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December 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Political leaders in Spain's prosperous Catalonia region set themselves on a collision course with the central government in Madrid on Thursday when they called a Nov. 9 referendum on independence. Voters in the region of 7.5 million residents will be asked to answer a two-tiered question, according to Spanish news media: "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" And, if so, "Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state?" The announcement of the vote immediately drew condemnation from Spanish government officials who have repeatedly warned the separatist forces in Catalonia that the constitution prohibits any region from unilaterally deciding matters that affect other parts of the country.
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December 12, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Political leaders in Spain's prosperous Catalonia region set themselves on a collision course with the central government in Madrid on Thursday when they called a Nov. 9 referendum on independence. Voters in the region of 7.5 million residents will be asked to answer a two-tiered question, according to Spanish news media: "Do you want Catalonia to be a state?" And, if so, "Do you want Catalonia to be an independent state?" The announcement of the vote immediately drew condemnation from Spanish government officials who have repeatedly warned the separatist forces in Catalonia that the constitution prohibits any region from unilaterally deciding matters that affect other parts of the country.
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October 14, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
At the peak of the American flood of men and arms into the Persian Gulf, U.S. military jets landed at bases in Spain every two or three minutes. Serviced and refueled, the planes took off again to neighborhood complaints about noise, national ambivalence over their presence, and an unprecedented commitment by Spain's Socialist government to their mission.
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December 2, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Tens of thousands of demonstrators packed the capital of Spain's Galicia region Sunday to protest the government's handling of a tanker disaster as a new wave of fuel oil hit Spanish beaches. The streets of Santiago de Compostela in northwestern Spain were thronged with marchers upset by the destruction wrought on the region's environment and fisheries by a huge oil spill from the sunken tanker Prestige.
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November 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar authorized talks with groups linked to the militant Basque separatist group ETA, the first time his government has taken steps to negotiate an end to a 30-year conflict. The move came six weeks after the separatists declared a cease-fire.
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October 10, 1992 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Seasons change. A gigantic national celebration of Spain's historic and democratic accomplishments is ending here, overtaken almost overnight by vexing questions about the Spanish future. "It was a big fiesta, but now the accounts are coming due, and as usual it is the everyday people who are asked to pay," said Maruja Torres, a naysaying columnist at the newspaper El Pais.
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January 21, 1991 | STANLEY MEISLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A huge hand-drawn poster stretches across a wall inside the Autonomous University of Barcelona in Bellaterra these days. It displays a caricature of Saddam Hussein and a cartoon of Uncle Sam and proclaims, "Neither Saddam nor Uncle Sam. Students for Peace." The university is a hotbed of peace protest now and thus hardly representative of public opinion in Spain.
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January 30, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Basque separatists responsible for the deaths of nearly 600 people since they took up arms nearly 20 years ago have offered to enter negotiations for a 60-day truce if the Spanish government agrees to resume peace talks, officials said Friday. The government rejected the offer. "With attacks, there will be no contacts," Government spokesman Javier Solana said. "We must not be fooled by maneuvers which may be propaganda . . . .
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August 27, 1989
Spanish Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez will dissolve Parliament late this week and call early elections to coincide with the seventh anniversary of his Socialist Party's first victory, Spain's leading newspaper reported. The independent newspaper El Pais said the 47-year-old leader will set elections for Oct. 29, during which he will be seeking an unprecedented third term for the Socialists.
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January 22, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, Times Staff Writer
Jose Amedo was a well-dressed, high-living traveler with a weakness for casinos and a liking for fish, but as a secret agent he proved fatally flawed. Calling himself Genaro Gallego, he hosted a 1986 dinner at O Pescador, a restaurant near Lisbon, paying the $86.25 bill with a credit card in his real name. Investigators quickly discovered that Gallego was Amedo and that Amedo was deputy superintendent of a police intelligence unit in Bilbao, Spain. Amedo, 42, is now in jail.
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November 23, 2000 | From Associated Press
The government reported Spain's first case of "mad cow" disease Wednesday and said it is investigating a second possible case. Tests by government veterinarians in the northwestern Galicia region revealed a confirmed case of mad cow disease, known scientifically as bovine spongiform encephalopathy, late Wednesday morning, Agriculture Minister Miguel Arias Canete said. He said Spanish authorities sent samples of the second animal to British experts for further analysis.
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July 31, 2000 | From Reuters
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar vowed Sunday not to give in to the Basque separatist group ETA after its latest killing in an escalating campaign for independence. Aznar called on all of Spain "not to take a step back, not one centimeter back," in the battle against the ETA after a former Basque provincial governor was slain Saturday. "They are not going to see us blink," Aznar said.
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March 12, 2000 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
He still looks the part of a provincial tax inspector, the job he held before rising, improbably, to govern Spain. His heavy eyebrows and mustache seem to suppress any instinct to smile, even for the voters he needs again today. Yet as he wound up his reelection campaign, Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar projected the image of a leader who has grown in stature and confidence to become, thanks to Spain's booming economy, the standard-bearer for Europe's few ruling conservatives.
BUSINESS
June 10, 1999
* The Spanish government plans to give Spanish companies tax breaks and subsidies if an as-yet-undetermined percentage of their Web sites are written in Spanish, the newspaper ABC reported. It did not say when the plan would be implemented. Spanish is spoken by an estimated 350 million people around the world. English is spoken by about 500 million people and is by far the most common Web site language. * Guide to Our Staff: Need to reach Business section reporters or editors?
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December 12, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Defiant in a wheelchair, his famous iron grip wrapped around a cane, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet appeared in a court of law Friday for the first time to face charges in the killings, torture and kidnappings carried out during his brutal regime. Pinochet the onetime strongman refused to recognize the jurisdiction of the British court that had demanded his presence for the formal opening of "The King of Spain vs. Augusto Pinochet Ugarte."
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December 3, 1998 | MARJORIE MILLER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To be sure, former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet wishes he had never decided to vacation in London this year, and other former despots are seeking warmer climes after a verdict by Britain's highest court that heads of state may be tried for crimes such as torture and genocide. However, legal experts say the impact of last week's ruling by a House of Lords tribunal reaches far beyond Pinochet and Britain's borders.
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October 30, 1989 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Pragmatic Socialist Prime Minister Felipe Gonzalez was elected to a third term Sunday in a national parliamentary vote that proved both a runaway and a cliffhanger. The Socialist victory in the multi-party race was clear in results of exit polls broadcast within minutes after voting ended Sunday evening. Then came hours of waiting to see if Gonzalez had been able to preserve a majority that had been eight seats after the last elections in 1986. He did--barely.
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November 4, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar authorized talks with groups linked to the militant Basque separatist group ETA, the first time his government has taken steps to negotiate an end to a 30-year conflict. The move came six weeks after the separatists declared a cease-fire.
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May 30, 1995 | ELIZABETH NASH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
After decades as also-rans, Spanish conservatives basked in political preeminence Monday after a decisive victory in regional and municipal elections around the country. Jose Maria Aznar, leader of the conservative Popular Party, hailed the result as "a sweeping triumph." His party's 35% share of the national vote in multi-party contests marked the best showing ever by a right-wing party in democratic Spanish elections.
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