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Latest Stories Sid Lowe: Ramalho helping dispel longstanding myth at Athletic Bilbaoupdated: Wed Nov 23 2011 17:29:00

There were four minutes to go against Sevilla on Sunday evening and Athletic Bilbao were on course for their first victory at the Sánchez Pizjuán in 18 years when the coach Marcelo Bielsa made his final substitution.

Gerry Adams: Basque peace move an essential step updated: Fri Oct 21 2011 12:27:00

The decisive and positive terms of ETA's response to Monday's "Declaration" in Donostia-San Sebastian by the International Conference group is to be welcomed, as is the response of the Spanish government and others.

CNNMoney: Moody's creates more trouble for Spainupdated: Fri Jul 29 2011 13:59:00

Moody's Investors Service downgraded six regions of Spain on Friday, and warned that other regions could also face a downgrade.

Police arrest 2 suspected Basque separatist leaders in Franceupdated: Fri Mar 11 2011 13:24:00

French police arrested four suspected members of the outlawed Basque separatist group ETA late Thursday, including the armed group's alleged military chief and also the suspected logistics chief, the Spanish Interior Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

Suspected Basque separatists arrested, explosives confiscatedupdated: Tue Mar 01 2011 07:57:00

Police arrested four suspected members of the Basque separatist group ETA early Tuesday, seizing 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of explosives, Spanish Interior Minister Alfredo Perez Rubalcaba said.

Police arrest suspected top computer programmer for ETAupdated: Tue Jan 11 2011 14:46:00

Police arrested a suspected top computer programmer for the Basque separatist group ETA in France Tuesday, the Spanish Interior Ministry said.

ETA announces permanent cease-fire in Spainupdated: Mon Jan 10 2011 08:50:00

The Basque separatist group ETA said Monday it was declaring a permanent cease-fire.

Spain arrests 9 with suspected links to ETAupdated: Tue Sep 14 2010 05:17:00

Spanish police early Tuesday arrested nine people for suspected links to the Basque separatist group ETA, the first such detentions since ETA declared a unilateral cease-fire earlier this month, an Interior Ministry spokesman told CNN.

ETA cease-fire called 'inadequate'updated: Mon Sep 06 2010 15:06:00

The Basque separatist group ETA declares a cease-fire, but Spain is skeptical. CNN's Al Goodman reports.

ETA declares cease-fireupdated: Mon Sep 06 2010 12:18:00

The basque separatist group ETA, blamed for hundreds of deaths in Spain and France, is declaring a new cease-fire.

A tapas tour of Spainupdated: Mon May 10 2010 08:05:00

I never tire of tapas. Sure, you can find them in some American cities, but for the true tapas experience, you must go to Spain.

Police arrest 69 suspected members of Georgian-run mafiaupdated: Mon Mar 15 2010 12:08:00

Police across Europe arrested 69 suspected members of a Georgian-run mafia, including 24 in Spain, which was leading the investigation, a National Court spokeswoman told CNN Monday.

'Most-wanted' ETA suspects seized at ski resortupdated: Wed Aug 19 2009 13:26:00

Spanish police shortened their list of most-wanted fugitives Wednesday with the capture of two suspected members of the Basque-region separatist group ETA, officials told CNN.

Mallorca bombing aftermathupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 10:01:00

An explosion near a police station killed two officers on the Mediterranean island of Mallorca.

Bombing wave marks ETA campaign's 50th yearupdated: Mon Aug 10 2009 10:01:00

The separatist group behind a series of bombings on a Spanish vacation island marks the 50 year anniversary of its struggle this year, a milestone that sees it no closer to achieving its goal.

Two guards die in latest Spain bombingupdated: Thu Jul 30 2009 18:55:00

Two Civil Guard agents were killed Thursday in an explosion outside a barracks on a Spanish island popular with tourists, Palma de Mallorca city hall officials said.

Car bomb in Spain injures 40updated: Wed Jul 29 2009 10:05:00

A car bomb exploded early Wednesday outside the Civil Guard barracks in the northern Spanish city of Burgos, injuring at least 40 people and causing substantial damage, an Interior Ministry official said.

Policeman killed in car bomb blast in Spain's Basque regionupdated: Fri Jun 19 2009 08:24:00

A car bomb exploded Friday morning in Spain's northern Basque region, killing a police officer inside the vehicle, officials said.

Socialist elected as new president of Basque regionupdated: Tue May 05 2009 17:06:00

A Socialist was elected for the first time as Basque regional president on Tuesday, ending decades of pro-independence Basque nationalist rule in northern Spain.

Suspected Basque separatist leader arrested in Franceupdated: Sun Apr 19 2009 08:44:00

The suspected leader of the Basque separatist group, ETA, and two alleged accomplices were arrested over the weekend in France.

Contador wraps up Tour of Basque Countryupdated: Sat Apr 11 2009 13:55:00

Alberto Contador scored an emphatic victory in the final 24 kilometer time trial to wrap up overall honors in the Tour of Basque Country on Saturday.

Pinotti maintains Columbia's winning runupdated: Fri Apr 10 2009 14:06:00

Team Columbia's winning streak in Europe's top races continued on Friday when Italian Marco Pinotti secured victory in stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country.

Albasini wins stage as Contador still leadsupdated: Thu Apr 09 2009 14:03:00

Swiss Michael Albasini continued Team Columbia's impressive start to the cycling season with victory in stage four of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday.

Impressive Contador secures Basque leadupdated: Wed Apr 08 2009 13:49:00

Defending Giro d'Italia and Vuelta Espana champion Alberto Contador again showed he is the man to beat in this year's major stage races with an impressive win in Wednesday's 172.5km third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.

Trofimov attack brings Basque stage winupdated: Tue Apr 07 2009 15:36:00

Russian Yuri Trofimov launched a dramatic late attack to claim victory in the 164-kilometer second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country from Ataun to Villatuerta on Tuesday.

Nationalists may lose power in Spain's Basque electionupdated: Mon Mar 02 2009 03:20:00

The incumbent Basque nationalists won the most seats in Basque regional parliamentary elections on Sunday, but they could lose a 29-year hold on power because three non-nationalist parties won a combined majority for the first time, according to official election results.

Basque separatists not running in regional electionsupdated: Sat Feb 28 2009 10:18:00

The Basque separatist group ETA is not running in the Basque regional parliamentary elections Sunday, but the future of the troubled region in northern Spain and the weakened-yet-still-dangerous ETA are utmost on many voters' minds.

Bomb explodes in Spainupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 08:04:00

A bomb exploded outside a television station in Spain's Basque region after police got a warning call, authorities said.

Spain: Bomb blast in Bilbao after ETA warningupdated: Wed Dec 31 2008 08:04:00

A powerful car bomb exploded outside a regional television station in Spain's Basque region Wednesday after police got a warning call from the separatist group ETA, authorities said.

United Europe celebrates ethnic diversityupdated: Thu Nov 20 2008 10:10:00

One of the things that charms me about traveling through Europe is its ethnic variety. Hop on a train and two hours later you step into a different culture, different language and different heritage.

ETA suspects held before soldier's funeralupdated: Tue Sep 23 2008 15:41:00

French police have arrested two suspected ETA members, and an international alert has been put out for an ETA militant recently released from jail.

Car bomb in northern Spain kills soldierupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 07:29:00

A car bomb exploded early Monday in northern Spain, killing an army soldier and wounding 10 others in an attack authorities blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.

Seven hurt in Basque bombingsupdated: Mon Sep 22 2008 04:03:00

Two car bombs exploded in Spain's northern Basque region early Sunday, and the second one injured seven people, a Basque regional police spokesman told CNN.

Anonymous warning precedes Spain bomb blast updated: Sun Jun 01 2008 02:29:00

A bomb exploded in the northern port city of Zarautz in Spain's Basque region Sunday, slightly wounding three people.

ETA: We will continue Basque fightupdated: Fri May 30 2008 08:46:00

The Basque separatist group ETA warned on Friday that its violent 40-year-fight for Basque independence "will continue" if the Spanish government doesn't offer "an adequate response to the root of the problem."

Basque ETA leader arrested in France updated: Wed May 21 2008 06:18:00

The suspected leader of the Basque separatist group ETA was arrested late Tuesday in southern France in an operation that has also netted five other suspects, Spain's Interior Minister said Wednesday

Spain: Car bomb kills one, injures fourupdated: Wed May 14 2008 04:18:00

A car bomb explosion at a civil guard barracks in northern Spain killed a guard member and wounded four others Wednesday, a Basque regional police spokeswoman told CNN.

ETA blamed for trio of bomb blastsupdated: Thu May 01 2008 04:35:00

Three bombs blamed by police on Basque separatist group ETA exploded early Thursday in northern Spain's Basque region, causing damage but no reports of casualties.

Two possible ETA bombs explode in northern Spainupdated: Wed Apr 30 2008 20:55:00

Two bombs exploded overnight in northern Spain's Basque country, though there were no reports of casualties.

Kirchen clinches Fleche Wallonne crownupdated: Wed Apr 23 2008 13:04:00

Luxembourg cyclist Kim Kirchen claimed the biggest win of his career with victory in pouring rain in the Fleche Wallonne classic race in Huy, Belgium, on Wednesday.

Contador proves his point with Basque winupdated: Sat Apr 12 2008 13:52:00

Tour de France champion Alberto Contador sealed victory in the Tour of Basque Country by winning the sixth and final stage, an individual time trial.

Herrero claims Basque stage victoryupdated: Wed Apr 09 2008 14:59:00

Spain's David Herrero of the Karpin team has won the 195km third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country between Erandio and Viana -- while Spain's Alberto Contador retained his overall lead.

Contador keeps overall Basque Tour lead updated: Tue Apr 08 2008 14:07:00

Kim Kirchen of Luxembourg won the second stage and Alberto Contador kept the overall lead of the Tour of Basque Country race on Tuesday.

Contador takes Basque Tour first stageupdated: Mon Apr 07 2008 16:29:00

Spain's Alberto Contador took the 137-kilometer opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country around the northern town of Legazpia on Monday. A Polarized Win for Spain's Socialistsupdated: Mon Mar 10 2008 00:00:00

The country's prime minister wins reelection with promises of unity, but the opposition's strong stance against his progressive agenda suggests otherwise Killing Chills Spain's Electionupdated: Fri Mar 07 2008 12:00:00

The murder in Basque country is a tragic parallel to the eve of the 2004 elections, when terror also struck the country. But how will it affect the vote?

Spain arrests suspected Islamic extremistsupdated: Thu Feb 14 2008 07:17:00

Police arrested three Algerian men early Thursday in the northern Basque city of Vitoria on suspicion of promoting radical ideology among the Muslim community, the Basque regional government said in a statement.

Spanish judge suspends 2 Basque partiesupdated: Fri Feb 08 2008 07:44:00

A Spanish judge Friday suspended two leftist Basque political parties for their links to armed Basque separatist group ETA, barring their candidates from parliamentary elections next month, according to court documents seen by CNN.

Spain: ETA suspects bombed airportupdated: Thu Jan 10 2008 05:14:00

Two ETA members arrested over the weekend were responsible for a fatal bombing at a Madrid airport in 2006, an attack which effectively ended the group's cease-fire, Spain's interior minister said Wednesday.

Spain seeks words for lyric-less anthemupdated: Fri Oct 26 2007 07:31:00

Spaniards rarely seem at a loss for words -- except when it comes to their national anthem. Though more than two centuries old, it has never had any lyrics.

Bomb in Spanish city wounds guardupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 14:28:00

A bomb wounded a local politician's bodyguard in the northern city of Bilbao on Tuesday, in an attack a senior Interior Ministry official blamed on the Basque separatist group ETA.

Arrests put ETA on defensiveupdated: Tue Oct 09 2007 14:28:00

Police arrest 23 alleged political supporters of armed Basque separatist group ETA. CNN's Al Goodman reports. Zapatero's Basque Problem in Spainupdated: Sat Jun 09 2007 22:30:00

Analysis: The Prime Minister who promised peace by negotiating with a Basque terror group is left with egg on his face

Voigt well clear on Basque stage updated: Thu Apr 12 2007 13:02:00

German Jens Voigt came home alone on the 176-km stage four of the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday.

Spain arrests Basque ETA suspects updated: Wed Mar 28 2007 14:21:00

Police have arrested eight suspected members or collaborators of the Basque separatist group ETA in northern Spain, a Spanish Interior Ministry spokesman says.

ETA: Bomb ours, cease-fire standsupdated: Tue Jan 09 2007 06:26:00

The Basque separatist group ETA claimed responsibility Tuesday for the Madrid airport bombing on Dec. 30 that killed two people, but ETA also insisted, in a statement to a Basque newspaper, that its 9-month-old cease-fire remained intact.

Basque police 'find car bomb'updated: Thu Jan 04 2007 06:40:00

Police Thursday seized a vehicle and nearby explosives that were ready for "immediate" use as a car bomb, just six days after the Basque separatist group ETA broke a cease-fire with a massive car bomb at Madrid's airport, a Basque regional government official told CNN.

Madrid bomb shatters ETA cease-fireupdated: Sat Dec 30 2006 03:42:00

Spain has blamed a powerful bomb explosion Saturday at the country's busiest airport on Basque separatist group ETA, declaring it a violation of a nine-month cease-fire.

Spain: ETA peace process in 'preliminary' phaseupdated: Wed Dec 20 2006 08:30:00

Spain's interior minister on Wednesday said the troubled peace process with the Basque separatist group ETA is in a "preliminary" phase, but he declined to confirm a newspaper's report alleging that the government had already held a significant first round of direct talks with ETA.

Peace process 'in crisis' ETA saysupdated: Fri Aug 18 2006 03:28:00

The Basque separatist group ETA is warning that the fledgling peace process is in "crisis" five months after ETA declared a cease-fire and said it "will respond" if Spain and France do not stop what it called "their attacks on Basque citizens."

Estoyanoff gives Uruguay victoryupdated: Sun May 21 2006 16:33:00

Fabian Estoyanoff's 35 meter shot in the 33rd minute gave Uruguay a 1-0 victory over Northern Ireland 1-0 in a friendly international in East Rutherford.

Voeckler edges to Basque stage winupdated: Fri Apr 07 2006 11:40:00

Frenchman Thomas Voeckler edged out Germany's Jens Voigt in a duel for stage five of the Tour of the Basque Country from Vitoria to Zalla on Friday.

Hushovd sprints to Wevelgem gloryupdated: Wed Apr 05 2006 11:21:00

Thor Hushovd became the first Norwegian to win the Ghent-Wevelgem classic as he pipped Germany's David Kopp and Italian ace Alessandro Petacchi in a sprint finish to the Pro Tour event on Wednesday.

Holder Di Luca not yet at his bestupdated: Sun Apr 02 2006 07:22:00

Last year's Tour of the Basque Country winner Danilo di Luca recognizes his chances of repeating his victory in the arduous six-day event are slim.

ETA truce draws cautious responseupdated: Thu Mar 23 2006 01:55:00

Basque separatist group ETA said Friday would mark the end of an era in Spain after it announced a "permanent" cease-fire.

ETA: Long campaign of violenceupdated: Wed Mar 22 2006 07:04:00

The Basque separatist group ETA has been fighting for an independent Basque state in northern Spain since 1968.

ETA declares permanent cease-fireupdated: Wed Mar 22 2006 06:42:00

The Basque separatist group ETA has declared a "permanent cease-fire" starting Friday, raising hopes for an end to 37 years of violence in which the group has been blamed for more than 800 deaths.

Spain: ETA statement 'falls short'updated: Thu Nov 24 2005 15:59:00

The Spanish government has dismissed a new statement from the Basque separatist group ETA, saying it does not meet expectations, a senior aide to Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero told CNN late Thursday.

Small blasts hit Basque capitalupdated: Sun Nov 20 2005 06:18:00

Two homemade bombs exploded early Sunday at a French car dealership on the outskirts of the Basque capital of Vitoria, causing property damage but no injuries, a government spokesman said.

Bombs hit four Spanish courtsupdated: Tue Oct 25 2005 03:53:00

Bombs exploded early Tuesday at four courthouses in northern Spain, causing some property damage but no immediate reports of injuries, Spanish media reported.

Blast rocks northern Spanish cityupdated: Sat Jul 23 2005 10:57:00

A small bomb shook the northwest Spanish city of Santiago de Compostela Saturday, leaving glass shards scattered across a central plaza and prompting police to cordon off the area.

Spain airport blast after ETA callupdated: Fri Jun 10 2005 07:10:00

"At least one projectile" has exploded near a small airport in the northern city of Zaragoza after a warning call to a newspaper in the name of the Basque separatist group ETA alerted authorities to the attack, government officials told CNN.

Lawmakers reject Basque power planupdated: Tue Feb 01 2005 18:52:00

The Spanish Parliament has overwhelmingly rejected a sovereignty plan for the troubled northern Basque region.

7 bombs explode after ETA warningsupdated: Mon Dec 06 2004 07:25:00

Five people were slightly wounded when seven bombs exploded in as many Spanish cities following warnings by Basque separatist group ETA, according to officials.

Eight more gored by Pamplona bullsupdated: Mon Jul 12 2004 04:24:00

Eight people, including an American and a Frenchman, have been gored on the sixth day of the annual running of the bulls in Pamplona, Spain.

Menchov takes Basque Country leadupdated: Thu Apr 08 2004 13:13:00

Russia's Denis Menchov of the Illes Balears team took the lead in the Tour of the Basque Country on Thursday after a perfectly timed attack to win the fourth stage.

Zarate seals another win for Kelmeupdated: Wed Apr 07 2004 14:30:00

Carlos Zarate produced a solo ride to give the Kelme team a second win in three days in the third stage of the Tour of the Basque Country.

Swiss Zberg takes the second stageupdated: Tue Apr 06 2004 13:47:00

Swiss rider Beat Zberg held off a fast-finishing pack to take the 180-km second stage of the Tour of the Basque Country at Zalla on Tuesday.

Valverde sprints to stage victoryupdated: Mon Apr 05 2004 13:34:00

Spanish sprint specialist Alejandro Valverde powered his way to victory in the 139-km opening stage of the Tour of the Basque Country on Monday.

Terror could sway Spanish pollupdated: Sat Mar 13 2004 22:37:00

Spanish voters have started going to the polls Sunday to elect a new government amid controversy over the timing of the election in the wake of Thursday's terror attacks.

ETA violence has gripped Spain since 1968updated: Thu Mar 11 2004 11:27:00

The underground group ETA has been committing acts of violence in its campaign for a separate Basque state in northern Spain since 1968.

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