February 16, 2003 |
Alvaro Gil-Robles, the Council of Europe's human rights commissioner, backed a planned referendum in Chechnya as a move toward peace but said Russia must do more to stop military abuses in the breakaway region. Gil-Robles said the March 23 referendum -- on a new constitution keeping Chechnya under Russian control but moving toward elections -- marks the start of a political resolution to years of war. Some rights groups say a fair election can't be held in conditions of war.
February 26, 2000 |
Andrei Babitsky, a correspondent for U.S.-funded Radio Liberty who was feared dead after disappearing in Russian-controlled territory in Chechnya, turned up alive and well in southern Russia, his wife said Friday. Babitsky, a Russian citizen who angered authorities with his coverage of the Chechen war, had been missing since mid-January.
July 8, 2005 |
The Muslim businessmen who tend the East End textile shops went home early. So did the vendors at the Whitechapel Market after police swooped down on suspicious garbage bags. Down the street, a group of Muslim women and children edged nervously past a muscle-bound white youth who was shouting into his cellphone, "Yeah, mate, where I am, everyone looks like an Al Qaeda terrorist!"
February 28, 2000 |
At 8 a.m. Sunday, Iman Muradov was escorted out of the gates of the notorious prison here and became a free man--or rather, a free child. His apparent crime: being tall for his age. Iman, who is 13, was arrested a month ago in the town of Alkhan-Yurt after it had been newly reoccupied by Russian forces fighting the separatist rebels in Chechnya. When the Russians asked the gangly teen for his documents, Iman told them he didn't have any.
November 14, 1990 |
All summer, as Spaniards watched with incomprehension and distaste, homeless African refugees camped in a landmark plaza watched over by a doleful statue of Don Quixote. It was a downtown stage starkly set with the paramount symbol of the old insular Spain and harbingers of a new multiracial society. Both are players in a nascent drama abrasive and bewildering to both. "Madrid is not like the other European capitals. . . . Spain has been closed so long that people don't know about blacks.