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2006-03-23 07:24:54

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - The Spanish government should take a hard line with ETA, analysts said on Thursday, a day after the Basque guerrilla group announced a ceasefire that has been greeted with widespread political and media skepticism. While the leading pro-government newspaper El Pais hailed Wednesday's declaration of a permanent ceasefire as "an unprecedented opportunity" and a success for democracy, other commentators warned that this may be just another false dawn....

2006-03-08 05:52:06

By Ingrid Melander BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Western powers on Wednesday sought to persuade Sudan to agree to a weak African Union peacekeeping force being turned into a more robust U.N. mission to stop killing in the Darfur region, an EU official said. EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana and Development Commissioner Louis Michel began a day of meetings with African Union and Sudanese leaders as well senior United Nations and U.S. officials. Pressure is mounting for greater Western...

2006-02-19 05:21:43

MADRID (Reuters) - Peace in Spain's Basque country could take years to achieve, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sunday in a newspaper interview. Interviewed by newspaper ABC 1,000 days after the last killing by the armed Basque separatist group ETA, Zapatero said it would be an error to act in haste. "I've said this isn't a question of a day, or a month or even a year," Zapatero said. "This will take us years and, without doubt, there will be difficult...

2006-02-08 23:03:31

LONDON (Reuters) - The European Union may try to draw up a media code of conduct to avoid a repeat of the furor caused by the publication across Europe of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad, an EU commissioner said on Thursday. In an interview with Britain's Daily Telegraph, EU Justice and Security Commissioner Franco Frattini said the charter would encourage the media to show "prudence" when covering religion. "The press will give the Muslim world the message: We are aware of the...

2006-01-12 14:44:18

By Elizabeth Fullerton MADRID (Reuters) - Spain said on Thursday it had arrested a Moroccan man who police say helped three key suspects in the 2004 Madrid train bombings flee the country to go to Iraq where they may have joined insurgents. The Interior Ministry named the man as Omar Nakhcha, 23, and said he helped Mohamed Afalah, Mohamed Belhadj and Daouh Ouhnane escape from Spain after the March 11, 2004 Madrid train bombings, which killed 191 people. Nakhcha, who authorities...

2005-11-24 18:54:20

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said his government would press ahead with the purchase of Spanish military aircraft and naval vessels even as he accused the U.S. government of pressuring Madrid to halt the transaction. Chavez, closely allied to U.S. foe Cuba, has stepped up military spending this year with a slew of deals for Russian automatic rifles and helicopters, Brazilian aircraft and Spanish patrol ships and aircraft. U.S....

2005-11-17 08:20:00

By Elisabeth O'Leary MADRID -- Hip bars, sleek high-speed trains and free-spending companies all testify to how far Spain has come since the dark days of dictator General Francisco Franco. But 30 years after his death, one does not have to scratch the surface very hard to find that old wounds from his era, and the civil war which preceded it, are still tender if not open. With a Socialist government in power since March last year, a nation which has kept strong Catholic ties is now discussing...

2005-11-10 09:43:17

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - France must draw the consequences of two weeks of riots and respond quickly to the problems raised by the rioters, President Jacques Chirac said on Thursday as a police chief warned of possible unrest in the heart of Paris. Violence in urban areas around France dropped for the third straight night following the adoption of emergency powers that allowed local officials to impose night curfews on youths behind a wave of firebomb attacks. The riots began...

2005-10-15 16:02:32

By Emma Ross-Thomas and Axel Bugge SALAMANCA, Spain (Reuters) - Leaders from Spain, Portugal and Latin America, ignoring U.S. concern, backed a strong call on Saturday for an end to the U.S. embargo on Cuba and for the suspected bomber of a Cuban airliner to be tried. The 22-nation Ibero-American summit stood by the wording of the resolution despite an unusual public expression of concern by the U.S. embassy in Madrid over an earlier draft. "We ask the government of the United States...

2005-09-24 09:04:20

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Global economic imbalances pose serious risks to the world's prosperity, and countries must share the work of addressing them, International Monetary Fund Managing Director Rodrigo Rato said on Saturday. "The question is not whether they will be reduced, but whether their reduction will happen in an orderly or disorderly way," the fund chief told delegates at semiannual meetings of the IMF and World Bank. Rato called on oil producers to boost spending on output...


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