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Josu Ternera, the 'grandfather' of ETA

Madrid - Josu Ternera, who was arrested Thursday in France after more than 16 years on the run, is one of the most influential leaders of the former Basque separatist group ETA who oversaw deadly attacks as well as secret talks with Madrid.

Fugitive ex-leader of ETA detained in France

Bonneville - Josu Ternera, one of the most influential leaders of former Basque separatist group ETA, was arrested in France on Thursday after more than 16 years on the run, Spain's interior ministry said.

Thousands demand transfers for ETA prisoners in Basque protest

Bilbao - Tens of thousands of people demonstrated in the Basque Country on Saturday demanding that prisoners linked to the former armed separatist group ETA be transferred to jails closer to the northern Spanish region.

Fate of ETA prisoners divides Spain

Madrid - ETA may be history but the dilemma of what to do with prisoners linked to the former armed separatist group stirs passions in the Basque Country, where a protest in their favour is due Saturday.

Details emerge of Basque separatist group ETA's attacks

Madrid - In its last internal newsletter before it dissolved, ETA said it had killed 758 people in its decades-long campaign for independence, a newspaper that was once the Basque separatist group's mouthpiece revealed on Tuesday.

After years in jail, ex-ETA militants still root for independence

Donostia-san Sebasti - Antton Lopez Ruiz spent over 26 years in jail for his deadly militancy in Basque separatist group ETA. While that part of his life is over, his desire for independence is still very much alive.

ETA member leaves Spanish prison after 30 years

Madrid - A key ETA member on Sunday left jail in Spain after 30 years behind bars for his role in attacks by the Basque separatists, including their deadliest ever, prison authorities said.

French Basque Country set for ETA's final dissolution act

Cambo-les-bains - ETA ends its days-long dissolution process Friday at a peace conference in the French Basque Country, putting paid to western Europe's last armed insurgency after more than four decades of violence.

Basque Country says farewell to ETA

Salvatierra - "ETA, Farewell and go with honour" reads graffiti in Spain's Basque Country as the separatist group disbands, a move many feel was long in coming in a region where nationalist feelings still run high.

Key dates in history of Basque group ETA

Madrid - Key dates in the history of the armed Basque separatist movement ETA, which announced it had fully disbanded in a letter published on Wednesday.

Healing wounds in Spain's Basque Country after ETA

Portugalete - Ivan Ramos often sees the ETA-linked murderer of his mother in his Basque town of Portugalete and has had to learn to live with it.

ETA peace conference called for May 4: mediator

Bayonne - An international conference to support the peace process in the Basque region is to be held in France in early May, a mediator said Monday, as separatist group ETA prepares to disband.

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.

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.

Spanish police question four over homage to late ETA member

Madrid - Spanish police held and questioned four Basque separatists for several hours Tuesday for paying homage to a former leading member of separatist group ETA who died in November.

Basque separatist group ETA puts dissolution to vote: report

Madrid - Basque militant separatist group ETA has put its proposed dissolution to an internal vote, according to extracts of a letter by its leaders published Thursday in Basque newspaper Gara.

Europe court orders Spain to compensate ETA bombers for ill treatment

Strasbourg - Europe's top rights court on Tuesday ordered Spain to compensate two ETA members convicted of the 2006 bombing of Madrid airport for the "inhuman and degrading treatment" they suffered in police custody.

ETA launches internal debate after disarmament move

Madrid - The Basque separatist group ETA said on Sunday it would consult its members on "future decisions" following its unilateral disarmament, a Basque newspaper reported.

ETA disarmament move a 'public relations ploy,' says expert

Paris - The Basque group ETA on Saturday gave France a list of arms caches to finalise a promise to disarm, but what the French Interior minister described as a "major step" is nothing more than a "public relations ploy," an analyst said.

Spain demands that ETA apologise and disband

Madrid - Spain on Saturday demanded that Basque separatist group ETA apologise for decades of violence and then disband "definitively" after it provided France with a list of arms caches to finalise a promise to disarm.

Hate to peace, a victim of Basque armed group remembers

Donostia-san Sebasti - Inaki Garcia Arrizabalaga was 19 when a breakaway commando of the Basque separatist group ETA murdered his father, plunging him into a "spiral of hate" before he changed his outlook and started working for peace in his homeland.

Hate to peace, a victim of Basque armed group remembers

Donostia-san Sebasti - Inaki Garcia Arrizabalaga was 19 when a breakaway commando of the Basque separatist group ETA murdered his father, plunging him into a "spiral of hate" before he changed his outlook and started working for peace in his homeland.

Hate to peace, a victim of Basque armed group remembers

Donostia-san Sebasti - Inaki Garcia Arrizabalaga was 19 when a breakaway commando of the Basque separatist group ETA murdered his father, plunging him into a "spiral of hate" before he changed his outlook and started working for peace in his homeland.

Basque leader Otegi sees hope for independence as ETA disarms

Donostia-san Sebasti - A veteran leader of the pro-independence movement in the Basque Country who was once part of the armed separatist group ETA, Arnaldo Otegi cuts a controversial figure.

Basque separatist group ETA - key dates in history

Paris - The following are dates in the history of the Basque separatist group ETA, which said it would hand over all its remaining weapons on Saturday.The group has been blamed for the death of 829 people in a campaign of violence that totalled 43 years.

France finds tonnes of ETA weapons after disarmament vow

Bayonne - French authorities on Saturday uncovered tonnes of weapons and explosives at arms dumps identified by ETA, following the Basque separatist group's vow to disarm after its long and often bloody drive for independence.

Basque group ETA gives French police a list of 12 arms caches

Bayonne - The Basque separatist group ETA has given the French police a list of 12 arms caches in southwestern France under its unilateral initiative to disarm, informed sources told AFP on Saturday.
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