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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...

2006-02-16 10:06:26

By Blanca Rodriguez MADRID (Reuters) - Armed Basque separatist group ETA could announce a ceasefire soon, and plans are ready to launch a peace process if the truce is declared, several Spanish newspapers reported on Thursday. The Spanish government reacted cautiously to the news reports, which follow growing speculation of an imminent breakthrough in the long-running Basque conflict. "The end of ETA is practically irreversible and the formal, solemn announcement of a ceasefire...

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...

2006-01-04 17:34:45

By Joe Ortiz MADRID (Reuters) - Bolivian president-elect Evo Morales said on Wednesday that Spain had agreed to forgive most of its $120 million debt burden and support the South American country's aim to fight poverty. Speaking on the first leg of a 10-nation tour after his election win, the former coca leaf farmer was nevertheless adamant about the South American country's desire to regain control of its wealth. "Bolivia needs economic partners, not owners of its natural...

2005-12-26 15:06:43

By Adrian Croft MADRID (Reuters) - Spain should push to be a member of the Group of Eight (G8) club of leading economies now that its output has surpassed that of G8 member Canada, an influential Spanish thinktank said on Monday. The Financial Studies Foundation presented a study setting out Spain's credentials to be part of the G8 at a meeting of its board, which includes some of Spain's top business executives. Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, the foundation's...

2005-12-23 23:52:14

MADRID (Reuters) - A church-controlled radio station apologized on Friday for a stunt in which a radio comic posing as Spain's prime minister called Bolivia's future president, sparking a row involving Spain, Bolivia and the Vatican. Spain and Bolivia accepted the apology by Cope radio, whose comic, pretending to be Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, telephoned Evo Morales and implied that Bolivia and Spain would join a left-wing axis involving Cuba and Venezuela. "We are...

2005-12-01 13:11:12

By Mark John BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union parliamentarians accused leaders of the 25-country bloc on Thursday of failing to press the United States hard enough on media reports of secret CIA jails holding terrorism suspects in Europe. Members of the European Parliament said EU presidency holder Britain and the EU Commission had shirked a full investigation into allegations the CIA was running secret jails in Eastern Europe and covertly flying prisoners through EU airports....

2005-11-28 06:42:17

By Adrian Croft BARCELONA (Reuters) - Leaders from the European Union and 10 Mediterranean nations battled to agree on a code of conduct against terrorism and a vision statement on Middle East peace in the final hours of a lacklustre summit on Monday. Diplomats said foreign ministers of the 35 countries failed at a late-night session to resolve differences over whether to distinguish between terrorism and a right to resist occupation, and what to say about the Israeli-Palestinian...

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...


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