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December 13, 2009 | Times Wire Services
The Cuban government has arrested a U.S. contractor working for the United States Agency for International Development who was distributing cellphones and laptop computers to Cuban activists, State Department officials and congressional sources said Saturday. The contractor, who has not been identified because of federal privacy rules, works for Development Alternatives Inc., based in Bethesda, Md. Jim Boomgard, company president and chief executive, said in a statement that his firm was awarded a government contract last year to help USAID "strengthen civil society in support of just and democratic governance in Cuba."
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April 25, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Separatist gunmen occupying the volatile eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk detained a 13-member team of military analysts from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Friday in defiance of international agreements signed by Russia and Ukraine. The German-led OSCE team was on a mission to evaluate a potential security threat and operating under a treaty provision known as the Vienna Document, which obliges the OSCE's 57 member states to "consult and cooperate in case of unusual military activity or increasing tensions.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 3, 2000
"Not Having a Nice Day" (photos, July 29) shows LAPD officers with drawn guns prepared to board a bus in search of two riders who reportedly had threatened to harm the driver. The officers detained all of the passengers with their hands over their head as if they were all criminals. Clearly, these photos illustrate the need for LAPD reforms. The indiscriminate detention of these bus-riding citizens regardless of constitutional rights must not be allowed. Bring in the feds. Pleeease!
OPINION
April 22, 2014 | By The Times editorial board
Comprehensive immigration reform is probably dead for yet another year, the victim - once again - of a dysfunctional Congress that can't even reach agreement on the things it agrees on. There is nothing President Obama can do about that, although if therapy were available for political relationships, there'd be a referral waiting to be made. In the meantime, the president still has to administer immigration laws as they exist, and he reportedly is considering dropping his opposition to bond hearings for detained undocumented immigrants.
WORLD
September 9, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Mexico City police said they have detained five suspects in the kidnapping and killing of a 14-year-old boy, a crime that prompted protests across the nation. Officials said kidnappers dressed as police and set up a fake checkpoint on a busy street to snare victim Fernando Marti, revealing the complexity and sophistication of Mexico's organized crime gangs. City prosecutor Miguel Mancera said the suspected ringleader, Sergio Ortiz, posed as a well-heeled society type to move among the wealthy and collect information on potential victims.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 23, 2009 | Paloma Esquivel
On the eve of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's visit to the United Nations, the families of three young UC Berkeley graduates detained in that country while hiking pleaded for their release. "This is not a political situation at all, it's totally humanitarian," Patrick Sandys, cousin of detainee Sarah Shourd, said Tuesday. "We don't want it to get mired in the already difficult political situation between the U.S. and Iran. We just want our family members home." Shourd, 31; Shane Bauer, 27; and Joshua Fattal, 27, have been in Iranian custody since they allegedly crossed into the country July 31 while hiking through a mountainous area of Iraq's northern Kurdistan region.
NATIONAL
August 15, 2009 | Sebastian Rotella
Six days ago, a Pakistani journalist on the run from Taliban militants landed in the United States holding a valuable key to sanctuary: a visa granting him the right to work for the Voice of America radio service for one year. But today Rahman Bunairee is in an immigration lockup in Virginia after being detained upon his arrival at Dulles International Airport. "We are concerned and upset" about the detention, said Joan Mower, a spokeswoman for the VOA, which is funded by the U.S. government.
WORLD
November 16, 2008 | Times Wire Reports
Iran detained 10 spies carrying $500,000 in cash who had entered the Islamic Republic illegally from neighboring Pakistan, state television said. Modern espionage cameras and maps of sensitive regions in Iran were found when the group was detained in Iran's southeastern Sistan-Baluchistan province, the report said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 5, 2008 | Andrew Blankstein
A Woodrow Wilson High School student was stabbed multiple times on campus, and a classmate was detained for questioning, Los Angeles police said Tuesday. The attack about 1:30 p.m. prompted school officials to lock down the campus for more than an hour as police searched for the assailant. Police said the assailant came up from behind the victim, 17, while he was eating lunch and stabbed him in the face with a screwdriver. Police said the attack may have stemmed from a gang rivalry.
NEWS
June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
Security police detained about 120 people as they left a Protestant church after protesting the results of East Germany's local elections, church officials said Thursday. Uniformed and plainclothes officers dragged the civil rights activists to three waiting buses and drove them away Wednesday night, the church aides and witnesses said. Police told church leaders those detained will be freed once their names have been taken but it was not immediately clear whether this had happened.
NATIONAL
April 16, 2014 | By Brian Bennett and Christi Parsons
WASHINGTON - Obama administration officials are considering allowing bond hearings for immigrants in prolonged detention, officials said, a shift that could slow the pace of deportations because immigration courts expedite cases of incarcerated immigrants. Several thousand immigrants could be released from jails across the country if judges are allowed to hear their cases and grant bond, advocates say. The proposal is one of several being floated as the White House scrambles to ease the concerns of Latino groups and other traditional allies that have turned on President Obama in recent weeks.
WORLD
April 5, 2014 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY - Mexican federal authorities have detained the interior minister of Michoacan state after determining that he has "possible contacts with criminal organizations," according to a statement released by prosecutors Saturday night. The aggressive action against Interior Minister Jesus Reyna, is a sign that the federal government, which has struggled for months to control the drug-plagued state, is considering the possibility that the influence of narcotics trafficking has spread nearly to the pinnacle of state government.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 4, 2014 | By Kate Mather
Seventeen people were detained Friday after a panga was spotted off the coast of the Palos Verdes Peninsula, federal authorities said. A bystander alerted local police after spotting the 25-foot fishing boat about 8:30 a.m. near Lunada Bay, said Virginia Kice, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Federal authorities were called to the scene and detained the 15 men and two women who were aboard. Kice said four of the people were taken to area hospitals for treatment -- two who were injured when the boat came ashore, one suffering from exposure and another from hypothermia.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 26, 2014 | By Jason Wells and Phil Willon
State Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco has been detained after a series of raids by FBI and gang task force officials Wednesday, according to various media reports. FBI agents searched Yee's state Senate office Wednesday morning but declined to comment to The Times on the nature of their investigation. News photos showed Yee, a Democrat who is also running to be California's secretary of state, in the backseat of a patrol car as he arrived at a federal courthouse in downtown San Francisco.
WORLD
March 4, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO - Authorities detained and then turned away a San Francisco-based political activist after she arrived in Egypt with the intention of traveling to the Gaza Strip, Egyptian officials said Tuesday. The activist, Medea Benjamin, boarded a return flight to Istanbul, where her organization said she planned to seek medical treatment for injuries suffered while in Egyptian custody. Benjamin is a co-founder of Code Pink, which describes itself as a grass-roots social justice movement.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 19, 2014 | By Matt Stevens
Four people who allegedly tried to elude capture Wednesday by climbing onto the roof of a building in Long Beach after being served with a search warrant were detained, authorities said.  Detectives served a narcotics search warrant on the 4100 block of East 10th Street in Long Beach early Monday, and during the execution of the warrant four people fled to the roof, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. Aerial television news footage showed one of the suspects smoking a cigarette while others conversed as deputies cordoned off surrounding streets and put the building on lockdown.
WORLD
February 2, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
A lawyer for an Iranian activist says police detained the woman while she was campaigning for equal rights for women in marriage, divorce and inheritance. The lawyer says Nafiseh Azad was detained Friday while collecting signatures. Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh said collecting signatures is not illegal. Over the last three years, however, Iran has detained many women seeking equal rights.
NATIONAL
March 9, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
An American journalist detained in Iran showed no signs of physical torture during a visit from a lawyer, her father, Reza Saberi, said in Fargo. The Iran Foreign Ministry has said Roxana Saberi, 31, was detained because she continued working after the government revoked her press credentials in 2006. She has reported for National Public Radio and other media. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has called for Saberi's release.
WORLD
February 12, 2014 | By Laura King
CAIRO -- An Egyptian employee of the U.S. Embassy has been detained by police since Jan. 25, an embassy spokesman said Wednesday. The jailed staffer was identified as Ahmed Eleiba. Associates said his work involved monitoring developments concerning political Islam in Egypt -- a sensitive subject in the wake of the popularly supported military coup that deposed Islamist president Mohamed Morsi in July. The incident reflected an increasingly aggressive stance by the Egyptian police and judiciary toward anyone suspected of even a tangential connection with the Muslim Brotherhood or any other Islamist group.
BUSINESS
February 7, 2014 | By Ricardo Lopez
Team USA may not be getting its Chobani Greek yogurt any time soon as a shipment containing 5,000 cups of the protein-packed snack is snagged in a trade dispute between U.S. and Russian authorities. While some athletes appear to be shrugging off the lack of Chobani, the conflict has become a punch line of late night television, and Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is calling on Russian authorities to free the "yogurt trapped in a holding pattern at Newark Airport" in New Jersey.
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