Bomb explodes at Spanish businessman's home

Spanish police say a small bomb exploded outside the home of a businessman in the Basque region but no one was injured.

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Eta car bomb hits TV station

A car bomb exploded outside a regional television station in northern Spain yesterday following a warning call from the armed separatist group Eta. No one was injured.

Basque bomb hits TV station

A Basque separatist car bomb wrecked a television station in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao today.

Lost and Found Orchestra, Royal Festival Hall, London

Christmas is when the Southbank Centre rediscovers its raison d'être: this year, the foyer features a giant "melting igloo" in which films about Arctic explorers are screened, while the stage of the Festival Hall is festooned with instruments of a sort never seen there before: giant marimbas and xylophones of wood, plastic, glass; oil cans, rubbish bins and builders' chutes; bellows, thunder-machines, and every kind of drum. Three old-style Hoovers sit centre-stage.

The Accordionist's Son, By Bernardo Atxaga, trans Margaret Jull Costa

Atxaga's magisterial novel explores the life of David Imaz, a Basque immigrant, now dying on a ranch in California. Growing up a generation after the Spanish Civil War, he divides his time between his uncle's farm and the village, where he practises the accordion on the insistence of his authoritarian father.

Suspected ETA military chief arrested in France

The suspected military leader of Basque separatist rebel group ETA has been arrested in south western France, the French interior ministry said today, the biggest blow to the organisation in months.

Fresh scandal hits Bilbao's Guggenheim

The Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, European flagship for the US cultural foundation, is reported to have paid well over the odds for art to fill Frank Gehry's swooping titanium masterpiece.

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The Complete Guide to: Idaho

There is more to Hemingway's favourite state than the humble potato – as Simon Calder discovered in the dramatic gorges, towering ski hills and rushing falls of America's greatest outdoors

Paperbacks: Greater Love, by Lucy Wadham

Lucy Wadham's fascination with southern Europe has lent her fiction an exotic edge. Her first two novels, set in Corsica and the Basque country, captured an over-heated world of small time crooks and Maquis-style terrorism. Greater Love relates the history of a pair of Portuguese siblings, and their accidental involvement with a group of Islamic fundamentalists.

Three injured in Basque bombing

A bomb exploded in a Basque seaside resort in northern Spain early yesterday morning, slightly injuring three people, an official said.

The Secret Life of Words: How English became English, By Henry Hitchings

The history of the English language is the history of our place in the world

Guggenheim sues ex-finance boss who admitted stealing £400,000

Spain's cultural world is reeling with shock and dismay after the announcement that Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum is suing its finance director for embezzling €500,000 (£400,000).

ETA bomb injures police

Seven police were injured when a massive bomb exploded in the northern Spanish city of Bilbao today.

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