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 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)

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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