August 25, 2004 |
Maoist rebels said they were suspending a blockade of Nepal's capital, Katmandu, that had cut it off from the rest of the country for a week. But in a fax to media outlets, they threatened further action if the government failed to release jailed guerrillas. Fearing violence, most people stayed off the roads into and out of Katmandu since the blockade began, severely limiting the flow of goods and stranding thousands of travelers.
August 23, 2004 |
Military helicopters provided air cover to vehicles ferrying crucial supplies to the Nepalese capital Sunday, a senior army officer said, as a blockade called by Maoist rebels stretched into its fifth day. The blockade is the latest tactic by the rebels, who have been fighting for eight years to topple Nepal's constitutional monarchy and establish a communist republic.
April 14, 1997 |
Israel allowed thousands of Palestinian workers into the country Sunday for the first time in more than three weeks, significantly easing an economic blockade on the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The letup, and revelations that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and opposition leader Shimon Peres discussed forming a joint government, indicated movement toward ending a stalemate with the Palestinians.
June 15, 1990 |
Lithuanian President Vytautus Landsbergis said Thursday that he sees no sign yet of Moscow easing its economic sanctions against his breakaway republic despite reports that some natural gas deliveries would resume. "I checked yesterday and no one knew anything," Landsbergis said by telephone from the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. "This may be a red herring but we will see what the future brings. So far we have nothing."
June 2, 1990 |
Boris N. Yeltsin, vividly showing how he intends to press his policies on Mikhail S. Gorbachev as the Russian republic's new president, met with Lithuania's top leader Friday to discuss future cooperation to breach the Kremlin's partial economic blockade of the Baltic state.
February 7, 1993 |
In the third winter of a crippling wartime blockade, this energy-starved city has no fuel to heat its central maternity hospital. Women in labor are wheeled into delivery rooms swaddled in sweaters and scarves. Nurses tuck hot water bottles into incubators to keep premature infants from freezing. Fuel is too precious to waste on such luxuries as laundry. Hospital workers wash sheets and diapers--3,000 a day--in icy water by hand.
July 23, 1997 |
A U.S. ferry made its way to Alaska after Canadian fishermen ended a three-day blockade of the vessel aimed at drawing attention to a dispute over salmon fishing. A flotilla of about 200 fishing boats dispersed from around the Alaska state ferry Malaspina in Prince Rupert, about 470 miles north of Vancouver. The ferry, which had 142 passengers aboard, quickly took advantage of the opportunity to leave. The fishermen were protesting what they claimed was overfishing of Pacific salmon by their U.
August 28, 1997 |
Pushing aside the red-and-white barriers that had blocked traffic for nearly a month, Israel lifted its much-resented blockade of Bethlehem on Wednesday. The move followed days of violent Palestinian street protests and international criticism--including from the Vatican, which complained that Christian pilgrims were kept from visiting the site celebrated as the birthplace of Jesus.
September 27, 1999 |
A guard at the former rebel Kosovo Liberation Army headquarters at the edge of this provincial capital was shot and killed at 9 a.m. Sunday in an attack that also left an attendant at a nearby gas station wounded, NATO officials said. Two hours later, Serbs blocked the major road between Pristina and the western part of the province to protest an earlier weapons raid on an apartment.