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2006-07-07 18:17:09

By Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Thousands of pilgrims from around the world crowded into Valencia to welcome Pope Benedict to a family fiesta on Saturday but the mood was torn between celebration and sadness after this week's train crash. As soon as the Pope arrives in the seaside city he will visit the site of the underground accident which killed 41 people, before moving on to a program of walkabouts among the faithful and meetings with Spanish leaders. All eyes are on...

2006-07-06 13:35:28

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Chief Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani met European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana on Thursday and said Tehran was serious about pursuing nuclear talks with the EU. But he made clear he would not be giving a response yet to a package of technological, economic and political incentives offered by major powers if Iran suspends uranium enrichment, which the West fears is intended to produce nuclear weapons. "We are serious about continuing...

2006-06-29 07:43:34

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The Group of Eight industrialized nations said on Thursday it wanted a "clear and substantive" reply from Iran next week to a major power offer over Tehran's nuclear programs. "We are disappointed in the absence of an official Iranian response to the positive proposal. We expect to hear a clear and substantive Iranian response to these proposals at the planned meeting of Javier Solana ... on 5 July and to bring these discussions to a rapid conclusion," a G8 foreign...

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...

2006-06-06 16:33:16

By Steve Holland LAREDO, Texas (Reuters) - President George W. Bush said on Tuesday he was encouraged by Iran's initial response to a U.S.-backed incentives package to give up its nuclear weapons ambitions, but time would tell if the Iranians were serious. Talking to reporters after a visit to a border patrol facility, Bush said, "It sounds like a positive step to me." Reacting to proposals by six world powers to end the dispute over Iran's nuclear fuel enrichment, Iranian chief...

2006-05-28 00:29:48

By Jason Webb MADRID (Reuters) - Along with stone lifting and all-male cooking clubs, hearty traditions in Spain's Basque Country include violent rampages by "the puppies of ETA" -- young supporters of the separatist guerrilla group. "Kale borroka," or "street struggle" in the mysterious Basque language, has often disfigured summer fiestas with smashed windows and petrol bombs. But this year, Spain's socialist government hopes ETA will prove it is ready for peace talks by keeping...

2006-04-11 07:47:51

By Ben Harding MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge on Tuesday charged 29 people for their roles in the deadly 2004 Madrid train bombings, paving the way for one of Europe's biggest terrorism trials. After a two-year investigation, Judge Juan Del Olmo concluded that the March 11 attacks, which killed 191 people and injured about 2,000 others, were carried out by a local Islamist cell inspired by, but not directed by, al Qaeda. Del Olmo charged five people with 191 counts of terrorist...

2006-04-09 05:59:13

Corrects number of days in 12th paragraph "three days before a general election" instead of "four days before a general election" By Joe Ortiz MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge is expected to charge about 30 people with involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings on Monday, completing a two-year investigation into attacks which left 191 people dead. Judge Juan del Olmo will take steps toward a trial that probably won't start before early next year, judicial sources said. Some...

2006-04-09 05:38:03

By Joe Ortiz MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge is expected to charge about 30 people with involvement in the 2004 Madrid train bombings on Monday, completing a two-year investigation into attacks which left 191 people dead. Judge Juan del Olmo will take steps toward a trial that probably won't start before early next year, judicial sources said. Some 116 people have been named as suspects in the March 2004 attacks, in which bombs packed in sports bags exploded on four crowded...

2006-03-26 08:25:16

MADRID (Reuters) - Most Spaniards favor talks with the Basque separatist group ETA now that it has declared a permanent cease-fire -- but only to discuss disarmament, not self-determination, an opinion poll indicated on Sunday. The survey in the newspaper El Mundo suggested 68.4 percent of Spaniards wanted the government to open formal talks with ETA after the cease-fire, announced on Wednesday, raised hopes of an end to its 38-year armed struggle. However, 50 percent of the 800...


Word of the Day
maffling
  • To stammer.
  • Present participle of maffle, to stammer.
  • A simpleton.
The word 'maffle' may come from a Dutch word meaning 'to move the jaws' or a French word meaning 'having large cheeks'.