April 28, 1987
An American pilot was flying to an aircraft dealer in South Africa when his single-engine plane violated Angola's airspace and was shot down last week by Soviet-built jets, the official Angolan news agency reported. It identified the pilot as Joseph Frank Long of Greensburg, Pa., but it did not say if he was injured or what will be done with him. The agency charged earlier that he was on a spying mission for South Africa. In Washington, the State Department confirmed that a U.S.
June 28, 1987
Angola today will release American pilot Joseph F. Longo, whose plane was shot down two months ago after it strayed over the southern African nation, Angola's state-run news agency ANGOP reported. A dispatch from Luanda, the Angolan capital, quoted an unidentified official as saying that Longo, 33, of Greenburg, Pa., would be released to a U.S. congressional delegation due to arrive in Luanda today. U.S.
October 21, 1990 |
A U.S. helicopter mechanic for a company contracted by Chevron Corp. was kidnaped by armed guerrillas in northern Angola, a government official said Saturday. According to the official, mechanic Brent Swan and an Angolan colleague were abducted as they drove Friday to a heliport in Cabinda, an oil-rich province where separatist rebels have staged anti-government operations. No group claimed responsibility for the kidnaping. Gary Weber, a spokesman for Petroleum Helicopter Inc. in Lafayette, La.
December 29, 1996 |
Europe France: Hundreds of soldiers and marines patrolled transit stations, airports and tourist sites in Paris after a terrorist bomb exploded aboard an evening commuter train Dec. 3, leaving four people dead and more than 80 injured. The bombing at the Port Royal regional transit station south of Luxembourg Gardens may be a renewal of a campaign by Algerian Muslim extremists that killed eight people and injured 160 last year.
July 23, 1996 |
Two games into the Games, the Dream Team hasn't eaten anyone for lunch, but look at the bright side: There hasn't been a single international incident. For old times' sake, the Americans met Angola on Monday night, giving Charles Barkley a chance to reprise his famous elbow to the chest of 170-pound Herlander Coimbra from the Barcelona Games. In a rare but applaudable show of restraint, Barkley let the little guy alone and the United States cruised to a 87-54 victory.