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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...

2006-03-23 16:47:07

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - A U.S. security alert advising Americans of possible pre-election violence in Italy set off a storm of controversy on Thursday, with the center-left opposition saying it created a climate of fear. The United States cited the possible threat of an al Qaeda attack before the April 9-10 ballot and pointed to the risk of domestic rallies turning violent after opponents of the conservative prime minister rioted in Milan this month. A nail bomb injured...

2006-03-23 15:25:02

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish political leaders on Thursday demanded that ETA prove that it has abandoned violence before there can be talks on the separatist group's ceasefire in its campaign for independence for the Basque country. ETA, which has killed almost 850 people in its 38-year armed campaign, declared a permanent ceasefire on Wednesday and on Thursday it offered "dialogue, negotiation and agreement." There is still some way to go before ETA makes its way to...

2006-03-23 10:29:56

By Julia Hayley MADRID (Reuters) - Spain greeted Basque guerrilla group ETA's declaration of a ceasefire with a blend of hope and skepticism on Thursday, and the government indicated its response would be slow and cautious. The left-wing administration said it planned to meet opposition parties next week to chart the way ahead. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero did not say if or when he would start talking with ETA. Justice Minister Juan Fernando Lopez Aguilar said the...

2006-03-23 11:31:29

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - A U.S. security alert advising Americans of possible pre-election violence in Italy set off a storm of controversy on Thursday with the centre-left opposition saying it created a "climate of fear." The United States cited the possible threat of an al Qaeda attack ahead of the April 9-10 ballot and also pointed to the risk of domestic rallies turning violent after opponents of the conservative prime minister rioted in Milan this month. An nail-bomb...

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....

2006-03-22 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...

2006-02-26 06:07:03

MADRID (Reuters) - A small incendiary device exploded at a bank cash machine in the city of Vitoria in Spain's Basque Country on Saturday night, injuring two people, police said on Sunday. Police said they did not know who was responsible, but the tactic is similar to previous attacks by armed Basque separatist group ETA or youth groups that support the outlawed organization. Basque police said a camping gas canister had exploded outside a bank just before midnight, slightly...

2006-02-25 17:43:09

By Ben Harding and Emma Pinedo MADRID (Reuters) - Victims of ETA's campaign of violence led tens of thousands of protesters through Madrid on Saturday in a warning to Spain's Socialist government not to negotiate with the Basque separatist group. Marching from the Plaza de la Argentina -- a square where an ETA car bomb wounded 16 civil guards in 1985 -- people hurt in ETA attacks and opposition figures including ex-Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar carried banners that read: "Not in my...


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