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The Spanish government has reportedly rejected the statement made earlier this month by the Basque separatist group Eta, saying that it is ready for a permanent ceasefire. (more…)

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In a video statement, Eta, the Basque separatist armed group, has declared a ceasefire.

Issued on Sunday on the Basque newspaper Gara‘s website, the video showed three masked men making a statement in Basque. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) (more…)

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For the first time, a large Spanish city announced a ban on the wearing of full Islamic face-veils in some public spaces.

Officials in Barcelona said that the ban was designed to include any head-wear that hindered identification. (photo, from bbcimg.co.uk) (more…)

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Baltasar Garzon (photo, from guardian.co.uk), a top Spanish judge, has pulled out of investigations into the fate of more than 100 000 people who vanished during the civil war and Franco dictatorship. (more…)

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The health of Guernica (photo), Picasso’s masterpiece that depicts intense suffering, is not in danger, said the Reina Sofia art museum, after carrying out the first X-ray of Pablo Picasso’s 20th century anti-war painting. (more…)

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The conviction of four people, found guilty of involvement in the Madrid train bombings in 2004(photo), has been overturned by Spain’s Supreme Court. They were among 21 people, convicted last year over the attacks, which killed 191 people. (more…)

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Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, Spain’s prime minister, whose party won re-election last month, has unveiled his new cabinet and for the first time it includes more women than men.

After being sworn in by King Juan Carlos, Mr Zapatero said“I feel very proud that there are more women ministers than men”. (more…)

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