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Spanish horses brave fire to fight virus

At full gallop, the horse emerges from the darkness and races through a string of bonfires in an ancient ritual to ward off sickness performed every January in a tiny Spanish village.

Known as Luminarias, the festival takes place every Jan. 16 in San Bartolome de Pinares, a village perched high in the hills about 100 kilometers (60 miles) west of Madrid.

Two Turkish towns included in best tourism village list

Two settlements in Turkey have been included in the U.N.'s Best Tourism Villages list, the U.N. World Tourism Organizations (UNWTO) have said.

Mustafapaşa, a town in the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir, and Taraklı, a small district in the northwestern province of Sakarya, are among the "best examples of villages embracing tourism to provide opportunity," the U.N. body said.

Russia sent Serbia to Davis Cup quarterfinals!

Victory in the decisive double match was achieved by Karatsev and Rublev over Granollers and Lopez, after a reversal, 4: 6, 6: 2, 6: 4.
With this triumph of Russia, Serbia also found a place among the best eight, as one of the two best second-placed national teams.
Viktor Troicki's team has a better set quotient than Spain - 9-6 versus 9-7.

Spanish FM coming to Athens after scathing criticism over deal to sell Turkey naval vessels

Athens' uncharacteristically public and sharp criticism this week of a fellow member - Spain, in this case - following a high-profile defense deal whereby Madrid will sell Turkey a new aircraft carrier, and possibly a submarine, generated an immediate reaction.

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