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Spain halts evictions after suicides

MADRID — Spain approved a two-year suspension of evictions Thursday for some needy homeowners unable to pay their mortgages, but activists said the government failed to address the larger issue of how those who give up their homes may still remain indebted, sometimes for the rest of their lives.

Evictions have suddenly became one of the most sensitive topics in Spain’s financial drama. Government officials are trying to reverse or at least delay a trend that has seen more than 371,000 mortgage eviction orders issued since the financial crisis hit in 2008.

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The government, which is still preparing a broader overhaul of the country’s mortgage and property laws, said it hoped to shield those most in need by suspending mortgage payments for mortgage holders with annual income of $18,400 or less after taxes, or those with expired unemployment benefits.

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