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November 18, 1990 | Reuters
The government lifted emergency powers in 13 black townships around Johannesburg on Friday, saying order had been restored to the troubled settlements after they were ravaged by black factional violence.
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WORLD
January 28, 2013 | Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif
President Mohamed Morsi invoked emergency powers in three cities Sunday night to stem riots that have killed nearly 50 people and raised questions over whether his Islamist-backed government can secure order amid sharpening political turmoil. In a nationally televised address, Morsi shook his finger at the camera and warned, "Those who try to scare citizens, use weapons, block roads, throw rocks at the innocent, those who attempt to jeopardize the safety and security of this nation, we must deal with them with all force and firmness.
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WORLD
May 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
The nation's highest court has stripped President Alvaro Uribe of emergency powers he took last year to battle leftist rebels. Uribe will respect the decision, a statement said. The measures had been due to expire Monday. The ruling annuls special militarized zones Uribe had created and takes away his ability to issue special decrees.
WORLD
January 27, 2013 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Reem Abdellatif
PORT SAID, Egypt -- President Mohamed Morsi invoked emergency powers in three cities Sunday night to stem riots that have killed nearly 50 people and raised questions over whether his Islamic-backed government can secure order amid sharpening political turmoil. In a nationally televised address, Morsi shook his finger at the camera and warned: “Those who try to scare citizens, use weapons, block roads, throw rocks at the innocent, those who attempt to jeopardize the safety and security of this nation, we must deal with them with all force and firmness.” He added that “everyone must know that state institutions in Egypt ... are fully capable of protecting this nation.” The emergency powers included curfews in the nation's most troubled cities: Ismailia, Port Said and Suez.
NEWS
December 13, 1989 | From Times wire services
The Philippine House of Representatives today voted President Corazon Aquino emergency powers for 90 days to help her rebuild the economy and thwart further coup attempts. The Senate, expected to approve a similar bill, postponed its vote for a day after the opposition sparked a marathon debate on a provision that would allow Aquino to take over public utilities and related businesses. The two chambers are to present a joint bill to Aquino, who is expected to sign it into law this week.
NEWS
December 15, 1985 | Associated Press
The military government Saturday extended its emergency powers to restrict civil liberties and press freedom for 90 days by publishing two decrees in the Official Bulletin. One decree, citing "an internal threat to national security," renewed the state of emergency under which President Augusto Pinochet has ruled Chile most of his 12 years in power.
NEWS
June 8, 1990
Many powers granted to police under emergency regulations already existed in security laws. However, the emergency decree bypassed the courts and granted police indemnity from prosecution for any action they took "in good faith." As of midnight tonight, under the orders of President Frederik W. de Klerk, the powers remain in effect only in Natal province. The most important emergency powers given to police and soldiers were: The right to detain any person indefinitely without charge.
NEWS
March 18, 1986 | United Press International
A Cabinet-level commission has agreed to recommend granting Philippine President Corazon Aquino emergency powers for six months rather than have her declare a revolutionary government, a Cabinet minister said today. Political Affairs Minister Antonio Cuenco said the study panel will recommend that the National Assembly convene May 12 to enact the extraordinary legislation to get the nation back on its feet after 20 years of rule by Ferdinand E. Marcos.
NEWS
May 3, 1995 | SAM JAMESON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Yomiuri Shimbun, Japan's largest newspaper, broke another post-World War II taboo today by urging the Japanese people to support its proposal that the prime minister be given emergency powers to deal with foreign military threats, disasters and terrorism. The 10-million-circulation newspaper suggested that new measures be passed to let the prime minister declare a state of emergency, issue orders on authority of only his Cabinet and dispatch troops to an emergency--at home or overseas.
NEWS
January 3, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
President Corazon Aquino has asked the Philippine Congress for emergency powers to cope with possible civil unrest in case of a Persian Gulf war. Her executive secretary, Oscar Orbos, said the powers would cover areas such as law and order and regulation of supplies of essential commodities such as food and gasoline. Defense Secretary Fidel V. Ramos said that if war breaks out, Manila might have to contend with domestic unrest as extremist groups try to exploit rising prices and shortages.
NEWS
May 3, 2012 | By Robert Greene
I explained in an earlier post that if Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa leaves office early to become, say, U.S. secretary of Transportation, the acting mayor would be the City Council president. And right now, that's Herb Wesson Jr. If I had been paying attention, I would have noticed the post by Alice Walton on the KPCC news site that reports that Wesson is recovering from a serious fall at his home that sent him to the emergency room and required stitches. I wish him a quick and full recovery.
WORLD
December 12, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Kaushik began shoplifting gum balls at age 7 and eventually graduated to carbonated beverages, books, expensive name-brand deodorant and hair gel, usually from high-end malls. He didn't need to swipe the merchandise; his family was comfortably middle class. But Kaushik, now 28, relished the adrenaline rush and his ability to look calm as his heart raced. "It's totally the thrill, the sense of power of hoodwinking the security," said the New Delhi media employee, who would give only his first name, adding that he had quit stealing six years ago. "I had no moral dilemma, only concern over the legal ramifications if I got caught.
WORLD
October 5, 2011 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
The Obama administration is urging Egypt's military government to repeal a sweeping law giving it the right to detain people without charge, arguing that failure to lift the statute would taint upcoming parliamentary elections. Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta raised American concern about the emergency law in talks Tuesday in Cairo with Field Marshal Mohamed Hussein Tantawi, chief of the ruling military council, and other Egyptian officials. "The response I got back is that they are seriously looking at the first opportunity" to lift the emergency law, Panetta said.
OPINION
August 26, 2010 | By Jorge G. Castañeda
Few matters generate as much consensus in international affairs today as the need to rebuild the world geopolitical order. Everyone seems to agree, at least in their rhetoric, that the makeup of the U.N. Security Council is obsolete and that the G-8 no longer includes all of the world's most important economies. New actors need to be brought in. But even if a retooled international order would be far more representative of the distribution of power, it is not clear whether it would be better.
WORLD
July 27, 2010 | By Noam N. Levey and Jennifer Martinez, Tribune Washington Bureau
Though propelled to fame by its recent disclosures about the U.S. military, WikiLeaks has homed in on targets as wide-ranging as corruption in the family of a former Kenyan ruler, alleged illegal activities by a Swiss bank and Sarah Palin's private e-mail account. And in just 3 1/2 years, the secretive organization founded by a convicted Australian hacker has helped pioneer a new model for using the Internet to unearth classified government documents and private corporate memos.
WORLD
December 11, 2009 | By Jim Tankersley
Negotiations between representatives of the world's largest economies appeared stalled Thursday on a particularly touchy aspect of attacking global warming: how to make sure countries actually do what they pledge to do to combat climate change. The challenge of ensuring that promises come true looms even larger than such issues as reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing financial aid for developing countries, diplomats and environmentalists said. "Among the major emitters, this seems to be the biggest issue," said Melinda Kimble, a former U.S. climate negotiator who is a senior vice president at the United Nations Foundation and closely engaged in the talks.
NEWS
November 11, 2001 | From Reuters
Britain will seek emergency powers Monday permitting the indefinite detention of foreigners suspected of terrorism, the nation's latest move to tighten security after the Sept. 11 attacks in the United States. The controversial plan, which involves opting out of part of the European Convention on Human Rights, was immediately criticized by a leading human rights advocate.
NEWS
January 3, 1991 | From Reuters
President Corazon Aquino has asked the Philippine Congress for emergency powers to cope with possible civil unrest in case of a Persian Gulf war, government officials said Wednesday. Aquino's executive secretary, Oscar Orbos, told reporters after a meeting with leaders of Congress that they are considering approving emergency powers before the Jan. 15 U.N. deadline for Iraq to withdraw from Kuwait.
OPINION
July 2, 2008 | Selig S. Harrison, Selig S. Harrison is director of the Asia program at the Center for International Policy and a senior scholar of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
While the CIA and the Pentagon search in vain for Osama bin Laden in the mountains of northwest Pakistan, an Al Qaeda affiliate has been quietly building up terrorist bases in the jungles of Bangladesh under the protective aegis of a new military regime in Dhaka allied with Islamist forces. The founding leader of the Harkat-ul-Jihad-al-Islami in Bangladesh, Fazlur Rehman Khalil, was one of the six signatories of Bin Laden's first declaration of holy war against the United States on Feb.
BUSINESS
May 14, 2006 | Tom Petruno, Times Staff Writer
The global economy is on a growth streak that is shaping up to be the broadest and strongest expansion in more than three decades. Rising spending and investment by consumers and businesses worldwide are boosting national economies on every continent, pushing down unemployment rates in many countries and lifting business earnings and confidence. Of 60 nations tracked by investment firm Bridgewater Associates, not one is in recession -- the first time that has been true since 1969.
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