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April 7, 1986 | United Press International
Leftist protesters chanting "go home, go home" hounded Defense Secretary Caspar W. Weinberger today as he visited President Corazon Aquino and agreed that the United States should emphasize economic aid in its support of her new government.
March 15, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON -   A delegation of eight U.S. senators met in Kiev, Ukraine,  with recently installed interim Ukrainian government leaders on the eve of a controversial Russian-supported secession vote in the Crimea region and discussed providing assistance. Sen. Richard Durbin (D-Ill.), the assistant minority leader, said Saturday that the United States is expected to respond to the Ukrainians' request for basic military items -   including fuel, tires, food and sleeping bags -   to support its troops.
April 30, 1985 | WILLIAM J. EATON, Times Staff Writer
Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev pledged solidarity and more economic aid to Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega on Monday, and they both accused the United States of raising tensions in Central America. The Soviet Union and Nicaragua signed a scientific, technological and economic agreement, said Tass, the government news agency, but it gave no details of what it provided. There was no mention of Soviet military aid for the Sandinistas.
March 3, 2014 | By Paul Richter and Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON - Russia's military action in Crimea has strengthened support for economic aid to beleaguered Ukraine, yet the multibillion-dollar package under discussion in world capitals still must navigate a treacherous course. With Russian troops now essentially in control of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula, President Obama challenged lawmakers who have been demanding tough action to start with an aid package to help shore up the fledgling government in Kiev, the Ukrainian capital. Obama said Monday that he'd heard "a lot of talk from Congress about what should be done.
May 27, 1986 | United Press International
Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke, expressing outrage at widespread abuses in the Philippine economy under the rule of Ferdinand E. Marcos, pledged his government's assistance Monday in helping President Corazon Aquino rebuild the country. Hawke met with Aquino at the presidential palace guest house on the final day of an Asian tour that has also taken him to Japan and China. Australia has announced an $18-million aid program to the Philippines this year, 50% above that of 1985.
October 14, 2008 | From the Associated Press
House Democrats and Republicans offered competing economic aid plans Monday as they jockeyed for political advantage on addressing the crisis. Democrats scheduled hearings to consider a postelection stimulus package that could cost as much as $150 billion. Republicans, spooked by an issue that has damaged their presidential nominee, John McCain, as well as GOP House and Senate candidates, called for more tax cuts and energy exploration to help the economy.
April 23, 1989 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, Times Staff Writer
President Daniel Ortega embarked on a three-week tour of 10 Western European countries Saturday in a major quest for economic aid. Nicaraguan authorities said he will seek $250 million in assistance to halt the slide of an economy shattered by a war against the U.S.-backed Contras and to start modest reconstruction. Western Europe's official aid to Nicaragua is now about $100 million a year. The trip will test European attitudes toward Sandinista political reforms adopted under a Central American peace agreement.
February 26, 1985 | DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writer
The Reagan Administration is considering a controversial new plan to fund the rebels fighting Nicaragua's leftist regime by diverting money originally intended as economic aid for Central America, officials here said Monday. President Reagan and Secretary of State George P. Shultz still hope to persuade Congress to approve $14 million in covert funding to be provided by the CIA to the rebels, known as contras, the officials said.
Leaders of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia went to Capitol Hill on Tuesday to ask lawmakers to deny more export credits or other economic aid to the Soviet Union until Moscow starts negotiations on independence for the three Baltic republics. Acting partly in deference to their request, the Senate temporarily set aside a resolution that would conditionally endorse $1.5 billion in additional export credits for Soviet purchases of American grain.
September 13, 1991
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, deciding that Cuba is a political and economic burden his faltering country can no longer afford to carry, says he will begin imminently to drastically downgrade Moscow's special ties with Havana, a relationship that spans almost the whole of Fidel Castro's 32 years of rule. Just what Gorbachev intends isn't entirely clear.
August 21, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- European nations agreed Wednesday to suspend the export of any equipment to Egypt that its security forces could use to suppress opposition to the military-backed government, but they will continue to provide economic aid to the turmoil-ridden Arab nation. “We do believe that the recent operations of the security forces have been disproportionate,” said Cathy Ashton, the top diplomat of the European Union. But she called Egypt “a crucial partner” whose people deserved continued economic assistance, especially the “most vulnerable” residents and those trying to build civil society.
July 9, 2013 | By Shashank Bengali and Paul Richter
CAIRO -- Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates on Tuesday announced a total of $8 billion in economic aid to help shore up Egypt's military-backed interim leaders after Islamist President Mohamed Morsi was removed in a coup last week. The Persian Gulf economic giants had eyed the Morsi government warily, worried that the rise of his Muslim Brotherhood movement would bolster Islamic extremists in their own countries. Saudi Arabia's $5-billion pledge and the Emirates' $3 billion will provide Egypt a much-needed economic lifeline, but analysts said they also would diminish the United States' already shrinking influence with the new government in Cairo.
July 4, 2012
Re "Upsurge in ill-will for U.S.," June 29 Every year, the U.S. channels hundreds of millions of dollars in military and economic aid to Pakistan. This includes aid to combat Pakistan's "crippling power crisis" and for "improving its weak educational system. " This week, many U.S. cities suffering a brutal heat wave have been hit by power outages - certainly a "crippling power crisis. " In addition, perhaps the administration could spare a few million to aid California's failing educational system.
April 26, 2012
Weary as Americans are of the war in Afghanistan, it has been obvious for some time that the United States would continue to play a role in that country after Afghan forces assume full control of security in 2014. So it isn't surprising that Washington and Kabul have reached a draft "strategic partnership" agreement under which the U.S. will continue providing military, economic and other aid to Afghanistan for another decade. In principle, a continuing relationship is perfectly defensible, but it needs to be circumscribed to prevent a re-escalation ofU.S.
August 25, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il met with Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in remote eastern Siberia on Wednesday, reportedly to discuss such issues as a natural gas pipeline, economic aid and nuclear disarmament. Kim, on his first trip to Russia in nearly a decade, is desperate for economic aid for his starving country, and Medvedev is seeking to bolster Russia's economic involvement in Northeast Asia. Moscow wants to build a pipeline through the Korean peninsula to sell Siberian natural gas to North Korea, Japan and South Korea.
August 24, 2011 | By John M. Glionna and Khristina Narizhnaya, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Reclusive North Korean leader Kim Jong Il traveled to Russia for the first time in nearly a decade, holding rare talks Wednesday with President Dmitry Medvedev that made progress on such issues as an energy deal and nuclear disarmament, according to Russian media reports. Meeting in remote eastern Siberia, the two leaders brought varying agendas, experts say: Kim is desperate for economic aid for his starving country while Medvedev seeks to bolster Russia's role in northeast Asia and promote its rapidly expanding economy.
If the Soviet Union breaks up into a series of independent republics, one of the little-noticed, long-term winners could be Taiwan. A number of U.S. officials and Asia specialists say that with its considerable wealth, Taiwan would be in a position to offer economic aid to new breakaway governments in the Baltics and elsewhere in exchange for some form of diplomatic recognition. "The new republics are going to need money and they are going to be subject to Taiwan's blandishments," one U.S.
The Bush Administration, accusing President Ion Iliescu of heading Romania back down the road to repression and dictatorship, said Friday that it will drop the Bucharest regime from the list of emerging Eastern European democracies being considered for U.S. economic aid. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Iliescu's use of truncheon-wielding miners to attack anti-government demonstrators "strikes at the very heart of Romanian democracy."
August 24, 2011 | By Max Boot
Moammar Kadafi's 42-year rule may be over, or nearly so, but Libya's problems have hardly ended. Even under the best of circumstances, Libya would have a difficult time making a transition to anything approaching democratic rule. Kadafi has so dominated Libyan life with his cult of personality, centered on his bizarre Green Book, that few if any independent institutions remain. Entire generations know nothing but his despotism. And of course this isn't the best of circumstances. Libya has been ravaged by six months of civil war that killed tens of thousands; the exact figure is unknown and probably unknowable, but even in April estimated death tolls ranged from 10,000 to 30,000.
May 21, 2011 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Kim Jong Il was reported to be visiting China on Friday, the third trip in 12 months for the reclusive North Korean leader. The luxuriously equipped and well-armored private train in which Kim travels was spotted crossing into the Chinese border town of Tumen on Friday morning, according to South Korean news media. Early dispatches said the train was carrying Kim Jong Eun, the leader's youngest son and presumed successor. But the South Korean government said later that the 69-year-old Kim Jong Il was the main visitor and that it was unclear whether his son had accompanied him. South Korean intelligence sources were quoted as saying the senior Kim was spending the night in Mudanjiang, a small city in the northern Chinese province of Heilongjiang, which borders Russia.
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