Eta continues campaign of violence with car-bomb attack at police HQ

A car bomb exploded outside a police station in Spain's northern Rioja region after a warning call from the Basque separatist group Eta.

Spanish PM urges unity in face of conservative gains

Spain's elections have produced two big political forces each with conflicting visions of the world, presenting the Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, with an uneasy ride as he faces the problems of a flagging economy, a resurgent terrorist threat and a militant Catholic Church.

Leading article: A victory for moderation

For once the opinion polls got it right. Despite a bout of last-minute nerves, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero and his Socialist party have gained a second term with a slightly increased representation in the Spanish parliament, although still just short of an absolute majority. That must be good for Spain. Although the government of Mr Zapatero has pushed bravely on with policies of social concern and secular liberalism, most notably on gay marriage, there was always the charge that they had somehow gained power by accident because of the peculiar circumstances of the 2004 Madrid bombings in which the last election had been held. If the government was to proceed with its policies then it needed the authority of a popular mandate.

Zapatero wins second term with tiny majority

Spain's socialist Prime Minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, squeaked through for a second term in general elections yesterday with a wafer-thin majority closely matching predictions and his victory four years ago.

Cycling: Hushovd takes prologue as Paris-Nice row rumbles on

The Norwegian Thor Hushovd made the best of changing weather conditions to win the Paris-Nice prologue here yesterday.

Museum accused of giving away Balenciaga's work

A museum dedicated to the work of the Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga has become embroiled in a scandal over allegations that the legendary couturier's creations have been given away.

Zapatero hangs on to narrow lead

Spain's leading contenders for prime minister in next month's elections clashed in a television debate that attracted a record audience but failed to affect the narrow lead held by the socialist incumbent Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero over his conservative rival Mariano Rajoy.

Coleman steps down as Sociedad coach

Chris Coleman has announced his resignation as coach of Real Sociedad. Coleman's decision comes less than a week after the Welshman said he would be staying at the Spanish second division outfit following a meeting with the club's new president, Inaki Badiola.

Guggenheim lost £4.5m in art sale

The authorities at Bilbao's Guggenheim Museum are facing intense criticism over the botched purchase of a sculpture by Richard Serra that cost millions in public money.

Saracens 45 Biarritz 16: Hill and Vyvyan lead the charge as old guard raise standard

So Leicester are gone, and Wasps must fight the good fight to the bitter end with no guarantee of redemption. As recently as a couple of seasons ago, even the remote prospect of the most trophy-laden teams in the country both failing to make the knockout stage of the Heineken Cup would have led to ominous rumblings in the bowels of Twickenham, wild mirth in the Celtic lands and a celebratory glass raised in the inner sanctum of the International Board. "Professional club rugby? We said it wouldn't work, and it hasn't."

Andorra seek Spanish venue for Euro qualifier with England

Uefa is set to give approval today for the Euro 2008 qualifying match between Andorra and England to be played in Barcelona.

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Racing: Dramatic Derby of 1913 puts Sir Percy in the shade

It was, undoubtedly a thrilling, emotional roller coaster of a Derby. But Sir Percy's win in Saturday's 227th edition of the Classic was nothing compared to the 134th. The 1913 Derby not only produced a four-horse finish of noses with tragedy in their wake, but also a disqualified favourite, a 100-1 winner, royalty, politics and all the downsides of human life: despair, spite, hatred, incompetence, jealousy, racism, injustice. Oh, and the Titanic.

Lehmann backs Germany to finish the task

Jens Lehmann yesterday mocked England's World Cup hopes by claiming Sven Goran Eriksson's team did not know how to "get the job done" in major tournaments. The Arsenal goalkeeper suggested last week that England fans admire the Germans for their "ability to perform when it counts most".

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