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Spain region to step up search for remains of Franco victims

Spain's most populous region, Andalucia, on Tuesday announced measures to step up the search for the remains of people who went missing during the 1936-39 civil war and the rule of General Francisco Franco. Under a draft law passed by the cabinet of the left-wing regional government of Andalucia, the state will be able to temporarily expropriate land in cases where its owner does not allow a search for a mass grave to be carried out on the property.

Spain marks 10th anniversary of Madrid train bombings

Madrid, Mar 11 (EFE).- Spain on Tuesday marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500 others in Madrid. King Juan Carlos, Queen Sofia, Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and other officials attended a memorial service at the Almudena Cathedral for the victims of the commuter-train bombings. Four Madrid commuter trains were torn apart on March 11, 2004, during the morning rush hour when backpack bombs placed aboard the trains were detonated by remote control by Islamic terrorists.

Spain mourns Madrid train bomb victims, 10 years on

Dressed in mourning black, Spaniards commemorated Tuesday their country's deadliest peace-time attack, a decade to the day since Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew up four packed commuter trains and killed 191 people. Relatives of people killed on the trains, which were carrying rush hour passengers from Madrid's suburbs when they exploded on March 11, 2004, filled the pews in the city's Almudena Cathedral for a solemn memorial mass.

Spain wary of new menaces a decade after train bombs

A decade on, Spain remembers Tuesday as the day Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers ripped asunder four packed commuter trains, killing 191 people, as its security forces now grapple with new and emerging jihadist threats. The Spanish royal family led by King Juan Carlos, as well as Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, will join a mass for victims in Madrid's Almudena Cathedral, a solemn ceremony for a nation still wary of extremist Islamists and "lone wolves" lured to their cause.

Obama reaches out to Spain on 10th anniversary of Madrid attack

Madrid, Mar 10 (EFE).- U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday telephoned Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy in a gesture of support ahead of the tenth anniversary of the March 11, 2004, terrorist attack in Madrid. Obama expressed solidarity with the families of the 191 people killed and nearly 1,800 injured when Islamic militants detonated backpack bombs on Madrid commuter trains, according to Spanish government sources.

Spain says still a target 10 years after train bombs

A decade after Al-Qaeda-inspired bombers blew apart four Madrid commuter trains, killing 191 people, Spain's government warned the country remains a target. On the eve of the 10th anniversary of Spain's worst terrorist attack, Interior Minister Jorge Fernandez Diaz said Islamist extremists were still a threat.

Facts about the 2004 Madrid train bombings

On March 11, 2004 at 7:40 am, 10 bombs exploded on board four packed commuter trains in Madrid. - A total of 191 people were killed and 1,841 wounded -- workers, immigrants and students from various countries. - It was Spain's worst terror attack and western Europe's deadliest since a plane bombing over Lockerbie in Scotland killed 270 people in 1988. - Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar's conservative government immediately blamed Basque separatist group ETA for the Madrid bombings. It denied responsibility.

Spain's Rajoy stresses Ukrainian territorial integrity in talks with Russian

Madrid, Mar 4 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy on Tuesday in the presence of Russia's foreign minister defended the territorial integrity of Ukraine and pushed for a negotiated political solution to the crisis in the Eastern European country. Rajoy received Sergei Lavrov at his official residence at Moncloa Palace in Madrid. Given the recent developments in Ukraine and Russian moves in response, Rajoy emphasized the need for stability and a reduction of tension in the region, Spanish government sources told Efe.

EU must do more to help Spain's economy, P.M. says

Bilbao, Spain, Mar 3 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Monday that the European Union take new measures to compliment the efforts made by Spain to emerge from the economic crisis and longest recession in recent history. Rajoy made this request of the EU at the close of the Global Economic Forum held in the northern city of Bilbao. The gathering was attended by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, EU economic officials and executives from Spain's leading companies and financial institutions.

EU must do more to help Spain's economy, P.M. says

Bilbao, Spain, Mar 3 (EFE).- Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy demanded Monday that the European Union take new measures to compliment the efforts made by Spain to emerge from the economic crisis and longest recession in recent history. Rajoy made this request of the EU at the close of the Global Economic Forum held in the northern city of Bilbao. The gathering was attended by International Monetary Fund chief Christine Lagarde, EU economic officials and executives from Spain's leading companies and financial institutions.
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