Catholics protest gay marriage bill

MADRID, June 19 (UPI) -- An estimated 200,000 Roman Catholics took to the streets of Madrid to protest a bill that would legalize gay marriage in Spain.

Spain turns down talks with ETA

MADRID, June 17 (UPI) -- Spain's leaders said Friday they would not engaged in talks with the Basque separatist group ETA as long as it engages in violence.

Bomb explodes near Spanish airport

MADRID, June 10 (UPI) -- A bomb exploded Friday near an airport in Spain and authorities blame the Basque separatist group ETA for the blast.

Spain requests Ortegi arrest ... again

MADRID, June 1 (UPI) -- Spain's public prosecutor made a request Wednesday that a Basque leader be charged with belonging to the armed separatist group ETA.

Basque party wants peace talks

MADRID, May 31 (UPI) -- The banned Basque political party Batasuna wants to hold talks with both French and Spanish leaders, El Mundo reported Tuesday.

Spain stands by EU constitution

MADRID, May 30 (UPI) -- Reacting to France's rejection of the Eureopean Union constitution, Spain's Prime Minister said Monday Spain was right to accept it.

EU leaders say process must go on

MADRID, May 29 (UPI) -- A number of European leaders, stung by the French rejection, were calling Sunday for voting on the European Union constitution to continue.

Spain: Police say bombing not ETA's

MADRID, May 29 (UPI) -- Spanish police say an explosion last week at the tomb of former dictator Gen. Francisco Franco was not terror related.

Spain: Explosion hits train station

MADRID, May 27 (UPI) -- An explosion ripped through a train station in northern Spain Friday, causing serious damage to the building.

Basque spokesman arrested, linked to ETA

MADRID, May 26 (UPI) -- Basque Nationalist Party spokesman Arnaldo Otegi has been jailed on suspicion of being a leader of the armed separatist group ETA.

Spain: Truck bomb explodes in capital

MADRID, May 25 (UPI) -- A small truck laden with explosives detonated Wednesday in Madrid, injuring several people.

Bomb explodes in Spain; no injuries

MADRID, May 22 (UPI) -- A small bomb exploded in northeastern Spain Sunday, but no deaths or injuries were reported.

Spain agrees to talks with ETA

MADRID, May 17 (UPI) -- Spanish lawmakers decided Tuesday to initiate new talks with the Basque separatist group ETA, providing the organization disarms.

Spain: Prime Minister wants talks with ETA

MADRID, May 16 (UPI) -- Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero is offering to open a dialogue with the country's Basque separatist group, ETA.

Spanish defense minister arrives in U.S.

WASHINGTON, May 2 (UPI) -- Spain's Defense Minister Jose Bono Monday started his four-day U.S. reconciliation visit by meeting with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld.
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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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