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Outcry in Spain over tributes to freed ETA prisoners

Madrid - Tributes paid to two members of the Basque separatist group ETA when they left jail sparked outrage Tuesday in Spain, prompting the government to called for an investigation.

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.

France and Spain mark 'victory' against ETA

Madrid - The prime ministers of France and Spain marked their countries' "victory" in fighting ETA in Madrid on Monday, five months after the Basque separatist group disbanded, leaving at least 853 dead in its wake.

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.

Remembering ETA in Basque Country, a divisive challenge

Guernica - As the director of a peace museum in Spain's Guernica, the Basque town infamously destroyed during the civil war, Iratxe Momoitio has often heard young visitors ask a surprising question."What is ETA?

ETA legacy haunts leftist Basque separatist parties

Madrid - With the end of ETA, the struggle for independence in Spain's Basque Country falls to left-wing separatist parties which have not yet fully distanced themselves from its bloody legacy.

Spain vows no let-up for terror convicts as ETA dissolves

Madrid - Spain vowed to bring to justice all those who committed crimes in the name of former Basque separatist group ETA even as its formal dissolution was sealed on Friday with calls for reconciliation.

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 leader says region 'does not know peace or freedom'

Donostia-san Sebasti - Veteran Basque leader Arnaldo Otegi vowed Thursday to keep pushing for independence for the northern Spanish region, saying it "does not know peace or freedom," after separatist group ETA announced it had disbanded.

'15 minutes' to end ETA's 60-year armed struggle

Geneva - It was a short-lived, somewhat chaotic scene in Geneva Thursday that marked the end point of nearly six decades of armed struggle by Basque separatist group ETA.

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.

ETA ends Europe's last armed insurgency

Donostia-san Sebasti - Basque separatist group ETA formally declared its dissolution Thursday, marking the definitive end to western Europe's last armed insurgency.

Spain PM says 'no impunity' for ETA after dissolution

Donostia-san Sebasti - Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy said Thursday there would be "no impunity" for ETA's crimes even though the Basque separatist group has committed to fully disbanding after more than four decades of violence.

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.

Basque separatists ETA announce dissolution

Donostia-san Sebasti - Basque separatist group ETA announced it was fully disbanding, the final step to the definitive end of its deadly decades-long independence campaign, in a letter published Wednesday.

As ETA prepares to disband Basque prisoners pine for home

Bayonne - Nearly every weekend finds Zigor Goieaskoetxea on the road, clocking up thousands of kilometres to visit two jailed brothers -- one in France, one in Spain.

Catalonia and Basque Country: Spanish separatists go different ways

Madrid - With the Basque Country and Catalonia going their different ways, the Spanish government has avoided the nightmare of a joint independence front between the two wealthy regions.The northern Basque Country, home to 2.

ETA hands over arms ahead of expected disbanding

Bayonne - Basque separatist group ETA has handed over several cases of weapons and munitions as a confidence-building measure ahead of its expected disbanding, a French prosecutor said 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.

Basques show empathy for Catalonia but want to keep the peace

Bilbao - "Let the Catalans vote!" It is a phrase widely heard across Spain's Basque Country in fiercely separatist villages as well as in large moderate cities, often mingled with exasperation at Madrid.

Basque leader urges Madrid to allow independence votes

Madrid - The regional leader of Spain's Basque Country, where nationalist sentiments run high, urged Madrid on Sunday to allow independence referendums like those held in Scotland and Quebec.

Basques march in solidarity with Catalan independence vote

Madrid - Thousands of Basques holding banners that read "we want to decide" marched Saturday in support of Catalonia's independence referendum to separate from Madrid, which Basque separatists have long fought for.

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 must be unconditional: France

Paris - The Basque separatist group ETA's pledge to fully lay down its arms after decades of violence will not "be subject to any negotiations", French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said Saturday.
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