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2006-07-08 17:33:24

By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Spain on Saturday to defend traditional values in a country where the Catholic church and Socialist government have clashed head-on over the legalization of gay marriage. Hundreds of thousands of people cheered the Pope's remarks at a family rally in the coastal city of Valencia. By contrast, crowds booed and whistled Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, whose government has pushed through...

2006-07-08 13:45:37

By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Spain on Saturday to defend the traditional family in the country where the Church and government have clashed head-on over the legalization of gay marriage. The Pope said there were certain things to which the Church must just say "No," and that the family based on heterosexual marriage was "a unique institution in God's plan." The 79-year-old Pope received a tumultuous welcome in the coastal city...

2006-07-08 08:19:17

By Philip Pullella and Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict urged Spain to defend the traditional family on Saturday as he began a lightning trip to the country where the Church and government have clashed over the legalisation of gay marriage. Saying there were certain things to which the Church must just say "No," the pope said the family based on heterosexual marriage was "a unique institution in God's plan." The 79-year-old pope received a tumultuous welcome in...

2006-07-08 05:44:03

By Philip Pullella VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, starting a trip to Spain where gay marriage became legal last year, said on Saturday that there are certain things to which the Church must just say "no." The 79-year-old pope arrived in this coastal city to close an international meeting of Catholic families and comfort residents of Valencia still mourning a train accident that killed 42 people on Monday. Speaking to reporters on his plane from Rome, the pope was asked...

2006-07-08 01:00:55

By Alistair Bell MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, the leftist who came second in Mexico's contested presidential election, plays his trump card on Saturday when he appeals to the masses to help him overturn his narrow defeat. Lopez Obrador, who says the election of conservative Felipe Calderon last Sunday was plagued by irregularities, will put his case to a large crowd in the capital's Zocalo square. Popular in Mexico City where he was once mayor, the leftist...

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 08:27:08

By Jane Barrett VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Pope Benedict makes a lightning trip to Spain this weekend to glorify traditional family values in a country whose government has been sharply criticized by the Catholic Church for legalizing gay marriage. The 79-year-old Pope, making his third trip outside Italy since his election in April 2005, will be in Spain for little more than a day, from Saturday morning to Sunday afternoon. But the trip, his first to Spain, is nonetheless expected...

2006-07-04 13:25:03

By Ana Perez VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain's worst underground train crash in which 41 people were killed was caused by the engine going at twice the normal speed and the possibility the driver passed out, officials said on Tuesday. Black box data showed the train in Valencia on Spain's east coast was doing 80 kph (48 mph) on a curve through a tunnel -- twice the normal speed -- when it derailed on Monday, the city's transport chief Jose Ramon Garcia said in a statement....

2006-07-04 06:19:31

By Ana Perez VALENCIA, Spain (Reuters) - Spain was investigating on Tuesday whether an underground train was going too fast when it derailed, killing 41 people, but the train drivers' union said bad maintenance could have caused the accident. Valencia city authorities declared three days of mourning after Monday's accident, Spain's worst underground crash, and said investigators wanted to examine the train's black box data recorder to determine the speed when the train derailed. At...

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...


Word of the Day
grass-comber
  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
According to the OED, a grass-comber is also 'a sailor's term for one who has been a farm-labourer.'