Pope Benedict XVI
Pope Benedict XVI begins a visit to Spain at Santiago de Compostela.
Pope Benedict XVI begins a visit to Spain, where the traditionally powerful Catholic Church feels under pressure from secular values.
- Police in Spain formally detain the driver of a high-speed train that derailed and crashed in Santiago de Compostela, killing 78, on July 24. The driver is accused of manslaughter and reckless driving.
- A high-speed train carrying 225 passengers derails near Santiago de Compostela, Spain, leaving 80 dead and over 140 injured. It is Spain's deadliest rail incident since the 2004 Madrid train bombings, and the country's worst accidental train disaster since the Torre del Bierzo rail disaster in 1944.
- Protests against the visit of Pope Benedict XVI to Spain take place.
- In Spain, bomb explodes in Santiago de Compostela near regional savings bank Caixa Galicia. There are no casualties. Government blames Galician separatists. Police have arrested two people
- Basque separatist group ETA (Euskadi Ta Askatasuna), which waged an insurgency against Spain between 1959 and 2011, announces its complete dissolution.