Relations between Spain, Israel strained

MADRID, July 20 (UPI) -- Relations between Spain and Israel were strained when Spain's prime minister criticized Israel for using "abusive force in Lebanon, El Pais reported Thursday.

Pope, in Spain, hails traditional values

VALENCIA, Spain, July 9 (UPI) -- Pope Benedict XVI told an outdoor mass in Valencia, Spain Sunday that marriage between a man and a woman was part of God's "loving plan."

Spanish judge to probe deadly train wreck

VALENCIA, Spain, July 4 (UPI) -- A judge in Spain Tuesday began taking witness statements about a commuter train crash in Valencia that killed at least 41 people and injured 47 others.

Spain: Prime minister plans ETA talks

MADRID, June 29 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister announced Thursday he would pursue historic peace talks with the Basque separatist group ETA, El Pais reported online.

Spain: Zapatero avoids ETA issue

MADRID, May 30 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister addressed the country's ongoing immigration and economic reforms Tuesday but he shied away from mentioning the separatist movement.

Spain initiates uneasy peace with ETA

MADRID, May 21 (UPI) -- Spain's president said he plans to announce in parliament "the start of the process of dialogue to achieve the end of violence with ETA," the BBC reported.

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Spain says ETA should stop extorting

MADRID, April 4 (UPI) -- Spanish leaders say a Basque separatist group should maintain its cease-fire and stop using extortion, El Mundo reported online.

Spanish leaders back ETA ceasefire

MADRID, March 27 (UPI) -- Spanish leaders from both sides of the political aisle have pledged to work together to support the ceasefire proposal from Basque separatists ETA. In separate interviews published over the weekend in Spanish newspapers, the country's socialist prime mini

ETA calls for Spanish, French cooperation

MADRID, March 23 (UPI) -- The Basque separatist group ETA Thursday called for Spain and France to react positively to its announcement of a permanent cease-fire.

Spanish opposition wants Cuba condemnation

MADRID, March 7 (UPI) -- Spain's political opposition called for the prime minister to condemn a recent increase in repression in Cuba, Spain's EFE news agency reported Tuesday.

Spain set to write off Bolivian debt

MADRID, Jan. 5 (UPI) -- Spanish leaders said they would write off a large portion of Bolivia's foreign debt to Madrid, El Mundo reported Thursday.

Spain and China to ramp up relations

MADRID, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Spain and China sought to ramp up trade relations during a visit by Chinese President Hu Jintao to Spain, El Mundo newspaper reported Wednesday.

Spain, China leaders meet amid protests

MADRID, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao is in Spain for his final stop on a three-country tour of Europe.

No progress in latest Spain-Basque talks

MADRID, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- The latest peace talks between the Spanish government and the Basques reportedly have made little progress.

Spain mourns for 17 slain soldiers

MADRID, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister and royal family attended a funeral Saturday in Madrid for 17 soldiers killed in Afghanistan.

Spain: Keep pressuring ETA says minister

MADRID, July 31 (UPI) -- Spain's interior minister said the Basque separatist group "ETA is a terrorist organization that is alive and active" in an interview published Sunday.

Two bombs blasts blamed on ETA

MADRID, July 29 (UPI) -- Two road bombings attributed to Spain's Basque separatist group ETA halted traffic Friday along main highways, though no one was hurt.

Spain: Zapatero visits blaze site

MADRID, July 24 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said Sunday he would declare an area devastated by wildfires a disaster area.

Spain wants end to China arms embargoes

MADRID, July 22 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister is calling for the European Union to lift its arms embargo against China during his visit to Beijing.

Spain lays out new firefighting plans

MADRID, July 21 (UPI) -- Spain is laying out a new strategy for fighting forest fires following a blaze this week in a nature reserve that killed 11 firefighters.

Spain promoting harsh penalties for fires

MADRID, July 20 (UPI) -- Spain's prime minister said there would be harsh penalties for those who start forest fires such as the one that destroyed a Spanish nature reserve.

Spain: Majority favor ETA talks

MADRID, July 13 (UPI) -- A majority of Spanish citizens favors talks with the Basque separatist group ETA if the separatists agree to renounce violence.

Spain: Four bomb blasts attributed to ETA

MADRID, July 13 (UPI) -- Four bomb blasts attributed to the Basque separatist group ETA rocked northern Spain, though no one was injured, El Mundo reported Wednesday.
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