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March 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Spain paid tribute to victims of Europe's worst Islamist terrorist attack with the unveiling of a towering glass monument etched with outpourings of grief for the 191 people who died in the Madrid train bombings three years ago. Spaniards fell silent at the memorial site at the Atocha rail station in downtown Madrid and left candles and flowers at other spots around the capital to remember the attack on March 11, 2004, which also wounded more than 1,800 people.
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WORLD
April 11, 2007 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
It is Friday night, the end of another week defending the most hated man in Spain, and attorney Endika Zulueta is slumped behind his desk. Friends visit. Music floats from a stereo. A bottle of honeyed rum from the Canary Islands slowly empties. The decision to defend a man accused of mass murder did not come easily. It weighs on Zulueta, in his rare still moments, when he agonizes over whether he can mount a convincing defense in Europe's largest terrorism trial, and whether anyone will listen.
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WORLD
April 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
March 12, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Spain paid tribute to victims of Europe's worst Islamist terrorist attack with the unveiling of a towering glass monument etched with outpourings of grief for the 191 people who died in the Madrid train bombings three years ago. Spaniards fell silent at the memorial site at the Atocha rail station in downtown Madrid and left candles and flowers at other spots around the capital to remember the attack on March 11, 2004, which also wounded more than 1,800 people.
NEWS
October 19, 1991 | Reuters
Lausanne reacted with surprise and anger Friday to news that Madrid is to host the Middle East peace conference. The decision, coming after weeks of preparation for an event Lausanne hoped would boost its own prestige, stunned the lakeside tourist city. "Madrid? It feels like April Fools' Day. We've really been conned," said one hotel owner. Lausanne had been seen as the strongest candidate because of Israeli objections to meeting in nearby Geneva.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Madrid museum said Friday it would appeal a U.S. court decision to keep open a lawsuit seeking the return of a disputed Impressionist masterpiece allegedly stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II. The case involves ownership of "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie," a Parisian street scene painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897, which is estimated to be worth $20 million. On Aug.
TRAVEL
September 24, 2000 | MIKE McINTYRE
I got ballet the first time I went. I didn't get bullfighting until my sixth go. My grasp of both came on a recent visit to Spain's capital. Andrea and I had the weekend off from Spanish school in Avila. To maximize our time, we took the 90-minute train to Madrid on Friday afternoon and returned early Monday morning before class. We made our way through several tapas bars, sipped cafe con leche on the Plaza Mayor and strolled through the sprawling flea market El Rastro.
NEWS
October 19, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
For Spaniards, Madrid's selection as the site of the Mideast peace conference is a romantic chance to redress the troubled history of 500 years ago and reassert Spain as a crossroads of the Muslim and Jewish worlds. Spaniards, in fact, believe that this history and their special geography make Spain a natural host for the conference scheduled to start Oct. 30.
NEWS
May 27, 1999 | From Associated Press
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.
WORLD
December 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A car bomb exploded at Madrid's international airport Saturday, and Spain's government, blaming the Basque group ETA, suspended plans for peace talks with the separatists. The blast left two people missing and 26 injured, most with damage to their ears from the shock wave. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the government would halt talks with ETA over the bombing.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 9, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A Madrid museum said Friday it would appeal a U.S. court decision to keep open a lawsuit seeking the return of a disputed Impressionist masterpiece allegedly stolen by the Nazis from a Jewish family during World War II. The case involves ownership of "Rue St.-Honore, Apres-Midi, Effet de Pluie," a Parisian street scene painted by Camille Pissarro in 1897, which is estimated to be worth $20 million. On Aug.
WORLD
April 12, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
February 14, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
WORLD
November 17, 2004 | From Reuters
A 16-year-old Spaniard was sentenced Tuesday to six years in a juvenile detention center after he pleaded guilty to helping steal and transport dynamite used in the March 11 train bombings here. It was the first trial arising from the bombings, which killed 191 people and wounded 1,900. The defendant was identified only by his initials, G.M., because he is a minor. He made a short appearance in the armored basement courtroom of Madrid's High Court building.
WORLD
July 29, 2004 | Tracy Wilkinson, Times Staff Writer
A plaque has gone up in Puerta del Sol, the rambunctious heart of this capital, in memory of the people killed in the spring's devastating train bombings. It's next to the plaque honoring the 1808 Spanish rebellion against Napoleon. And, at the hard-hit Atocha rail station, a virtual memorial with a computer display has replaced the candles, flowers and handwritten notes that sprouted that March morning of mass murder. Slowly, Madrid finds ways to recover.
TRAVEL
July 18, 2004 | Geoff Pingree, Special to The Times
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.
WORLD
December 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
A car bomb exploded at Madrid's international airport Saturday, and Spain's government, blaming the Basque group ETA, suspended plans for peace talks with the separatists. The blast left two people missing and 26 injured, most with damage to their ears from the shock wave. Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said the government would halt talks with ETA over the bombing.
TRAVEL
July 18, 2004 | Geoff Pingree, Special to The Times
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.
WORLD
April 2, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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