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18 decision by the Spanish National Court to issue arrest warrants for former Chinese regime head Jiang Zemin and four other high-ranking officials. The warrants are in connection with the courts investigation of genocide in Tibet. Upon the decision against Jiang Zemin and the four other officials being issued, China Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei, immediately called a press conference and warned, We hope that the relevant parts in Spain take seriously Chinas concern and dont do anything that might harm this country or the relationship between China and Spain. On Nov. 20, Beijing summoned the Spanish ambassador to discuss the court ruling and, on the same day in Madrid, Director General for North America and the Asia Pacific of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs Ernesto Zulueta, met with a representative from the Chinese Embassy. Also on Nov. 20, the Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs Jose Manuel Garcia Margallo, on his return from a trip to California and Florida convened an emergency meeting to address this crisis, while saying that the issue could be discussed in the Council of Ministers, said the Spanish newspaper El Pais. A Spanish Foreign Ministry spokeswoman said on Nov. <br>More:

Germany missed out on the four-team final tournament last year for the first time after losing only their second game in 32 outings in this competition against Denmark. Anouschka Bernhard's team had few problems qualifying this time round, though, their decisive 1-0 defeat of Belgium watched by a tournament-record crowd in Grossbardorf. First qualifying round: bye Second qualifying round: Switzerland 6-0 , Netherlands 0-0 , Belgium 1-0 (Group 6 winners) Key players Ricarda Walkling (defender, FC Bayern Munchen), Saskia Meier (midfielder, SC Freiburg), Jasmin Sehan (forward, VfL Wolfsburg) Qualifying top scorer UEFA European Women's U17 Championship best Winners: 2008, 2009, 2012 Honours in other UEFA women's competitions: UEFA European Women's Championship/tournament Winners: 1989 (as West Germany), 1991, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005, 2009, 2013 UEFA European Women's U19 Championship Winners: 2002, 2006, 2007, 2011 Runners-up: 2004 UEFA European Women's U18 Championship Winners: 2000, 2001 FIFA U-20 Women's World Cup Winners: 2004, 2010 France Runners-up in 2008, 2011 and 2012, France missed out only twice on the previous four-team UEFA European Women's Under-17 Championship. In 2012 they atoned for their third final reverse against Germany by going on to lift the FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup in Azerbaijan. Former men's youth national coach Guy Ferrier took over the reins from Paco Rubio in 2012, masterminding the World Cup victory and leading France to this season's European finals in England. In the elite round in Northern Ireland they made light work of holders Poland 3-0 before beating the home side 2-0 and 2013 runners-up Sweden 1-0. <br>More:,+France+encounter+Scotland

Even Eva Longoria gets body conscious from time to time. The 38-year-old actress covered the December issue of Elle Spain wearing nothing but Swarovski crystals to cover up her lady bits. Longoria admitted to the mag she "feared being so naked" for the photo op. Mike Marsland/WireImage Eva Longoria at the London Global Gift Gala at ME Hotel on Tuesday in London. Despite her insecurities, the star stunned for the racy cover, where she can be seen in a sultry pose as she dons the painted-on jewels. RELATED: EVA LONGORIA MAKES RED CARPET APPEARANCE WITH NEW BOYFRIEND How does the former "Desperate Housewives" star stay in such tiptop shape? "I like weight training and download abs. <br>More:

"The players slept three nights on a plane and that is not good. Barcelona had the injury to (Victor) Valdes and we didn't have one but still better organisation can help to avoid these injuries," he added. Ancelotti is without several players for the trip to Almeria, including Angel Di Maria, Marcelo, Raphael Varane and Fabio Coentrao, but his main priority is deciding who will replace injured Germany international Sami Khedira. It could mean Asier Illarramendi or Carlos Casemiro playing alongside Xabi Alonso in the centre as third-placed Real hope to make up ground on leaders Barcelona, who are six-points clear. "We have tried to maintain the same system in the last few games with three attacking midfielders and two sitting behind them. <br>More:

Leading just 15-7 at the break, Japan scored four unanswered second-half tries to finish the year with nine wins against five losses. Michael Broadhurst crossed twice and there were further five-pointers for Shota Horie and Toshiaki Hirose, with Ayumu Goromaru finishing the day with 20 points courtesy of six penalties and a conversion. It was a good experience for them, stand-in coach Scott Wisemantel said. They showed a lot of maturity taking the three points when they were offered and then playing when allowed quick ball. Goromaru got Japan on the scoreboard as early as the second minute and he added further penalties in the sixth, 10th and 23rd minutes as Japan got off to the best possible start. But not for the first time on the tour, the Japan forwards struggled with the officials interpretation of the laws, and with Uruguayan referee Joaquin Montes struggling to impose himself, things at times came very close to boiling over. <br>More:

The boyhood home of Serra and an adjacent museum draw a stream of visitors to Petra, Mallorca, in Spain where Serra was born. At a recent presentation for travel industry professionals in Altadena, Isabel Borrego, Spanish secretary of state for tourism, said her nation hoped to exceed the 58 million visitors recorded last year. Having Serra in the spotlight could help. Of course, thousands of residents and visitors each year visit the California missions established by Serra, which stretch from San Diego to San Francisco. Visitors also have had a chance to see " Junipero Serra and the Legacies of the California Missions ," a major exhibit at the Huntington . It runs until Jan. <br>More:,0,4234668.story

Like European peers, Spanish banks are racing to beef up their capital main page ahead of health checks of Europe's banking sector next year. Several have resorted to selling assets or raising capital from shareholders and outside investors, but their high dividend payouts have come under increasing scrutiny. The Bank of Spain sent a letter to banks in June this year urging them to limit cash dividend payouts to main page 25 percent of profits in 2013, and to also adjust payouts in shares if necessary. "This recommendation is welcome and could usefully be extended to 2014," the IMF said in its report. Strengthening the Bank of Spain's powers to limit dividend distribution, rather than just making recommendations, could be considered, the IMF said. Several major European banks had been expected to start increasing dividends after cutting them in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis. <br>More:

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