August 22, 2000 |
A former East German border guard commander was convicted of manslaughter in the shooting deaths of East Germans trying to escape, including the last person to die at the Berlin Wall. Walter Schulze, 52, was convicted on four counts for deaths stemming from his tenure as commander from 1985 until the wall's collapse in 1989. He was sentenced to slightly more than two years in prison.
August 20, 2000 |
Cecilio Banuelos and Blake Hanning are puttering quietly, their boat braiding a white tail in the darkened waters of the Rio Grande. They are out here most nights, slicing past Mexico, scanning the shores for bandits or drug runners--for trouble in all its shapes. Peering into the darkness, the Border Patrol agents aren't sure what hides in the shadows on shore. Smugglers lurk unseen. Children throw rocks and bottles. Bullets splash in the murky water. "We're easily outgunned," Banuelos says.
January 2, 2000 |
The five hijackers of an Indian Airlines jet drove across the desert of southern Afghanistan and crossed into a neighboring country, Taliban officials said Saturday. The exact whereabouts and identities of the militant Islamic hijackers, who were allowed to go free Friday in a deal with Indian and Afghan leaders that secured the release of 155 hostages on the airliner, remained unknown.
April 18, 1999 |
Basri Etemi squatted on a damp tent floor in a refugee camp here Saturday as rain poured outside. He was cold. He was tired. And worst of all, he was alone. At 7 a.m., Serbian shelling had driven the Kosovo Albanian and his extended family of 25 from their tiny village toward the Macedonian border, he said. Etemi had a passport. The others did not. "The Serbs wouldn't let them cross the border," said Etemi, 52, his face weary and drained. "I don't know what happened to them."
October 6, 1997 |
Ten border guards were treated for radiation sickness after 15 radioactive containers were found abandoned in and around a former Soviet military base, officials and doctors said. "They have high levels of radiation and will now have to be treated for many years," Dr. Sergei Filin, a Russian helping in the guards' treatment, told reporters. Ten containers were buried at a shallow depth at what is now a border guard training center near Tbilisi, the capital.
June 22, 1997 |
Climbing into a Volkswagen van for a nighttime border patrol, Chief Inspector Klaus Mueller looks at the sky. "Very cloudy," he notes. "Smuggler-friendly weather." Not that it much matters. Smugglers attempt to cross the rivers that separate Germany from Poland every night, in rain or bitter cold. After black market cigarettes, their main cargo is people.
January 11, 1997 |
It is known simply as "the videotape." And in this small, self-critical and image-conscious nation, it has become an infamous and instantly familiar symbol of injustice and oppression. The 45-minute tape, filmed by a Palestinian in a nearby apartment, shows two Israeli border guards beating and humiliating six Palestinian laborers caught trying to enter Israel without work permits.
May 26, 1996 |
He was a relic, this one, a throwback. That he was only 32 years old did not matter. This was a man hopelessly outdated in both outlook and method. His name was Sergio. He was crouched on the concrete bank of the Tijuana River, eating an undercooked chicken drumstick, waiting for his chance to cross. Lettering stenciled across his black T-shirt advertised his destination: California.
August 21, 1995 |
A 7-year-old Bosnian boy was killed Sunday when a French border guard fired a shotgun at a convoy of refugees from the former Yugoslav federation trying to speed around a roadblock into southern France, police said. Forty-three Bosnian refugees, including 19 children, were in police custody after the incident near the French frontier town of Sospel bordering Italy, about 10 miles north of the Mediterranean coast, officials said.
June 29, 1995 |
Tensions between Egypt and Sudan intensified Wednesday as Egyptian officials reported a border clash between the two countries that left guards on both sides wounded. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak on Wednesday also met a delegation of Sudanese exiles who advocate overthrowing the Islamist regime that governs Sudan, although Mubarak said Egyptian troops would not participate in such an effort.