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TRAVEL
September 3, 2006
WE found Molly Malone's article to have a club-hopping, celebrity-watching, college student focus ["In Buenos Aires, the Living's Easy," Aug. 20]. We loved Buenos Aires on our recent visit, in part because the people are not Hollywood hipsters. The people of Buenos Aires openly shared with us their culture. From the maids to the bellhops to the taxi drivers and street-fair artisans, the people of this bustling city exhibit passion, pride and a sense of purpose in their everyday activities.
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WORLD
April 18, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
DAMASCUS, Syria - The thud of mortar shelling alternated with tolling church bells Friday as the Christians of this capital's ancient Bab Touma district marked Good Friday amid extremely tight security. The Easter Week processions that once featured tens of thousands walking the cobblestoned streets of the Old City now are confined to the close vicinity of churches. Soldiers and militiamen checked everyone coming and going on Friday; vehicular traffic was largely closed off as a precaution against car bombs.
WORLD
August 22, 2013 | By Tracy Wilkinson
MEXICO CITY - Mexican authorities exhumed at least seven bodies from a clandestine mass grave Thursday and were conducting tests to determine whether they were part of a group of young people kidnapped nearly three months ago from a bar in the heart of this capital. The city's top prosecutor, Rodolfo Rios, said that DNA tests would be used to attempt to identify the corpses, which he said were badly decomposed, and that it would take at least 48 hours. By midday, seven bodies had been recovered from the muddy pit, 25 miles east of downtown Mexico City, and the search continued for more under a heavy police guard.
WORLD
August 31, 2013 | By a Los Angeles Times Special Correspondent
DAMASCUS, Syria - President Obama's decision to seek congressional approval for a strike on Syria provided a respite for worried Damascus residents, but many feared it would be short-lived. The announcement Saturday came as preparations continued in the capital for an anticipated U.S. missile barrage in retaliation for the government's alleged use of chemical weapons on Aug. 21. With two weeks left before schools are scheduled to open, Syrian soldiers and pro-government paramilitary forces have moved into school facilities throughout the capital.
WORLD
January 21, 2012 | By Alexandra Zavis and Rima Marrouch, Los Angeles Times
In a central square, government supporters set up a stage and speakers for a rally, watched over by a towering portrait of President Bashar Assad that draped four stories of Syria's sanctioned central bank. A short drive away, burly men in leather jackets wielding guns and truncheons massed outside a police station in the restive Midan neighborhood, near the site of a deadly bombing last month, ready to respond to the first sign of protest. So began another Friday in the Syrian capital, Damascus.
WORLD
March 25, 2012 | By Alexandra Sandels, Los Angeles Times
The cigarette smoke hovers dense inside the neighborhood cafe. Young patrons knock back beers at greasy wooden tables. A heated debate rages about Syria's revolt. The rotund bar owner labels the rebels baltajiya , or bandits, who are ravaging towns and villages. Demonstrators want only change and freedom, replies a young man in a hooded sweat shirt. Others wrangle over the president and the uncertain future. It is a striking scene for a tightly controlled police state.
WORLD
January 18, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Gunmen killed two Jordanian U.N. peacekeepers and seriously wounded a third at a checkpoint in a Port-au-Prince slum that is a stronghold for supporters of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide, a United Nations spokesman said. The three Jordanians were on duty at the Cite Soleil checkpoint in the capital when they came under fire. The shootings occurred three weeks before previously postponed elections to replace an interim government.
BUSINESS
March 14, 1985
The nation's 1,000 largest manufacturers boosted their capital appropriations in 1984 to $116 billion, despite heavy cutbacks in the petroleum industry, the Conference Board said. Capital appropriations in the fourth quarter rose 5% from the previous quarter to $29 billion, the business-sponsored research organization said. Excluding the petroleum industry cutbacks, fourth-quarter appropriations rose 17% from the third quarter, it said.
NEWS
September 27, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
Afghanistan's rebel Taliban Islamic militia reportedly captured parts of Kabul and the main government air base as defending forces appeared to be abandoning the besieged capital. At the United Nations in New York, the country's deputy foreign minister confirmed earlier that government troops were leaving the capital and that President Burhanuddin Rabbani was considering transferring power.
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