March 8, 2012 |
Syria's deputy oil minister reportedly defected from the government of Bashar Assad on Thursday, and a high-level international peace envoy seeking a cease-fire in Syria warned against further "militarization" of the bloody conflict. The reported move by Abdo Hussameddin - whose videotaped message abandoning the Assad administration was posted on YouTube - would be the highest-level civilian defection to date from the embattled government in Damascus, which is facing a yearlong rebellion, international isolation and a reeling economy.
January 2, 1985 |
A secret police lieutenant testified today that his superior led him to believe a deputy interior minister was aware of a plan to kidnap a pro-Solidarity priest. Lt. Leszek Pekala was resuming his testimony after a holiday break in the trial of four secret police officers charged in the abduction and slaying of Father Jerzy Popieluszko last October. Pekala said his superior, Capt.
November 8, 1998 |
Hundreds of protesters shouted anti-government slogans, set fires and burned a T-shirt with Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad's portrait outside a mosque in the Malaysian capital Saturday. The protesters shouted "Reformasi!" or reform, in front of the mosque in Kampung Baru in the center of Kuala Lumpur, where demonstrators clashed with police two weeks ago in the most violent anti-government demonstration since sacked Deputy Premier Anwar Ibrahim was arrested Sept. 20.
September 30, 1990 |
West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
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July 30, 1991 |
It was no small feat for Mikhail Gorbachev to persuade the Central Committee of the Soviet Communist Party last week to accept a program closer to socialism of a West European social democratic type than to communism in the normal sense. The great majority of those who voted for it did so largely in order to fight another day. They have been promised the opportunity for further work on the program--that is, a chance to water it down--and a party congress by the end of the year.
November 20, 1997 |
A plan to cope with future economic crises in Asia won endorsement Wednesday from deputy finance ministers gathered in Manila, setting the stage for further discussion next week at a Pacific Rim summit in Vancouver. A communique issued by the group called for a "cooperative financing arrangement" that would maintain the "central role" of the International Monetary Fund in setting the terms for any rescue packages.
April 10, 1994 |
For a nation deeply suspicious of the outside world, Iraq has produced a remarkable crop of diplomats. Controlled by a dictator, Saddam Hussein, who has spent only five days outside Iraq, and run from a capital, Baghdad, that has been described as an Arab East Berlin (before reunification), over the years the Iraqi Foreign Service has still managed to assemble a corps of diplomats often acknowledged to be among the best outside Europe and the Americas.
July 18, 2003 |
News of their husbands' deaths came to Cynthia Yormie and Suzana Vaye in a simple sentence, uttered by a concerned community leader. Yormie and Vaye had spent almost two weeks seeking the whereabouts of their spouses, deputy ministers who hadn't been heard from since June 5 after having been detained by state security officials. So a community elder went to the government seeking information. "Your husbands are no more," the elder said when he returned.
January 31, 2002 |
Two former top officials from Afghanistan's vanquished Taliban regime were detained Wednesday near the southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta, authorities said. Nazar Jan Baluch, a senior Quetta police official, said the two men had been identified as the Taliban's supreme court chief justice, Noor Mohammed Saqib, and the deputy foreign minister, Abdur Rahman Zahid. Baluch said the two men had been detained in predawn police raids on two villages.
August 20, 2001 |
An underground methane and coal-dust explosion killed 36 miners, injured 44 and left more than a dozen missing in eastern Ukraine on Sunday, the Emergency Situations Ministry said. The morning accident--the deadliest this year in the country's hazardous coal mines--came as more than 250 miners were working underground at the Zasyadko mine in the coal-rich Donetsk region, authorities said. "This is a tragedy.