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May 21, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
The Little Mermaid statue in Copenhagen was found draped in a Muslim dress and head scarf. Danish police removed the clothing after a caller reported it, a spokesman said. The statue dedicated to Hans Christian Andersen draws about 1 million visitors a year and is targeted occasionally by vandals. On Tuesday, the statue's face, left arm and lap were found doused with red paint.
December 8, 2001 | From Times Staff Reports
About 600 nativity scenes will be on view today and Sunday. The creches will be on display from noon to 9 p.m. today and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 1600 Erbes Road. The nativity scenes include 60 from Simi Valley collector Leila Jones, whose displays include a nativity scene so small it fits on the head of a pin, a creche made up of marionettes and one from Kyrgyzstan with the Mary figurine wearing a burka. The event is free.
September 13, 1999 | Times Wire Services
The U.N. human rights investigator Sunday harshly criticized Afghanistan's Taliban religious army for the widespread, systematic and officially sanctioned abuse of women. Accusing the Taliban's Ministry of Vice and Virtue of deep discrimination against women, Radhika Coomaraswamy, the U.N. special investigator into violence against women, called for international pressure to force its dissolution.
April 16, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
The Supreme Court ordered the release on bail of a hard-line cleric who was detained as soldiers stormed his radical Red Mosque, or Lal Masjid, in 2007, killing scores of people and energizing the country's Islamist insurgency. Maulana Abdul Aziz was arrested as he tried to sneak out of the besieged mosque in the capital, Islamabad, dressed in an all-covering burka, which is worn by some Muslim women. Security forces stormed the mosque days later after scores of heavily armed militants inside refused to surrender.
The holiday shopping season kicks off today with the country at war and in a decidedly changed mood. Shoppers have been cautious since mid-September, staying away from stores and malls. Spending in these uncertain times seems so self-indulgent and so last year. Instead of big-ticket items this year, retail analyst Karen Schaffner believes shoppers will be looking to give more "thoughtful" gifts.
During practice sessions for the Skate America competition this week in Buffalo, N.Y., Christopher Bowman expects to be confronted with a moment of indecision. Should he skate to the sideboards to seek advice from Frank Carroll, his coach of 17 years, or from Toller Cranston, who has been coaching Bowman for little more than a month? "It's going to be bizarre in the warm-ups," Bowman said last week. "I'll go into overdrive and then forget which coach to go over to."
August 11, 2011 | By Alex Rodriguez and Nasir Khan, Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
A coordinated attack involving a remote-control bomb blast and a female suicide bomber killed seven people in Peshawar on Thursday, ending a stretch of relative calm in the volatile northwest city. The blasts occurred at a police checkpoint in the city of 1.4 million people perched on the edge of Pakistan's tribal belt along the Afghan border, where Taliban militants and their allies maintain strongholds. Plagued by scores of suicide bomb attacks in recent years, Peshawar has seen a lull in militant violence in the last few weeks.
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