Bush thanks Italians

ROME, March 22 (UPI) -- President Bush Monday thanked Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi for extending the mandate of Italian troops in Iraq, the news agency ANSA reported.

ETA wants dialogue with Spain's new PM

MADRID, March 21 (UPI) -- The Basque separatist group ETA, seeking a dialogue with Spain's incoming Socialist government, wants the new prime minister to make move for peace.

Defeated party sues Almodovar

MADRID, March 17 (UPI) -- The defeated Popular Party is suing Spanish film maker Pedro Almodovar for saying that the party was planning a coup on the eve of Sunday's general elections.

U.S.: Ties with Spain 'made in blood'

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The United States and Spain share "a bond made in blood" and are together in the fight against terror, the State Department said Wednesday.

White House ignores Zapatero comment

WASHINGTON, March 17 (UPI) -- The White House turned an official blind eye and deaf ear Wednesday to Spain's prime minister-elect saying he wanted Democrat John Kerry in the White House.

Spain leader firm on Iraq troops

MADRID, March 17 (UPI) -- Spain's new leader Wednesday rejected calls for him to reconsider withdrawing Spanish soldiers from Iraq.

U.S. urges resolve against terrorism

WASHINGTON, March 16 (UPI) -- The United States urged allies Tuesday to show resolve despite terrorist attacks in Spain and election results that foreshadow Spanish troops leaving Iraq.

U.S says Spain will continue terror fight

NEW DELHI, March 16 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell says Spain would remain steadfast in its fight against terrorism irrespective of the change in the government.

Blair speaks with new Spanish PM

LONDON, March 15 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair and Spanish prime minister-elect Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero held a 15-minute conversation Monday.

Bush calls Spain's new PM-elect

WASHINGTON, March 15 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush called Spain's prime minister-elect Monday to offer congratulations and reaffirm cooperation in fighting terror, the White House said.

New Spanish government pulls Iraq troops

MADRID, March 15 (UPI) -- Spain's newly elected socialist leader Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Monday the country will bring its 1,300 peacekeeping troops home from Iraq.

Socialists sweep to power in Spain

MADRID, March 14 (UPI) -- Spain´s Socialist Party swept to victory in general elections Sunday in a surprise vote seen as a backlash to Thursday´s terror strikes.

UPI Hears:

UPI Hears... Israel nervous about Saudi war games...Will the euro beat the dollar in Russia?...Europe, Russian to get wired...EU members battle over agencies...Spanish Socialist snubs U.S. flag
MARTIN WALKER, Chief UPI International Correspondent
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Jose Luis Rodriguez
Jose Luis Rodriquez, "El Puma", performs in concert at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood, Florida on July 20, 2006. (UPI Photo/Michael Bush)

José Luis Rodríguez González (born January 14, 1943 in Caracas), nicknamed El Puma (Cougar) is a Venezuelan singer and actor who has recorded many international super hits and participated in a handful of telenovelas.

Rodríguez lost his father (who hailed from the Canary Islands) at the age of six, and was raised by his mother (an illiterate then, learned to read as an adult in order to read the bible) along with 11 brothers and sisters. He grew up in very modest conditions, having to shine shoes, and pack bags in a supermarket for a living at an early age. Without an academic formation, he shaped himself as a singer and actor by empirical means.

As his mother participated in the revolt against Marcos Pérez Jiménez (holding weapons and hiding politicians in her home), Rodríguez lived in exile in Ecuador with her and his brother, for a couple of years.

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