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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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NEWS
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.
SPORTS
July 26, 2001
Foreign countries most represented on WNBA rosters (16 countries have one player each): Australia 17 players Russia Eight Brazil Seven Yugoslavia Three Czech Republic Three Croatia Two Canada Two Portugal Two Source: WNBA
WORLD
October 22, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Prisoners detained without charges. Prisons operating outside the legal system. Limits on free speech and the Internet. Legitimate voters prevented from casting their ballots. Sanctioned kidnappings. Witch hunts and torture. It's all part of life, says the Russian government - in the United States. The Russian Foreign Ministry on Monday issued a 56-page report in Russian and English titled, " On the Human Rights Situation in the United States . " The report, distributed at hearings held by the International Affairs Committee of Russia's lower house of parliament, was the first such full examination of the U.S. human rights record issued here since the fall of communism in 1991.
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
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?
WORLD
May 6, 2013 | By Paul Richter, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - When Bolivian President Evo Morales expelled the U.S. Agency for International Development from his impoverished country last week, he complained that Washington "still has a mentality of domination and submission" in the region. It was a familiar charge for the State Department's principal foreign aid agency. In the last two years, it has been booted out of Russia, snubbed in Egypt and declared unwelcome by a bloc of left-leaning Latin American countries. USAID "threatens our sovereignty and stability," the eight-nation Bolivarian Alliance of the Americas fumed in June in a resolution that accused the United States of political interference, conspiracy and "looting our natural resources.
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.
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