Rumsfeld criticizes sales of boats, planes

MIAMI, April 6 (UPI) -- U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld says Spain is making a mistake by selling military planes and boats to Venezuela.

Spanish PM accuses Aznar of Madrid deceit

MADRID, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Spanish prime minister has accused the previous government of destroying evidence relating to the March 11 bombings and of deceiving the public.

Aznar maintains Eta link to Madrid attack

MADRID, Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Former Spanish Prime Pinister Jose Maria Aznar Monday called for a full investigation into links between Basque separatists and Islamist terror cells.

Chavez: Spain supported Venezuela coup

MADRID, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said Tuesday he is "certain" Spain's previous administration supported his nation's short-lived coup in 2002.

Aznar denies lobbying for Congress medal

MEXICO CITY, July 23 (UPI) -- The ex-president of Spain José María Aznar has denied having paid millions of dollars in public funds in order to receive the U.S. Congressional Gold Medal.

Domestic politics enter Madrid bomb probe

MADRID, July 15 (UPI) -- Allegations of political manipulation have entered into Spain's federal probe of the March 11 terror bombings in Madrid, the EFE news agency said Thursday.

Spain asked U.S. to speed Iraq invasion

BRUSSELS, July 11 (UPI) -- The Spanish government aksed the United States to speed its invasion of Iraq to lessen any impact on its electoral chances.

Spanish terror probe might call Aznar

MADRID, June 23 (UPI) -- Bipartisan demands have been made to have Spain's former Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar testify at the inquiry into the March 11 Madrid train bombings.

Spain's ex-PM: expects election attacks

ORANGE, Calif., May 16 (UPI) -- The former prime minister of Spain has warned the United States to be prepared for terrorist actions aimed at affecting the fall's presidential election.

The Almanac

Today is Wednesday, May 5, the 126th day of 2004 with 240 to follow.
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IMF confirms Rodrigo Rato as new leader

WASHINGTON, May 4 (UPI) -- Former Spanish Finance Minister Rodrigo Rato was confirmed Tuesday as the new managing director of the International Monetary Fund. He succeeds 61-year-old Hors
DAR HADDIX, UPI Business Correspondent

Bush, Blair, Aznar trial sought

BEIRUT, Lebanon, April 23 (UPI) -- Arab intellectuals and politicians want to try U.S. President George Bush, Britain's Tony Blair and Spain's ex-Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar for war crimes.

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.

Spain's gender balanced cabinet sworn in

MADRID, April 18 (UPI) -- Political history was made in Spain Sunday when the new socialist cabinet of eight men and eight women ministers was sworn in before King Juan Carlos I.

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.
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Jose Maria Aznar
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar shakes hands with U.S. President George W. Bush in the Oval Office of the White House on January 14, 2004. Aznar and Bush met to discuss post-war Iraq. (UPI Photo/Roger L. Wollenberg)

José María Alfredo Aznar López (Spanish pronunciation:   ( listen); born 25 February 1953) served as the Prime Minister of Spain from 1996 to 2004. He is currently on the board of directors of News Corporation.

Aznar, born in Madrid in 1953, is the son of Manuel Aznar Acedo, army official, journalist and radio broadcaster, and grandson of Manuel Aznar Zubigaray, a prominent journalist during the Franco era. Both father and grandfather held governmental positions during the years of Spain under Franco. He studied law at the Complutense University of Madrid, graduating in 1975, becoming a Spanish Tax Authority inspector in 1976.

As a teenager, Aznar was a member of the Frente de Estudiantes Sindicalistas (FES), a Student Union supporting the Falange, Franco's one-party fascist organization. After 1977 it would become Falange Española Independiente (FEI).

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