Ex-king Juan Carlos leaves Spain amid corruption allegations

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has left the country as criminal prosecutors investigate allegations of corruption.

He has been accused of receiving a $100m gift from the late Saudi king for backing a high-speed rail contract.

The move has reignited debate about the role of the monarchy in Spain.

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In This Story: Spain

Spain, a country on Europe’s Iberian Peninsula, includes 17 autonomous regions with diverse geography and cultures. Capital city Madrid is home to the Royal Palace and Prado museum, housing works by European masters. Segovia has a medieval castle (the Alcázar) and an intact Roman aqueduct. Catalonia’s capital, Barcelona, is defined by Antoni Gaudí’s whimsical modernist landmarks like the Sagrada Família church. 

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