerns in La Union over deterioration at the Lavadero Roberto in Portman
The Lavadero Roberto was at one time the largest facility of its kind in Europe The PP party of La Unión is currently fighting an ongoing campaign to highlight ways in which the members feel..

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Researchers aim to halt agricultural plastic washing into the Mediterranean
Cabo Cope and Puntas de Calnegre are reported to be the worst affected coastline in Spain This spring concern has been rising in many Mediterranean coastal areas over the issue of how vegetable..

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Tender process launched for parts of the Murcia-Almeria AVE high-speed rail line
Four stretches of track are to be built between Lorca and Almería The latest news regarding the arrival of the AVE high-speed rail network in the Region of Murcia is that the regional government..

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Caravaca de la Cruz welcomes the Lampedusa Cross
The cross was made from a boat in which over 300 refugees died off the coast of Italy The Lampedusa Cross, which was created in commemoration of 311 Eritrean and Somali refugees were drowned..

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Restored 16th century artwork presented for Caravaca Jubilee Year
The Tablas de la Vera Cruz were painted by Hernando de Llanos in around 1520 The Holy Jubilee Year of 2017 in Caravaca de la Cruz is one of the main motivations behind a long-lasting project..

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28 works by Mula artist Cristobal Gabarron in the streets of Amsterdam
Gabarron is featured in the 2017 Artzuid festival 28 sculptures by Mula-born artist Cristóbal Gabarrón were unveiled in the streets and squares of Amsterdam on Saturday, bringing more springtime..

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Rocket flare deactivated on La Manga beach
The flare was spotted in the sand of the Playa del Estacio in La Manga The anti-mine diving team of the Spanish armed forces were called out on Friday to deal with a rocket flare which was spotted..

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Floridablanca bathing station in San Pedro del Pinatar to be restored
The restaurant on the 100-year-old jetty was closed down in 2009 It’s been a long time coming, but it is reported in regional newspaper La Opinión that the regional government that the..

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Despeñaperros castle in Cartagena to be restored
The 19th century fortification is also known as the Castillo de San José The Mayor of Cartagena is due to sign an agreement on Tuesday with the AFORCA association which represents veterans who..

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Murcia and Spanish news round-up week ending 26th May 2017
Water quality improving in the Mar Menor as the government invests more in regeneration In a week when it seems that summer weather has arrived to stay for the next few months it is perhaps appropriate..

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Chinese tourists stranded in Librilla due to drunk coach driver
The driver arrested in Librilla was found to be six times over the alcohol limit 40 Chinese passengers were temporarily stranded in Librilla last Wednesday when the driver of the coach on which..

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Maritime rescue and security exercises in Cartagena and La Manga until 2nd June
The MARSEC operation includes various mock-up scenarios off the coast of Murcia From 22nd May to 2nd June the Spanish Navy and 38 other organizations are taking part in the MARSEC 17 maritime safety..

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Murcia fishing trawler fleet kept in port until 11th June
23 boats and 68 crew are affected as fishing stocks are allowed to replenish The 23 trawler fishing boats based in the Region of Murcia will remain in port until 11th June, resulting in an unexpected..

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Alarm in Archena as car catches fire at petrol station
Swift action by the Guardia Civil in Archena averted a catastrophe There was considerable alarm at a petrol station on the RM-554 in Archena on Friday night when a fire started in a car which had..

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Murcia toddlers to begin English activities in kindergarten
English games and songs for the under-threes in Murcia As efforts continue to ensure that schoolchildren in the Region of Murcia achieve an acceptable level of spoken and written English the regional..

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EU Mar Menor sanctions placed on hold
Brussels takes notes of the efforts made by the Murcia government There had been fears that the concerns over the water quality in the Mar Menor could lead to sanctions being imposed on the regional..

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Wild fire in the Galifa countryside
10,000 square metres were affected by the fire in Galifa on Saturday Firefighters based in Cartagena were called out to the countryside of Galifa in the west of the municipality on Saturday afternoon..

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Iconic Puerto de Mazarron villa for sale
Villa Mar in Puerto de Mazarron was built 1920 The owners of Villa Mar, the historic residence which stands alongside the Rihuete beach in Puerto de Mazarrón, have announced that the 97-year-old..

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Ireland and Scotland cricket boards support European performance centre at la Manga Club
The European Cricket Performance Centre at La Manga Club aims to attract off-season visits from teams of all levels For many years now the top class facilities at La Manga Club have made the..

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Emerging art festival backfires and embarrasses Cartagena Town Hall
Three exhibits have been withdrawn and another re-located following complaints This month the “Mucho Más Mayo” art festival is once again featuring on the calendar of cultural..

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More cave paintings found in the Almadenes canyon in Cieza
30,000-year-old Neanderthal tools discovered in the the Cieza cave of La Serreta New evidence of pre-historic human habitation in the Cañón de Almadenes, where the River Segura flows through..

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Los Urrutias residents complain about lack of progress in rectifying deficiencies
Residents complain that Cartagena council has forgotten about Los Urrutias Since the local elections of May 2015 the new council in Cartagena has made a commitment to improving services and infrastructures..

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Cartagena Town Hall to provide free dog pooh bags
Efforts continue to rid the streets of Cartagena of dog mess The latest campaign launched by the Town Hall of Cartagena to encourage dog owners to adopt a more responsible attitude to public health..

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Murcia parliament approves use of cannabis for medicinal purposes
The intention is to supply cannabis to patients with AIDS, cancer, MS and elipepsy The regional parliament of Murcia voted on Thursday in favor of a motion to study the possibility of modifying regional..

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Cabo de Palos-Islas Hormigas marine reserve research to continue
30,000 euros awarded to continue studying the effects of the Cabo de Palos conservation initiative The regional government in Murcia has approved the award of a 30,000-euro subsidy out of EU funds..

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 50,000 euros for Murcia fishermen removing rubbish from the sea
Special containers are provided at Murcia fishing ports for this purpose A budget of 50,000 euros has been set aside by the regional government of Murcia to reward fishermen who collaborate in..

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Million-euro campaign to de-seasonalize tourism in the Costa Calida
illion-euro campaign to de-seasonalize tourism in the Costa Calida Marketing actions will be carried out in Spain and abroad to promote year-round tourism in Murcia The regional government in..

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Man arrested for rape of British woman in Los Alcázares
The victim was assaulted on Sunday evening when returning to her hotel The Guardia Civil of the Región de Murcia has arrested a Maghrebi man (Maghrebi is a term used to include Morocco, Tunisia..

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Jellyfish nets may be absent from the Mar Menor this summer
The Murcia government awaits scientific advice from the Mar Menor Committee Contrary to what has become standard practice in the last few years this summer it appears that the beaches of the Mar..

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Corvera airport latest: courts rule in favour of the Murcia government again
The Murcia courts refuse to halt the bidding process for the management contract at Corvera A further blow was struck in favour of the regional government of Murcia on Wednesday when the regional..

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Hopes rise that Cartagena beach bars will be in place for June
Better late than never for the chiringuitos of Cartagena The ongoing saga which has led to there still being no beach bars open on the Mediterranean and Mar Menor coastlines of the municipality..

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San Javier to save 20,000 euros on annual La Manga water pump electricity bill
Energy audits create savings at waste water pumping stations in La Manga The Town Hall of San Javier estimates that annual savings of over 20,000 euros per year will be made in terms of electricity..

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Happy 50th birthday to Murcia-San Javier airport
Work to adapt the military air base of San Javier for commercial use ended on 17th May 1967 Wednesday 17th May marks the 50th anniversary of the official opening of the airport in San Javier..

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Beniajan residents puzzled by air force academy plane roundabout plan
A 45,000-euro budget for the installation of a San Javier plane on a Beniajan roundabout Over the last thirty years, as road planners have finally embraced the concept of roundabouts in the Region..

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Agricultural land sales up by 20 per cent in Murcia
Farmland inheritances tend to be sold off as younger generations look to cash in The seven-year slump and subsequent recovery in the Spanish residential property market has been constantly in..

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La Union wild fire nipped in the bud
The risk of wild fires in Murcia is high this year following the winter rain The unusually high rainfall which accumulated over the winter in the Region of Murcia left the countryside looking..

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Octogenarian vandal detained by Murcia police
The 82-year-old scratched the bodywork of at least 19 parked cars in Murcia An 82-year-old man has been arrested by the Policía Nacional in the city of Murcia in connection with at least 19 cases..

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Another 5 per cent rise in butane gas canister price
Each gas bottle now costs 14.18 euros after a 26 per cent rise in ten months The price of butane gas canisters in Spain continued its inexorable rise this Tuesday, when another 5% increase took the..

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Seawater visible in 30,000 square metres of Portman landfill
Visible progress continues to be made at the Portman regerneration project Work is now well under way on the project to regenerate the bay of Portmán in the municipality of La Unión, and Marco..

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Apathy wins the day as Fortuna continues to fund bull-related fiesta events
Only 5 per cent of the residents of Fortuna took part in the bull event referendum A couple of months ago it seemed that the tide of public opinion could be turning against the inclusion of bull..

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Águilas breakers contracted for the scrapping of the Penelope yacht
The Penelope sank in the port of Aguilas on 4th January The contract to deal with the wreckage of the yacht “Penélope”, which was retrieved from the bed of the port of Á..

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Fresh hope for Trampolin Hills purchasers after Valencia court decision
A purchaser at Trampolin Hills has been awarded the return of a cash deposit A decade after they paid deposits on homes in the sun which were never built, the purchasers on the Trampolín Hills Golf..

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60 evacuated in Mula fruit processing factory fire
No injuries reported but the premises in Mula suffered considerable damage Sixty employees at the Cofrusa fruit processing Factory in the municipality of Mula were hurriedly evacuated from the..

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Murcia tuna farms produced 1.4 million kilos last year
Only 2.8 per cent of Murcia tuna are caught in the wild One of the specialities of fish farming in which establishments along the Mediterranean coastline of the Region of Murcia can be considered..

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San Javier and Lorca speed guns accounted for 3.4 million euros of fines last year
Both feature in the top 20 of most active radar speed cameras in Spain A list of the most effective motorway speed guns in Spain which was supplied by the traffic authorities in response to a question..

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Aguilas cyclist hit by car as the Murcia government calls for reforms to increase protection
The Aguilas man was the sixth cyclist to be knocked down in Murcia this year The issue of road safety and cyclists is one which is currently occupying a good deal of media attention in Spain, following..

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46 per cent more residential building licences in Murcia last year
Significant increases in extensions and reforms as the property construction sector in Murcia recovers There is a growing feeling in the property sector of the Region of Murcia that the effects of..

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Two drink-driving incidents in Murcia over the weekend
Murcia police called out to accidents in the city centre and Beniajan Following numerous incidents in which cyclists have been killed and injured in accidents involving drunk drivers the subject..

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1.5 per cent rise in passenger numbers at Murcia-San Javier airport in April
.5 per cent rise in passenger numbers at Murcia-San Javier airport in April 94 per cent of all passengers at San Javier were on flights to and from the UK and Ireland As the summer flight scheduling..

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Lorry driver detained on A-7 with 648 kilos of hash on board
Police noticed the lorry being driven erratically between Lorca and Cartagena Police have detained a 57 year old Spanish lorry driver on the A-7 between Lorca and Cartagena after he was seen driving..

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Chocolate art exhibition opens at the MUBAM Murcia
Eleven works of art are represented in chocolate at the Mubam museum An exhibition of works of art in chocolate has opened at the Museo de Bellas Artes de Murcia (Mubam) in Calle Obispo Frutos..

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Timetable changes on Cartagena-Alicante bus service
The route includes stops at San Javier, Los Alcázares and other Mar Menor locations On 3rd March 2017 the concession to operate the bus service which runs along the coast from Cartagena to Alicante..

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