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Spanish troops arrive home

MADRID, April 20 (UPI) -- A planeload of 260 Spanish troops arrived in Madrid from Iraq Tuesday at the start of a promised pullout from the U.S.-led coalition.

WH insists Iraq coalition firm

WASHINGTON, April 20 (UPI) -- Decisions by Spain and Honduras to withdraw troops from Iraq do not mean the U.S.-led coalition in unraveling, the White House said Tuesday.

U.S.: Spain sets a bad example

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- The United States said Monday Spain's decision to withdraw troops from Iraq may also affect other countries.

Japanese PM declines comment on Spain

TOKYO, April 19 (UPI) -- Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi declined to comment Monday on Spain's pullout of troops from Iraq.

Muqtada Sadr: no attacks on Spanish troops

BAGHDAD, April 19 (UPI) -- Radical Shiite cleric Muqtada Sadr ordered his fighters Monday to stop attacking Spanish troops because Madrid said it was pulling soldiers from Iraq.

Bush urges coordinated Spanish pull out

WASHINGTON, April 19 (UPI) -- President George W. Bush urged Spain's new prime minister Monday not to withdraw troops from Iraq in a way that endangers other forces, the White House said.

Spain withdraws Iraq troops in 15 days

MADRID, April 18 (UPI) -- In one of his first acts as Spain's new prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero Sunday issued orders withdrawing all 1,300 Spanish troops from Iraq.

Spain's new prime minister sworn in

MADRID, April 17 (UPI) -- Socialist Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, who was swept into office days after the Madrid train bombings, was sworn in Saturday as prime minister of Spain.

Spain to remove precedent for male royals

MADRID, April 16 (UPI) -- Spaniards Friday welcomed a proposed change in the constitution to stop giving male heirs precedence over women in royal succession.

Madrid bombers 'purified' before attacks

MADRID, April 15 (UPI) -- The Islamic men who exploded four deadly bombs in Madrid last month drank holy water from Mecca just before the detonations, the New York Times reported.

Aznar to teach at Georgetown

WASHINGTON, April 5 (UPI) -- Outgoing Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar will teach at Georgetown University in Washington starting this fall, the college said Monday.

Zapatero steers Spain firmly to the left

MADRID, March 31 (UPI) -- Spain's newly elected Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero thinks his country is ready for a sexual and social revolution, the New York Times reported.

Spain won't bow to Blair's Iraq plea

MADRID, March 25 (UPI) -- Newly elected Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero has reaffirmed his intentions to pull 1,300 troops from Iraq, The Times of London reported.

Powell meets Spain's Socialist leader

MADRID, March 25 (UPI) -- Secretary of State Colin Powell tried to persuade new Spainish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero not to withdraw Spanish troops from Iraq.

Blair, others to attend Spain funeral

MADRID, March 23 (UPI) -- British Prime Minister Tony Blair arrived Tuesday in Spain to attend the state funeral for more than 200 victims of the Madrid train terror attacks.
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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero
Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, president of Spain,, signs the anti- nuclear terrorist treaty which he will sign at the United Nations on September 14, 2005 in New York City. The "International Convention for the Supression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism" treaty is being signed by numerous heads of state during the 2005 World Summit at the UN. (UPI Photo/Monika Graff)
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José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero (Spanish pronunciation:  ( listen); born 4 August 1960) is a Spanish politician and member of the Spanish Socialist Workers' Party (PSOE). He was elected for terms as Prime Minister of Spain in the 2004 and 2008 general elections. On 2 April 2011 he announced he will not stand for re-election in 2012.

The main actions taken by the Zapatero administration include the withdrawal of Spanish troops from the Iraq war, which resulted in long term diplomatic tension with the George W. Bush administration; the increase of Spanish troops in Afghanistan; the idea of an Alliance of Civilizations, co-sponsored by Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan; the legalisation of same-sex marriage; reform of abortion law; a controversial attempt at peace negotiation with ETA (a proscribed terrorist organisation); the increase of tobacco restrictions; and the reform of various Autonomous statutes, particularly the Statute of Catalonia.

José Luis Rodríguez Zapatero was born in Valladolid, Castile and León to Juan Rodríguez y García-Lozano (b. 1928), a lawyer, and María de la Purificación Zapatero y Valero (Valladolid, 1927 - Madrid, 30 October 2000). He grew up in León, where his family originated.

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