Lauren Frayer

Lauren Frayer appears in the following:

The Spanish Aristocrat Who Works For North Korea

Saturday, July 20, 2013

The sun-soaked Spanish Riviera isn't where you'd expect to find a faithful foot soldier of North Korea. But that's exactly what Alejandro Cao de Benos calls himself.

Cao de Benos, 38, is believed to be the only Westerner ever employed by the North Korean government. He's a Spanish aristocrat, born ...


Opera Singer Becomes (Soprano) Voice Of Protest In Portugal

Thursday, July 18, 2013

For embattled Portuguese President Anibal Cavaco Silva, Oct. 5 started bad, and then got even worse.

Presiding over a ceremony for Portugal's Republic Day, the president raised the Portuguese flag in front of a crowd of dignitaries. But by accident, the flag was upside down.

The ceremony, held in an ...


Call Centers Call On Multilingual Portuguese

Monday, July 08, 2013

Filipa Neves speaks five languages but still couldn't find steady work in her native Portugal. So she was about to move to Angola, a former Portuguese colony in Africa, where the economy is booming.

But she sent off one last resumé — to a call center. It was sort of ...


Fashion's Victims: An Artist's Focus On Garment Workers

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

On Madrid's posh Gran Vía, thousands of shoppers and tourists visit the flagship stores of some of the biggest names in European fast fashion — Zara, Mango and H&M.

Suddenly, the hordes of bargain-hunters stop dead in their tracks.

Face down on the sidewalk lie the bodies of ...


From The Sky, A View Of Spain's Boom And Bust

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Like the U.S. and many other Western countries, Spain's building boom in the previous decade was a major factor in its economic implosion. And now a trio of civil engineers in Spain has created a website that offers a dramatic before-and-after view of the country's construction bubble.



With Safaris And Yachts, Spanish King Comes Under Fire

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

With Spain's economy in shreds, the country is doing a lot of finger-pointing about who was at fault and where all the money has gone. The latest suspects: the Spanish royal family.

The reputation of the current Spanish king, Juan Carlos, was seemingly cemented one day 32 years ago when ...


High-Tech Sensors Help Old Port City Leap Into Smart Future

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Aside from the occasional ferry down from England, the old Spanish port city of Santander doesn't get too many foreign visitors. So imagine the locals' surprise when delegations from Google, Microsoft and the Japanese government all landed there recently, to literally walk the streets.

What they've been flocking to see ...


Spaniard's Song Brings YouTube Fame ... And Maybe A Job

Saturday, May 18, 2013

In his grainy homemade video, Enzo Vizcaíno looks like a busker, strumming away on his ukulele and singing as he roams a Barcelona metro car.

But the lyrics of this song are a bit unusual.

"I've got a bachelor's degree. And a postgrad diploma too ... I worked in ...


A Renaissance For 'Pigsticking' In Spain

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

An ancient hunting ritual is making a comeback in modern Spain: the practice of hunting wild boar on horseback with spears — and no guns. The sport dates to Roman times, and was recently approved and added to Spanish hunting regulations.

Just a 20-minute drive from Spain's capital, you're in ...


In Spain, A Mattress That Lets Your Money Rest Easy

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Spaniards wary of trusting their life savings to their country's shaky banking system can now buy a mattress that has an armored safe equipped with a keypad combination lock hidden in one end.

The new product, Caja de ahorros Micolchon — Spanish for "My Mattress Safe" — went on sale ...


The Reclusive Spanish Billionaire Behind Zara's Fast Fashion Empire

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

He's the richest man you've never heard of: Amancio Ortega, founder of the Spanish clothing chain Zara. He's a notorious recluse who is rumored to wear the same plain shirt every day, but his Zara empire has come to define the concept of fast fashion.

And now he's taken ...


In Depressed Spain, ATMs That Dispense Free Cash

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Fancy some free cash? Don't even bother to insert your ATM card.

People in Spain thought it was a joke — or a fraud — when a video popped up on YouTube showing what looks like a normal ATM, offering 100 euros ($131) for free — without a bank card. ...


Not Everyone In Spain Eager To Wager On EuroVegas

Friday, October 05, 2012

U.S. casino mogul, billionaire and Republican donor Sheldon Adelson has chosen debt-ridden Spain as the location for a $35 billion European gambling megacity. "EuroVegas" in Madrid co...


With A Girl Jailed, Pakistan Law Again Under Scrutiny

Thursday, August 23, 2012

A young Christian girl is behind bars in Pakistan, accused of burning pages of Quranic verse. Defaming Islam or its holy book is punishable by death in Pakistan. The case has drawn wi...