June 14, 2002 |
Yasser Arafat convened his new, streamlined Cabinet at his headquarters here Thursday, three days after Israeli tanks blockaded the complex and caused a delay. Israel ended the blockade in Ramallah on Wednesday, and on Thursday five new ministers swore allegiance to the Palestinian Authority. The slimmer Cabinet--down to 21 ministers from 31--came after Israel, the U.S. and Europe demanded that the Palestinian Authority president reform his corruption-ridden administration.
July 27, 2003 |
Complaining of paramilitary extortion, tardy pension payments and the price of corn, Colombians took to the phones Saturday to relate their fears and needs to President Alvaro Uribe during a marathon, interactive Cabinet meeting. Broadcast live on television for 10 hours, the program featured rumpled ministers with unbuttoned collars, reports stacked in front of them, giving a rendering of accounts from Uribe's first year in office. For most, the balance was positive. "Mr.
December 29, 2004 |
Viktor Yushchenko, the unofficial winner of Ukraine's fiercely fought presidential contest, called Tuesday for supporters to block his opponent, Prime Minister Viktor Yanukovich, from holding a meeting today of what the opposition leader termed an illegal government. The renewed confrontation between the bitter rivals came as the Central Election Commission announced that with 100% of precincts counted, Yushchenko had won Sunday's repeat presidential runoff vote by 51.99% to 44.19%.
June 12, 2007 |
A cease-fire called to allow thousands of Gaza Strip students to take final exams Monday broke down shortly after starting, as fighting between rival Palestinian factions left at least 14 people dead by early today. The latest flare-up between Hamas and Fatah, during which a government building came under fire as the Cabinet met inside, followed skirmishing the night before that killed at least three other people. Two of the victims were thrown to their deaths from rooftops.
November 20, 2012 |
As negotiators worked on a tenuous cease-fire deal, Israel and Hamas pounded each other for a sixth day and anger rose in the Gaza Strip over the increasing number of casualties. Hopes for a truce grew Monday night when Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened Cabinet members to discuss the details of what was said to be a multiphase, multiyear cease-fire agreement. Officials in Egypt, where the talks were underway, expressed cautious optimism. Arab League leaders and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, who was visiting the region, were trying to help negotiate a deal.
March 30, 2007 |
Former New York City Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani says in an interview airing tonight on ABC that he is open to having his wife sit in on Cabinet meetings if he is elected president. Giuliani said he would allow Judith Nathan to attend the meetings "if she wanted to, if they were relevant to something that she was interested in. I mean, that would be something that I'd be very, very comfortable with."
October 12, 2008 |
Barely two weeks after Sarah Palin had been sworn in as Alaska's governor, in December 2006, then-Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan's executive secretary got a confusing phone call from Palin's office: The first gentleman would like to schedule a meeting with her boss. "I was not familiar with the term 'first gentleman,' or didn't hear her correctly, so I kept asking her, 'Who?' " the secretary, Cassandra Byrne, testified recently. "And she eventually said, 'Todd Palin.'
March 11, 1990 |
Israeli police fired on Palestinian demonstrators in Arab-populated East Jerusalem on Saturday, killing at least one and triggering a brief wave of protests on the eve of an Israeli Cabinet meeting scheduled today on the contentious issue of peace talks. According to reports from Palestinian spokesmen and international relief workers, two men were shot to death and two others wounded at Shuafat, the only refugee camp within the city's boundaries.
January 20, 2001 |
Sixteen-year-old Ofir Rahum's Web site became a virtual memorial Friday. Even as his bullet-riddled body was being buried in a rain-drenched cemetery on Israel's coast, computer enthusiasts from all over the world were posting messages of grief and anger. "I wish you would have remained anonymous and a stranger to us all," wrote one.
January 14, 2012 |
Small businesses scored a victory when President Obama said the head of the federal agency that provides them with loan guarantees and other assistance would begin attending Cabinet meetings. Karen Mills, who leads the Small Business Administration, "is going to make sure that small-business owners have their own seat at the table in our Cabinet meetings," Obama said Friday. His announcement was welcomed by small business advocates. For more than three years, they had been urging Obama to elevate the SBA administrator to Cabinet rank, the same top status as in the Clinton administration.