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September 1, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Canada announced it would equip border guards with guns for the first time. Many of Canada's guards along its 4,000-mile border with the United States have demanded firearms. Prime Minister Stephen Harper said it would take effect in September 2007. Canada's unarmed officers have the right to walk away if they think they are in danger. Officers abandoned four posts in British Columbia this year when told that two murder suspects from California were headed their way.
November 12, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
North Korea says it will ban South Koreans from crossing the border for joint projects beginning next month, accusing its neighbor of seeking confrontation. The North's official Korean Central News Agency said that the country's military had taken action to "cut off all the overland passages" across the border beginning Dec. 1.
August 24, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Boeing Co. has fallen behind schedule in delivering functioning border-security towers under a contract with U.S. Customs and Border Protection. There are flaws in the towers, which are equipped with motion sensors, cameras and radar to track people trying to cross the Mexican border into the U.S., said Brad Benson, a Customs and Border Protection spokesman in Washington. "They did get all the equipment in place and turned on by June 13, the original projection," he said.
March 18, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
The raging conflict in Syria that has left thousands dead and stymied all international peace entreaties is not just about the fate of President Bashar Assad. Rather, the prospect for regional power shifts, proxy wars and spreading instability — along with a reprise of Cold War-style great-power animosities — goes far beyond Syria's borders. That is the stern warning from international experts including former United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan, who is now engaged in what many view as a last-chance bid to avert all-out civil war in Syria, long a bastion of police state stability in the heart of the turbulent Middle East.
December 7, 1991
I still can't understand why opponents of my proposals to regain control over our borders and bring our citizenship laws into line with those of the vast majority of nations around the world refuse to base their arguments on the facts. Instead, Linda Mitchell of the Coalition for Humane, Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles and others cited in The Times' article of Nov. 28 are trying to twist my views in an apparent effort to make me appear to be anti-Latino. As I have consistently tried to make clear, my proposals deal only with the issue of illegal immigration.
June 22, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Technical issues are delaying the completion of a multibillion-dollar high-tech fence intended to reduce illegal entry along the nation's southern border, the government said. The first phase of the project involves building nine towers that would be along 28 miles of the Arizona-Mexico border, and that bracket the Sasabe, Ariz., port of entry. Boeing Co.
March 28, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Undercover investigators slipped radioactive material -- enough to make two small "dirty bombs" -- across U.S. borders in Texas and Washington state in a test of security at American points of entry, the Government Accountability Office said. Radiation alarms at the unidentified sites detected the small amounts of cesium-137, a nuclear material used in industrial gauges. But customs agents permitted the material to enter because they were tricked with counterfeit documents.
September 16, 2003 | From Times Wire Services
China has moved troops into new positions along its 870-mile frontier with North Korea and ordered them to take over border patrol duties from military police. The move follows reports of rising crime in the region by North Korean soldiers and some of the thousands of North Korean refugees who sneak into China every year. China's Foreign Ministry said Monday that the army took charge of defending the border early this month, but it offered no details.
August 19, 2005 | Richard Marosi, Times Staff Writer
Along California's border with Mexico, the number of people caught crossing illegally has plummeted, a trickle compared to the hundreds of thousands arrested in Arizona. But to many residents and politicians in San Diego County, the international border remains a chaotic place overrun with illegal immigrants and drug smugglers. The common complaint here is that something must be done to tighten security. But is declaring a state of emergency the answer?
August 20, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Indian and Bangladeshi border guards fired warning shots at each other as both sides tried to strengthen fortifications along the banks of a river at the frontier between the countries, an Indian official said. No one was injured in the incident along the Mahananda River, which has in recent months changed its course, leading to a dispute over where the border lies, said Ramesh Singh, a border guard official.
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