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Thousands rally for ETA prisoners in Basque city

Bilbao - Thousands of protesters took to the streets of Bilbao in northern Spain on Saturday, urging better conditions for jailed members or collaborators of ETA just weeks before the Basque separatist group is due to disband.

Basque separatists ETA apologise in step to disbandment

Bilbao - Basque separatist group ETA asked forgiveness from its victims for the first time Friday for the "pain" caused by its decades-long campaign of violence, in a penultimate step towards disbandment.

Basque separatist group ETA apologises for 'harm' it caused

Madrid - The Basque separatist group ETA apologised Friday for the "pain" and "harm" it caused during its decades-long campaign of violence, and appealed to its victims for forgiveness."We have caused a lot of pain, and irreparable harm.

Basque group ETA to announce dissolution 'on May 5 or 6': mediator

Madrid - The Basque militant group ETA will make the highly anticipated announcement of its dissolution on the first weekend in May, an international mediator told Basque radio Thursday.

France, Britain, US want to regain 'prestige' with Syria strikes: dissident

Madrid - Far from "saving Syrians from brutality", the United States, France and Britain were likely only trying to regain international "prestige" when they attacked Bashar al-Assad's regime, prominent Syrian dissident Yassin al Haj Saleh told AFP.

Spain court confirms 535 years jail for ETA militants

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court confirmed 535-year prison sentences for two ETA militants, it said Wednesday, just weeks before the Basque separatist group is expected to announce its dissolution after decades of violence.

Trolleys bring relief for Moroccan 'mule women'

Ceuta - It's a form of hard labour that has provoked an outcry -- Moroccan women bent double, overburdened by goods approaching or exceeding their own bodyweight.

Inflated CVs, dubious degrees: Spain in 'mastergate' scandal

Madrid - Inflated CVs, degrees that may or may not be real... a scandal over how Madrid's leader obtained a law diploma has swept up other politicians in what has become Spain's "mastergate".

'Drug flats' blight the heart of Spanish cities

Madrid - A decade after Spain's property bubble burst, dozens of vacant apartments in Madrid and Barcelona city centres have turned into "drug flats", to the dismay of local residents who complain of abandoned syringes and frequent brawls.

Massive march in Barcelona against jailing of separatist leaders

Barcelona - Hundreds of thousands of people marched in Barcelona on Sunday to protest the jailing of nine Catalan separatist leaders facing trial on "rebellion" charges.

Another trade war looms with US... on Spanish olives

La Roda De Andaluc - The US flag still flutters next to others in front of the AgroSevilla factory, the world's biggest exporter of black olives based in southern Spain.

Spain gives Germany new Puigdemont info for extradition

Madrid - Spanish prosecutors have handed over new information to Germany they hope will back their demand to extradite former Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont on rebellion charges, the justice minister said Friday.

Saudi crown prince in Spain as warship sale mooted

Madrid - Saudi Arabia's crown prince held talks Thursday with Spain's king and prime minister in Madrid, the last stop of his global diplomatic charm offensive to try to project a new liberal image for his conservative kingdom.

Spain court rules proposed Catalan leader must stay in jail

Madrid - Spain's Supreme Court on Thursday rejected a request by Catalonia's pro-independence presidential candidate Jordi Sanchez to be let out of jail and sworn in as regional head.

Saudi crown prince meets Spain king as warship sale mooted

Madrid - Saudi Arabia's crown prince held talks with Spain's King Felipe VI on Thursday during an official visit to the country which coincides with negotiations to sell Spanish warships to the oil-rich kingdom.

Saudi crown prince arrives in Madrid on last stop of global tour

Madrid - Saudi Arabia's crown prince arrived in Madrid on Wednesday on the last stop of his global diplomatic charm offensive in a bid to project a new liberal image of his conservative kingdom.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Madrid - A woman was arrested Tuesday for "rebellion" and "terrorism" in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Court probes Catalan independence activists for 'terrorism'

Madrid - A woman was arrested Tuesday for "rebellion" and "terrorism" in a probe of pro-independence activists in Catalonia who have staged protests such as road blockades, the interior minister said.

Rousseff appeals for 'international solidarity' with Brazil's Lula

Madrid - Brazil's former president Dilma Rousseff on Tuesday called for "international solidarity" with her predecessor Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva who was jailed over the weekend on a corruption conviction.

Spain PM's party in hot water over Catalonia, fresh scandal

Madrid - With key elections looming next year, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's conservative party is in hot water as it is criticised for its handling of the Catalan crisis and a fresh scandal tarnishes its image.
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