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June 2, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain on Wednesday lifted the emergency rule it imposed in March during a crackdown on widespread protests for democratic reform dominated by the island nation's Shiite Muslim majority. On Wednesday, much of the military pulled out of Manama, the capital, though police-manned checkpoints across the city remained. At least 30 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since the protests began in February, according to human rights groups. King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa expressed hope in a speech the previous day that his subjects could open a new chapter after months of discord.
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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.
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WORLD
September 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Thai government ended a state of emergency in Bangkok, saying the measure had scared away tourists crucial to the country's economy. Emergency rule was imposed Sept. 2 after a night of violent clashes between anti-government supporters and opponents left one man dead and dozens injured. Images of the mayhem were broadcast around the world, prompting travel advisories from several countries. Calm was quickly restored.
WORLD
June 2, 2011 | By Ned Parker, Los Angeles Times
Bahrain on Wednesday lifted the emergency rule it imposed in March during a crackdown on widespread protests for democratic reform dominated by the island nation's Shiite Muslim majority. On Wednesday, much of the military pulled out of Manama, the capital, though police-manned checkpoints across the city remained. At least 30 people have died and hundreds have been arrested since the protests began in February, according to human rights groups. King Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa expressed hope in a speech the previous day that his subjects could open a new chapter after months of discord.
WORLD
November 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
A state of emergency that was imposed after a police crackdown on opposition protests will end Friday, said Georgia's parliamentary speaker, a close ally of President Mikheil Saakashvili. "The state of emergency will be lifted on Nov. 16, and we will switch to a normal life," Nino Burjanadze said in a televised statement. Saakashvili imposed the state of emergency last week, after violently dispersing opposition protests in the capital, Tbilisi.
WORLD
May 19, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Indonesia lifted emergency rule in Aceh province but said soldiers would remain. Rebels demanded their withdrawal. Two years ago, Jakarta abandoned peace talks and launched an offensive against the Free Aceh Movement. After the Dec. 26 tsunami, rebels proclaimed a truce and the government reopened peace talks. Cabinet Secretary Sudi Silahahi said the troops would stay "to restore peace and order" and help "safeguard the process of rehabilitation and reconstruction."
NEWS
August 5, 1998 | From Times Wire Reports
President Chandrika Kumaratunga imposed emergency rule throughout Sri Lanka, clearing the way for a delay in elections scheduled for Aug. 28. Military leaders have expressed concern that soldiers battling separatist Tamil Tiger guerrillas in the north of the island nation would have to be redeployed to secure voting booths.
NEWS
June 28, 1986 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Some South Africans, even within President Pieter W. Botha's National Party, had hoped that the state of emergency imposed on June 12 would be relaxed by June 30 and lifted sometime next month. But it is becoming clear that the state of emergency will be tougher and will last longer than perhaps anyone had expected.
NEWS
July 8, 1986 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Government opponents won their first legal victory Monday against South Africa's state of emergency when a judge ordered a political detainee to be freed and declared that police actions are subject to court review even under the emergency decrees.
WORLD
December 15, 2007 | From the Associated Press
President Pervez Musharraf made last-minute changes to Pakistan's constitution Friday, shoring up his legal defenses before lifting a 6-week-old state of emergency, Atty. Gen. Malik Mohammed Qayyum said. The U.S.-backed leader cast Pakistan into turmoil and raised serious doubts over the credibility of next month's parliamentary elections by imposing a state of emergency Nov. 3. He is expected to lift it and restore the constitution today.
WORLD
March 25, 2011 | By Neela Banerjee, Los Angeles Times
Critics of the Bahrain government have called for widespread rallies Friday in defiance of the country's recent imposition of martial law, raising the possibility of further violence nine days after a bloody crackdown on protesters and opposition leaders. Nine rallies are being planned around Manama, the capital, said Mohammed Meskati, president of the Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights, which is serving as an information clearinghouse for organizers in hiding for fear of arrest.
WORLD
August 19, 2010 | By Meris Lutz, Los Angeles Times
A survey of Syrians, conducted in secret because of government prohibitions, shows strong dissatisfaction with prevailing political and economic conditions. Though that may not be a surprise, the fact that any kind of opinion poll could be conducted in Syria, was certainly an eye-opener, the study's authors say. "The most surprising result had nothing to do with survey findings, but rather the fact that you could get this data collected. People really wanted to talk," said lead author, Angela Hawken of Pepperdine University.
WORLD
May 12, 2010 | By Jeffrey Fleishman and Amro Hassan, Los Angeles Times
Egypt's parliament Tuesday extended the nation's emergency law, limiting its scope but drawing condemnation from dissidents and human rights groups who say the legislation will not stop police from arresting opposition leaders and democracy activists. Parliament approved the law while opponents protested outside amid rows of riot police. The government sought to defuse criticism by emphasizing that the measure would cover only terrorism and drug-related crimes. But critics accused authorities of making cosmetic changes to a 29-year-old system that gives police sweeping discretionary powers against political opponents.
WORLD
June 10, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Sri Lanka's Parliament voted to extend the island nation's state of emergency for another month as the government tries to root out any Tamil Tiger rebels remaining after the end of the civil war. The state of emergency gives the military and police wide-ranging powers to arrest terrorist suspects and detain them indefinitely. It has been in place for most of the last 30 years while the government fought Tamil separatists in a bloody civil war that ended last month. Meanwhile, Human Rights Minister Mahinda Samarasinghe said authorities were able to send 2,120 civilians displaced by the war back to their hometowns.
WORLD
December 29, 2008 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
Bangladeshis formed long lines at polling stations to choose a new prime minister and restore democracy after two years of emergency rule. But both of the leading candidates face corruption charges, and many fear that the election, the first in seven years, won't bring reform.
WORLD
September 15, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Thai government ended a state of emergency in Bangkok, saying the measure had scared away tourists crucial to the country's economy. Emergency rule was imposed Sept. 2 after a night of violent clashes between anti-government supporters and opponents left one man dead and dozens injured. Images of the mayhem were broadcast around the world, prompting travel advisories from several countries. Calm was quickly restored.
WORLD
November 28, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
President Pervez Musharraf today formally relinquished his position as military chief of staff, a role that for more than eight years defined him as Pakistan's leader, but that ultimately led to a popular uprising that threatened to drive him from power. Under intense pressure from international backers as well as domestic foes, Musharraf acquiesced at last to demands that he retire from the military if he wished to continue serving as president.
WORLD
November 13, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Backed by hundreds of police officers, the government placed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto under house arrest today to prevent a protest against President Pervez Musharraf, escalating a war of nerves before a deadline later this week for Musharraf to step down as army chief. It was the second time in less than a week that the Pakistani president's biggest rival has been confined to a home.
OPINION
July 17, 2008
The subprime mortgage meltdown has taken a toll on the financial sector, triggering the collapse of one of Wall Street's oldest firms, wild gyrations in the market and a loss of faith by investors in some institutional cornerstones. Yet the most vigorous responses have come from the Federal Reserve and the Treasury Department, not the cop on the beat -- the Securities and Exchange Commission. This month, the SEC appeared to rouse itself from its torpor.
WORLD
December 16, 2007 | Laura King, Times Staff Writer
President Pervez Musharraf on Saturday lifted a 6-week-old state of emergency under which he had suspended Pakistan's constitution and cracked down on the opposition, but critics said the move did little to restore basic liberties. The country's deposed chief justice remains in effect under house arrest, along with many other senior judges. Independent broadcast media are operating under tight restrictions.
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