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March 16, 1987 | DON IRWIN, Times Staff Writer
Switzerland is the most comfortable nation in which to live, the United States is in fifth place and Mozambique and Angola are the least desirable of 130 countries surveyed by the Population Crisis Committee. The committee's report, issued here Sunday, ranked the nations according to a "human suffering index" designed to establish a relationship between rapid population growth and problems that are emerging for many fast-growing parts of the Third World.
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NEWS
March 15, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
It's hard to know which countries would welcome you with open arms and which ones keep you at arm's length, but the World Economic Forum has made this evaluation somewhat easier. Tucked inside the organization's 517-page  "Travel & Tourism Competitiveness Report 2013" is a chart about how countries feel about foreign visitors. It ranks 140 countries on a scale of 1 to 7, with 1 being "very unwelcome" and 7 being "very welcome. " Iceland and New Zealand topped the list with scores of 6.8 each followed by: 3. Morocco 4. Macedonia 5. Austria 6. Senegal 7. Portugal 8. Bosnia and Herzegovina 9. Ireland 10. Burkina Faso And the least friendliest?
NEWS
January 23, 1996 | Reuters
Israel and Tunisia agreed Monday to open diplomatic offices in each other's countries by April 15, a move hailed by the United States as a step forward in the Middle East peace process. The foreign ministers of the two countries finalized the agreement, which falls short of full diplomatic relations, at a joint meeting in the State Department with U.S. Secretary of State Warren Christopher.
NEWS
September 10, 2000 | JUANITA DARLING, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In many ways, Mexico is to Central America what the United States is to Mexico. Workers weigh the exponentially higher wages just across the river--the Usumacinta rather than the Rio Grande--against the dangers of an illegal crossing. Wealthy parents send their children to study in prestigious universities, then worry about the foreign ideas they may bring back, if they return at all.
NEWS
May 15, 1985 | From Reuters
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi on Tuesday began his first visit to Burundi since the two countries signed a cooperation treaty in 1973.
NEWS
July 3, 1987 | United Press International
President Reagan signed a declaration proclaiming both Thursday and today United States-Canada Days of Peace and Friendship. The proclamation recognizes the July 1 Canada Day and the July 4 Independence Day of the United States as "a truly appropriate time to commemorate the friendship between our two countries," the President said in a statement.
NEWS
October 29, 1991 | Reuters
A human rights group Monday assailed the records of countries attending the Middle East peace conference here. "None of the countries attending the peace conference meet acceptable standards of behavior either toward their own people or people under their control," Andrew Whitley, executive director of Middle East Watch, told reporters.
TRAVEL
April 27, 2008
My husband and I just returned from Israel and Egypt, and I want to shout from the rooftops that we had been misled about the risk of visiting these countries. We never felt afraid. The visible security in both countries is quite reassuring. I encourage people to relax and not be afraid to travel. Mona Shafer Edwards Los Angeles
SCIENCE
November 20, 2004 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Representatives of China and 15 other countries joined NASA officials this week to consider how their countries might cooperate with U.S. plans for human exploration of the moon and Mars. The three-day Washington workshop was the first in a series of meetings sponsored by the U.S. space agency.
WORLD
April 30, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
In Afghanistan, Iraq and many other countries across the globe, most Muslims support making sharia , or Islamic law, the official law of the land, according to a sweeping survey released Tuesday by the Pew Research Center. But sharia means different things to different Muslims, according to the study. Some supporters believe it should apply only to Muslims. Some want it used in only some kinds of cases. And many Muslims disagree on the morality of divorce, polygamy and birth control.
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