PARIS (AP) — A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA has been jailed in France, a day after his arrest in a French Alpine town ended 17 years on the run.
SALLANCHES, France (AP) — A longtime chief of the Basque militant separatist group ETA was arrested Thursday in a French Alps town after being on the run for 17 years, Spanish authorities said,...
MADRID (AP) — The most-wanted member of the Basque separatist militant group ETA, who had been on the run for 17 years, was caught by police on Thursday in the French Alps.
MADRID (AP) — Alfredo Pérez Rubalcaba, a former deputy prime minister of Spain who played a key role in ending the militant group ETA's violent six-decade campaign for Basque independence, died...
France hands over ETA documents, weapons to Spain
MADRID (AP) — France is handing over to Spain 7,000 objects including weapons and documents that could clear more than 350 unresolved crimes committed by the militant group ETA in its six-decade campaign for Basque independence.
Pedro Sanchez and Edouard Philippe, respectively prime ministers of Spain and France, presided over a ceremony in Madrid on Monday to mark the handover and highlight bilateral judicial and police cooperation.
CAMBO-LES-BAINS, France (AP) — International mediators hailed the disbanding of Basque separatist group ETA as a turning point for Europe after decades of bombings and shootings — but Spain's prime minister remained unforgiving of a group that killed 850 people in its drive for a Basque homeland.
The Spanish and French governments refused to take part in a peace conference Friday in Basque country in southern France celebrating ETA's formal dissolution.
MADRID (AP) — Basque separatist group ETA publicly declared its dissolution Thursday, bringing an end to a campaign against Spain that saw more than 850 people killed over more than four decades of bombings and shootings.
In an open letter to the Basque people, ETA said it has "completely dismantled all of its structures" and "will no longer express political positions, promote initiatives or interact with other stakeholders."
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the end of the militant Basque group ETA (all times local):
Spain's Association of Terror Victims has dismissed the Basque separatist group ETA's announcement that it has ended its violent campaign for the region's statehood as a "farce."
The association describes the announcement as "a pantomime" and is urging the Spanish government to step in and halt what it calls ETA's propaganda campaign.
MADRID (AP) — After a violent 60-year struggle that sought to create a Basque homeland in Spain through blood and bullets, the militant separatist group ETA says it has dismantled its organizational structure and "ending its journey."
The move, announced Wednesday, is seen as the final step in the group's gradual disappearance and the conclusion of one of the bloodiest nationalist conflicts in recent European history.
A look at what has been happening and what might come next:
MADRID (AP) — The disbanding of ETA, the Basque militant group that stained Spain's return to democracy with blood, arrived as bittersweet news for Inaki Garcia, whose father died at its hands 38 years ago.
Like many in his native Basque Country, Garcia had long expected the move. But when it finally arrived on Wednesday in the form of a leaked letter, Garcia was unimpressed.
MADRID (AP) — The Basque separatist group ETA said it has dismantled its organizational structure after a six-decade independence campaign that killed hundreds in Spain, taking the final step in disbanding after disarming last year and bringing an end to one of Europe's bloodiest nationalist conflicts in recent times.
MADRID (AP) — The Basque militant group ETA on Wednesday announced its dissolution in a much-awaited declaration that marked the end of a bloody chapter in recent European history.
In its goal to create an independent Basque country, ETA —which stands for Euskadi ta Askatasuna or "Basque Homeland and Freedom" in Basque— killed 853 people, most of them during the tumultuous years when Spain was transitioning from dictatorship to democracy.
MADRID (AP) — The Latest on the announced disbanding of Basque militant group ETA (all times local):
Family members of ETA's victims say they are unconvinced the Basque militant group has had a change of heart despite announcing in a letter that it is disbanding.
Speaking shortly before ETA's announcement Wednesday, the COVITE group that represents victims said it wanted more.
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PAMPLONA, Spain (AP) — The anxiety always started at 8 on the dot. Day after day, for 20 years, the morning radio news bulletin woke us with the latest atrocity. One day, a shootout, another, a kidnapping and, next, maybe a massive car bomb explosion. Later, the death toll and names of victims would emerge, followed by the usual round of political explanations.
MADRID (AP) — Spain will offer nothing in return for the disarmament of the Basque separatist group ETA, a government spokesman said Friday, urging the militants to disband and help authorities clear up unsolved crimes attributed to the organization.
"What the government expects is for ETA to disarm and to disband," said the conservative cabinet's spokesman, Inigo Mendez de Vigo, during a weekly briefing with reporters.
MADRID (AP) — The armed Basque separatist group ETA, inactive for more than five years, is to hand over its arms Saturday, a finishing touch to a 43-year violent campaign that claimed 829 lives, mostly in Spain.
Disarmament is the second-to-last step demanded by France and Spain, which want ETA to formally disband. The organization hasn't said if it will do that.
Basque group ETA says it’s given up its arsenal
MADRID (AP) — The Basque separatist group ETA says it has given up its entire arsenal of weapons and explosives to civil society groups — but warns the disarmament process isn't formally complete.
"After giving up all its weaponry (arms and explosives) to Basque civil society representatives, it is now a disarmed organization," the militant group said in a letter published by the BBC on its website.
LABRIT, France (AP) — French authorities are searching for the remains of a Basque militant who disappeared in 1980 after new information emerged on his possible whereabouts.
A French judge, a forensic expert, and Jose Miguel Etxeberria's relatives were among those present for the search Tuesday near the village of Labrit in southwest France.
A recent anonymous witness account to a journalist reportedly prompted the search.
MADRID (AP) — Basque civil society groups will fully disarm the separatist group ETA by April 8, a French environmental activist with ties to the Basque community promised Friday.
The militants announced a permanent cease-fire in 2011, but the governments of Spain and France have so far refused to take part in its disarmament because ETA tied it to the future of its militants, both in and out of jail. The two countries have demanded that ETA lay down its weapons without conditions and disband.
Spain: police find ETA explosives in a secret stash
MADRID (AP) — Spain's Interior Ministry says police have found a large amount of explosives in a secret stash near the border with France which investigators are linking to the Basque militant group ETA.
Agents of the Civil Guard found no recent activity at the deposit, which contained seven large containers with explosives. The ministry said the material was found in a rural area of Irun, a border town in northern Spain's Guipuzcoa province.
Mexico arrests alleged member of Basque separatist ETA group
MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican prosecutors have detained an alleged member of ETA, the armed separatist group that wants independence from Spain for a Basque state.
The attorney general's office says the suspect had been living clandestinely in Mexico since the 1980s.
A federal official who was not authorized to be quoted by name on Thursday identified the suspect Angel Maria Telleria Uriarte, alias "Antxoka."
Thousands protest Spain’s dispersion policy for ETA inmates
BILBAO, Spain (AP) — Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday in the Basque city of Bilbao, calling for some 350 imprisoned members and sympathizers of the armed pro-Basque independence group ETA to be allowed serve their sentences closer to home in northern Spain.
In addition to prisoners' families and pro-independence politicians, some relatives of ETA victims took part for the first time in the annual demonstration.
Police find ETA weapons trove in southern France, arrest 5
MADRID (AP) — Spanish and French police have made five arrests after discovering a suspected weapons trove for the Basque militant group ETA in southern France, the French interior minister said Saturday.
Human rights group criticized the arrests, saying they involved well-known peace activists.
French Interior Minister Bruno Le Roux said the arrests were made late Friday night when police found explosives and guns in a house in the French town of Louhossoa.
Spain says leading ETA member arrested in France
MADRID (AP) — French police arrested the leader of the debilitated Basque militant group ETA, Spain's Interior Ministry said Saturday.
Spanish authorities identified Mikel Irastorza as "currently the maximum leader" of ETA. In a statement, they said Irastorza and two more people were arrested Saturday morning by French police, working in tandem with Spanish agents, in the French town of Ascain near the Spanish border.
Pro-independence Basque leader*s election candidacy blocked
MADRID (AP) — Basque authorities say a prominent regional leader who was jailed for his links with the outlawed armed group ETA can*t stand as candidate in upcoming elections because his sentence bans him from holding office until 2021.