April 12, 2006 |
A judge issued the first indictments in the 2004 Madrid train bombings, charging 29 people with murder, terrorism or other crimes. Juan del Olmo, the investigative magistrate leading the inquiry, described the birth and workings of a cell of longtime residents, most of them from Morocco and Syria. Three of the 29 people indicted were charged with 191 counts of murder and 1,755 counts of attempted murder, and three others with conspiracy to commit those crimes.
February 14, 2005 |
Firefighters struggled for nearly 24 hours before controlling one of Madrid's worst blazes, which reduced a 32-story office building to a blackened hulk of twisted wreckage. Thick smoke and temperatures up to nearly 1,500 degrees Fahrenheit prevented firefighters from entering the Windsor building until late Sunday. The fire, which slightly injured seven people, erupted Saturday night. Though badly damaged, the tower didn't collapse.
July 18, 2004 |
Madrid's top three art museums are expanding, and if the first completed addition is any sign, art lovers are in for a pleasurable experience. The Thyssen-Bornemisza, the third museum in the city's "art triangle," opened its new wing in June. Construction at the Prado, home to one of the foremost collections of Spanish and Flemish Old Masters, and at the Reina Sofia, which features 20th century and contemporary works, will continue into the fall.
April 2, 2004 |
A 35-year-old Tunisian is believed to be a leader of the group suspected in the railway bombings that killed 191 people in Madrid, an international arrest warrant said. Sarhane Abdelmajid Fakhet is one of six people sought in warrants that a Spanish judge made public. He allegedly helped arrange the rental of the house where investigators believe the bombs were assembled for the March 11 attacks.
October 26, 2001 |
Following the recent lead of other high-profile international teams, the U.S. Fed Cup tennis squad will not compete abroad, withdrawing from next month's final in Madrid, Spain. The U.S. Tennis Assn. cited "concerns over security surrounding the current international crisis." American players have slowly returned to the European circuit after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but officials drew a distinction between individual appearances and those as a national team.
May 27, 1999 |
An amusement park company thought that a clever way to promote the first day of its stock sale Wednesday would be to take an elephant to the stock exchange. The pachyderm thought otherwise. The noise, cars and crowds of downtown Madrid spooked Clarisa, a 12-year-old elephant, so badly that she broke away from her caretakers and knocked into traffic lights, a lamppost and a trash bin. The handlers briefly managed to tie the 2-ton animal to a tree, but she got away again.