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November 20, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alvaro Gil-Robles was weaned on the abuse of power. He is a Spaniard born in Portugal, where his father, a prominent monarchist politician, lived in political exile from dictator Francisco Franco. As a boy, Gil-Robles sometimes played sandlot soccer with another child of exile who is now Spain's King Juan Carlos I. The king is back at the head of a constitutional monarchy in a new democratic Spain.
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November 20, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Alvaro Gil-Robles was weaned on the abuse of power. He is a Spaniard born in Portugal, where his father, a prominent monarchist politician, lived in political exile from dictator Francisco Franco. As a boy, Gil-Robles sometimes played sandlot soccer with another child of exile who is now Spain's King Juan Carlos I. The king is back at the head of a constitutional monarchy in a new democratic Spain.
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May 28, 2005 | From Times wire reports
President Vladimir Putin acknowledged that Russia had human rights problems that needed attention, but said the country had made progress during the last 10 to 15 years. He spoke during a meeting with the human rights commissioner of the Council of Europe, Alvaro Gil-Robles, who presented Putin with the group's rights report on Russia.
WORLD
February 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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February 26, 2000 | ROBYN DIXON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
WORLD
July 8, 2005 | Vanora McWalters, Special to The Times
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!"
NEWS
February 28, 2000 | MAURA REYNOLDS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
NEWS
November 14, 1990 | WILLIAM D. MONTALBANO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
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.
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