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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 06:08:43

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...

2006-04-09 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...

2006-03-27 12:24:50

BILBAO, Spain (Reuters) - Basque police arrested two people suspected of having links to ETA on Monday, the Basque Interior Ministry said, days after the armed separatist group declared a permanent ceasefire. After ETA announced its truce, politicians insisted that the judiciary and police would continue to crack down on the group that has waged a 38-year violent campaign to carve an independent state out of the Basque Country in northern Spain and southwest France. The Basque...

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...

2006-03-25 09:35:33

By Ben Harding MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero will visit Dublin within weeks to see what he can learn from the Irish peace process after the Basque separatist group ETA's ceasefire declaration. He has accepted an invitation from his Irish counterpart Bertie Ahern and will probably go in April, a Spanish government spokeswoman said on Saturday. Zapatero is keen not to let momentum slip after the ETA guerrillas' declaration this week raised...

2006-03-24 11:41:59

By Elisabeth O'Leary SAN SEBASTIAN, Spain (Reuters) - A cease-fire by Basque separatist rebels ETA began on Friday and Spain's prime minister said he hoped to start peace talks with the group this year, once he was sure it really had laid down its guns forever. Politicians of all colors have demanded ETA hand in its weapons and prove it has ended four decades of bloody fighting for an independent Basque state before any talks begin. "The government has sufficient means to check what...

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...


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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.'