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2008-10-30 18:00:13

A car bomb exploded at a Spanish university Thursday, injuring 17 people, in an attack authorities blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA. The explosion at the University of Navarra in Pamplona set off a massive blaze as fuel tanks in nearby parked cars caught fire, Bernardino Leon, a university professor, told the Spanish Antena 3 TV network. The 17 injured suffered from glass cuts and hearing problems, a spokeswoman for Clinica Universitaria de Navarra, across the street from the...

2006-08-18 06:28:21

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday peace talks with the Spanish government were in crisis and threatened to respond to what it called repression of pro-independence activists. "If the attacks continue against Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), ETA will respond," the group said, using language which will be interpreted here as a threat to end its five-month-old ceasefire and resume 38 years of armed struggle. The unspecified threat was...

2006-08-18 05:18:12

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA said on Friday peace talks with the Spanish government were in crisis and threatened to respond to what it called the repression of pro-independence activists. "If the attacks continue against Euskal Herria (the Basque Country), ETA will respond," the group said, using language which will be interpreted here as a threat to end its five-month-old ceasefire and resume 38 years of armed struggle. The unspecified threat was in...

2006-06-11 14:32:09

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Zapatero says he will begin peace talks with Basque armed separatists ETA this month, despite opposition protests against negotiations. Hundreds of thousands of Spaniards allied to the conservative Popular Party (PP) marched against Zapatero's plans on Saturday and demanded ETA lay down guns before talks. But the prime minister said the majority of Spaniards backed negotiations to end 38 years of ETA violence. "I'm going to open...

2006-03-24 06:51:33

By Elisabeth O'Leary SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) - A ceasefire declared by Basque guerrilla group ETA came into force on Friday, spreading hope that four decades of violence and fear might finally have come to an end. In San Sebastian, one of ETA's strongholds on the coast of the northern Basque region, residents were buoyed by the prospect of peace but still cautious as ETA has offered ceasefires in the past only to revert to violence. "There's something different in the air, a...

2006-03-23 18:24:48

By Gideon Long and Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID/SAN SEBASTIAN (Reuters) - A ceasefire declared by Basque separatists ETA came into force on Friday as politicians in Spain and throughout Europe urged the group to hand over its weapons and renounce violence for good. The truce, announced unexpectedly on Wednesday, came into force at midnight (2300 GMT), ushering in hopes that after 38 years in which it has killed about 850 people, ETA might finally have abandoned its violent campaign for...

2006-03-22 17:29:37

By Jane Barrett and Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID/SAN SEBASTIAN (Reuters) - The Basque separatist group ETA declared a permanent ceasefire on Wednesday after almost four decades of attacks in Spain, potentially ending one of Western Europe's bloodiest guerrilla campaigns. ETA said it hoped the truce, due to start on Friday, would give Basques more of a say in their future, but others said the peace process had a long way to go and pointed out that ETA had broken ceasefires twice in the...

2006-03-22 09:41:55

By Jane Barrett MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA on Wednesday declared a permanent ceasefire after almost four decades of bombings and shootings in Spain during its campaign for independence. ETA said it hoped the truce, due to start on Friday, would drive forward its desire for Basques to be recognized as a people, while Spain's Socialist government said it hoped the ceasefire would be "the beginning of the end." Politicians urged caution about any truce by ETA, which...

2006-03-22 07:24:16

MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA on Wednesday declared a permanent ceasefire in its struggle for independence from Spain with effect from Friday, Basque newspaper Gara said on its Web site. Gara is the group's usual vehicle for statements. "ETA has decided to declare a ceasefire which will come into effect on Friday and will be permanent," Gara said in a special edition posted on its Web site www.gara.net. A ceasefire would be the first step in a long-awaited peace...

2006-03-22 06:58:36

MADRID (Reuters) - Basque separatist group ETA plans to declare a permanent ceasefire from Friday, a report in the Basque newspaper Gara said on Wednesday. Gara is the group's usual vehicle for statements. The announcement was first made on Basque television. A ceasefire would be the first step in a long-awaited peace process with ETA, which has killed 850 people since 1968 in its fight to carve an independent state out of northern Spain and south western France. ETA, which is...