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Thousands protest sentences in Basque bar brawl trial

Pamplona - More than 7,000 people marched in the northern Spanish city of Pamplona Saturday to protest revised sentences handed down to eight people convicted of beating up two off-duty policemen in 2016.

Rolling in euskos: French Basques' thriving currency

Bayonne - Nipping out to buy a cup of coffee or some bread? These days in France's Basque region it may well be euskos, not euros, that you reach for in your wallet.

Catalonia's frustrated dream: to tax and spend like Basques

Madrid - Spain's refusal to extend the tax-and-spend privileges enjoyed by the wealthy Basque region, which collects its own taxes and spends the money as it pleases, has fuelled the rise of separatism in Catalonia, experts and commentators say.

Suspected ETA leader charged in Paris

Paris - Suspected senior ETA leader Mikel Irastorza was charged in Paris on Wednesday with criminal association with a terrorist organisation and placed in detention, court sources said.

ETA leader taken to Paris for questioning after arrest

Paris - Senior ETA leader Mikel Irastorza, who was arrested over the weekend in southwest France, was transferred to Paris on Monday for questioning, judicial sources said.

ETA member jailed 92 years over plot to kill Spanish king

Madrid - A Spanish court on Friday sentenced a member of Basque separatist group ETA to 92 years in prison over a failed plot to kill Spain's king at the opening of Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum in 1997.

ETA calls for peace talks, return of prisoners

Madrid - Basque separatist group ETA called Sunday for peace talks with the Spanish and French governments and the return of ETA prisoners to the northern Basque region.

Basque leader gets hero's welcome after release from jail

Donostia-san Sebasti - Thousands of people in the heart of Spain's Basque country gave a hero's welcome on Saturday to a veteran separatist leader, following his release after more than six years behind bars.

Basque nationalists avoid jail in Spain after admitting ETA link

Madrid - More than 30 Basque nationalists on trial in a high-security facility near Madrid were spared jail Wednesday, after signing a judicial deal in which they admitted their links to the armed ETA group.

Thousands march in Bilbao for return of ETA prisoners

Madrid - Tens of thousands protested in Bilbao, northern Spain calling for the return of more than 400 prisoners linked to the Basque separatist group ETA who are being held outside the region.

100 Basque exiles will return to Spain from France: ETA

Bayonne - Around 100 fugitives from ETA said Saturday they will return to the Spanish Basque country from southwestern France as the considerably weakened separatist group moves towards a historic disarmament.Earlier this month western Europe's last major violen...

Basque group ETA vows to put arsenal 'out of use'

Madrid - The Basque group ETA announced Saturday it would put its arsenal of weapons "under seal" and "out of operational use", in a move towards a historic disarmament by western Europe's last major violent separatist movement.In a statement published in the B...

Monitors urge Spain to grab chance for peace after ETA meet

Madrid - International monitors pledged Sunday to cooperate with a Spanish tribunal over their meeting with masked militants from the armed Basque separatist group ETA, saying there was a real chance for peace.Three members of the International Verification Com...

Bomb Explodes in a Restaurant on Majorca

There were no injuries reported today after police on the Spanish island of Majorca, supposedly acting after receiving a telephone warning, were able to evacuate a restaurant before a bomb exploded.

Basque Nightclub & Restaurant Lost in Early Morning Fireball

"I saw what looked like an orange meteor busting through the roof...a half moon of orange glow," recalled Councilman Tom LaBonge, who was hiking close to the Griffith Park Observatory at 5:45 a.m. The city's declared the building "under demolition".

Second Spanish Policeman Killed In "Eta Attack"

During a surveillance operation on members suspected of being apart of the Basque separatist group, Eta, a second Spanish policeman was shot and killed. Currently, three suspects are being hunted by French police.

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