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July 27, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
A suicide bomber with explosives packed into his turban killed the mayor of Kandahar on Wednesday -- the latest in a wave of assassinations that claimed the life of President Hamid Karzai's half-brother earlier this month. The assailant apparently mingled with a crowd of constituents meeting Mayor Ghulam Hamidi, who had lived in the United States for years before returning to Afghanistan and taking up his dangerous post. The blast killed at least one other person, a provincial spokesman said.
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January 21, 2014 | By Zaid Ali and Laura King, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
SANA, Yemen -- In the latest in a spate of assassinations in Yemen, gunmen on Tuesday shot and killed a leading member of a Shiite Muslim group on his way to reconciliation talks and a senior advisor to a provincial governor was slain by a bomb planted in his car, security officials said. A third political figure, the son of the secretary-general of an Islamic party, survived an attempt on his life, officials said. The attacks came against a backdrop of unrest that has torn Yemen in the wake of the 2011 ouster of longtime President Ali Abdullah Saleh, who stepped down after popular protests erupted across the Arab world, including in Yemen.
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WORLD
December 24, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Two Russian intelligence agents convicted by a Qatar court of assassinating a Chechen rebel leader have arrived back in Russia, where the Kremlin requested that they be allowed to serve out their life sentences, the Itar-Tass news agency reported, citing Kremlin sources. Zelimkhan Yandarbiyev was killed in an explosion Feb. 13 in Doha, Qatar's capital. A Qatari court had said the killing was carried out with the backing of "Russian leadership."
WORLD
December 27, 2013 | By Amro Hassan and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT - The assassination by car bomb on Friday of a prominent Lebanese political figure who was critical of the Shiite militia Hezbollah has raised the specter of greater instability in Lebanon, fueled by the war across the frontier in Syria. There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the enormous blast in Beirut targeting Mohamad Chatah, a former Lebanese ambassador to the United States. But the Syrian conflict has already left a lasting mark on its politically fragile neighbor.
WORLD
May 3, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The suspected mastermind of the 2003 assassination of Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Djindjic gave himself up to Serbian police, said Miroslav Milosevic, national security chief. Former Red Berets special police commander Milorad "Legija" Lukovic, linked to a Belgrade mafia, gave himself up outside his house in a Belgrade suburb.
NEWS
October 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen assassinated an opposition congressman, the third member of Colombia's Congress to be slain in the past year. Fellow lawmakers said Liberal Party Rep. Octavio Sarmiento was killed near his farm in Arauca state. No group claimed responsibility. Four other members of Congress are being held hostage by leftist rebels. Sarmiento's killing came three days after former Culture Minister Consuelo N. Araujo was found slain.
NEWS
September 27, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
The separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas accused the Sri Lankan army of assassinating one of their senior leaders in a commando strike far behind rebel lines. The army denied responsibility for the killing, which the rebels condemned as provocative, raising fears of a retaliatory attack. A rebel statement described the slain guerrilla as Shankar, a self-styled colonel of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam and a confidant of the group's reclusive leader, Velupillai Prabhakaran.
NATIONAL
August 23, 2005 | From Associated Press
Religious broadcaster Pat Robertson on Monday called for the assassination of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez, calling him a "terrific danger" to the United States. Robertson, founder of the Christian Coalition and a former presidential candidate, said on "The 700 Club" broadcast that it was the United States' duty to stop Chavez from making Venezuela a "launching pad for communist infiltration and Muslim extremism."
WORLD
November 1, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Yitzhak Rabin's assassin, in his first interviews since the 1995 killing, said he shot the Israeli prime minister because Ariel Sharon and other hawkish former generals warned that Rabin's land-for-peace deal with the Palestinians would bring disaster. Yigal Amir shot Rabin at the end of a peace rally in Tel Aviv on Nov. 4, 1995. He considered Rabin a traitor for signing the 1993 Oslo peace accord with the Palestinians, agreeing to return land Israel had captured in wars. Amir told Israel's Channel 10 he was spurred into action by comments from Sharon, who went on to become prime minister from 2001 to 2006.
OPINION
October 21, 2001
The hypocrisy of the Israeli government's outrage in the wake of the killing of Tourism Minister Rehavam Zeevi could not be more breathtaking ("Israel Issues Ultimatum After Minister's Slaying," Oct. 18). Israel has for years pursued a deliberate policy of targeting Palestinian officials and leaders for extrajudicial assassination, often by rocketing from U.S.-supplied helicopter gunships or via long-range sniper fire from Israeli military units. Dozens of high-ranking Palestinians have been murdered in this fashion, with only muted objection by the U.S., which continues to supply Israel with billions of dollars of aid annually.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 9, 2013 | By Alan Eyerly
A high-stakes operation to assassinate Iran's warmongering intelligence chief takes several unexpected turns on “Big Man in Tehran,” Episode 311 of Showtime's “Homeland.” Tasked by the CIA with the near-suicide mission is Nicholas Brody (Damian Lewis), the disgraced congressman and world's most-wanted fugitive. After barely surviving a hazardous crossing from Iraq into Iran, he requests political asylum by falsely confessing to the deadly attack at CIA headquarters. The plan calls for Brody to kill Iranian spymaster Danesh Akbari (Houshang Touzie)
ENTERTAINMENT
December 6, 2013 | By Sheri Linden
K-pop star Choi Seung-hyun (a.k.a. T.O.P.) is convincing as a sensitive kid who becomes a trained assassin in "Commitment," a spy drama with a romantic heart. Boilerplate shootouts and conflagrations get the better of the movie's second half, but for the most part, first-time director Park Hong-soo strikes the right balance between take-no-prisoners espionage and teenage angst. Set in 2011, screenwriter Kim Soo-young's story spins, somewhat clunkily, around a vaguely defined network of warring sleeper cells from the North operating in Seoul; detectives helpfully point out Kim Jong-il's declining health and the factions' power plays.
OPINION
November 26, 2013 | By Michael Shermer
With the passing of the 50th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy last week, and the accompanying fusillade of documentaries purporting to prove there was a conspiracy behind it, we might expect (and hope) that cabalistic conjecturing will wane until the next big anniversary. Don't count on it. A poll this month found that 61% of Americans who responded still believe that JFK was the victim of a conspiracy, despite the fact that the preponderance of evidence points to Lee Harvey Oswald as the lone assassin.
WORLD
November 26, 2013 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - He admitted being a salaried killer for a drug cartel, the kind of assassin who preferred slashing his victims' throats. On Tuesday, after serving three years behind bars, he was released from a Mexican detention center and was on his way to the United States - where he would soon live as a free man. Or, rather, a free boy. The killer, Edgar Jimenez Lugo, known to Mexican crime reporters as "El Ponchis," is 17 years old. He...
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
By now you've read all the recaps of the JFK assassination and all the "who's the best actor who played Kennedy" blog posts that you ever thought you would. But JFK movies go beyond those who played the man himself: to wit, Kevin Costner as crusading New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison in Oliver Stone's "JFK. " So before the 50th anniversary of the 35th president's assassination fades into the twilight, a final poll: Who is the best actor in a JFK-related movie? (We'll keep it limited to the big screen for this one.)
ENTERTAINMENT
November 22, 2013 | By David Ng
As the nation marks the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy's assassination in 1963, a few cultural groups in Southern California are observing the occasion with performances dedicated to the memory of the 35th president. "Sunny Afternoon. " Gangbusters Theatre Company at Theatre Asylum in Hollywood. A new play that delves into the conspiracy theories surrounding the Kennedy assassination of 1963, at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 3 p.m. Sunday. CHEAT SHEET: Fall arts preview "Dealey Plaza.
NEWS
January 17, 1995 | From Associated Press
The Secret Service wants to review an unaired TV interview with an abortion foe who said the assassination of President Clinton and Supreme Court justices could be justified for the cause. Roy McMillan, head of the Christian Action Group in Jackson, Miss., said Monday that he was misquoted in a transcript of the interview he did for the satirical newsmagazine "TV Nation." He said his remarks involved hypothetical questions and he does not advocate assassinations.
WORLD
February 22, 2010 | By Borzou Daragahi
The United Arab Emirates Foreign Ministry issued a statement Sunday saying it was "deeply concerned" that passports from countries whose "nationals currently enjoy preferential visa waivers" were used in the recent assassination of a senior Hamas figure. The statement was the most high-level comment by Dubai or UAE authorities on the January slaying of senior Hamas figure Mahmoud Mabhouh, which some allege was carried out by the Israeli spy agency Mossad. It suggested that the increasingly powerful Persian Gulf confederation was trying to put heavy pressure on European officials -- whose nationals are able to travel freely through the UAE commercial powerhouses of Dubai and Abu Dhabi -- to help it hunt down the perpetrators of the killing.
NEWS
November 22, 2013 | By Paul Thornton
Dozens of readers have sent us their memories of Nov. 22, 1963, the day of President John F. Kennedy's assassination in Dallas. In reading those letters, one common experience emerges: Almost all of those who wrote about where they were that day 50 years ago said they found out about Kennedy's death while at school. Some heard about it over their schools' PA systems, others remember teachers delivering the news tearfully or with little emotion at all, and some were dismissed from school suddenly with no explanation, only to find out what happened from their parents.
NATIONAL
November 22, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske and Michael Muskal, This post has been updated with the latest developments.
DALLAS -- The silence was in stark contrast to the somber tolling of the bells as thousands stood in the rain and cold of Dealey Plaza on Friday to mark the exact moments 50 years ago when shots rang out and killed President Kennedy. The peals of the bells echoed through the city and through the hearts of millions of people around the world, all of whom shared the common moment memorializing the death of the president who urged a new generation to dedicate itself to saving the nation and eventually the world.
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