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June 1, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With its capital operating in a near-normal atmosphere for the time being, Ethiopia's new government began Friday to turn its attention to the country's most dire problem--the famine menacing as many as 7 million of its citizens and refugees. Relief operations here all but ceased as the country's military and government crisis climaxed with the flight of longtime dictator Mengistu Haile Mariam on May 21 and the subsequent collapse of his Marxist government.
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May 27, 1991 | From Associated Press
Still rejoicing over its dramatic airlift of Ethiopian Jews, Israel began Sunday to find homes, jobs and schools for the 14,000 newcomers, some of whom have never switched on a light bulb. At temporary living centers across Israel, doctors gave check-ups and volunteers distributed clothing, taught the immigrants to use kitchen utensils and toilets and collected lists of names to aid relatives seeking family members.
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June 1, 1991 | DOYLE McMANUS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The United States will not oppose independence for Ethiopia's rebellious province of Eritrea and expects the new government in Addis Ababa to negotiate a peaceful settlement of the long secession struggle, the State Department's chief of African affairs said Friday. "If (the Eritreans) want to exercise the right of self-determination, there's nobody who's going to stop them," Assistant Secretary of State Herman Cohen said.
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July 16, 1988 | Associated Press
A passenger bus traveling through the war-torn northern province of Eritrea ran over a land mine and triggered an explosion that killed 34 people and injured 39, the state-run news agency said Friday. The Ethiopian News Agency said the blast occurred Thursday 55 miles south of the Eritrean capital Asmara, along the Asmara-Makale highway, one of Ethiopia's main northern arteries for trade and relief aid. Government soldiers have been fighting two separate rebellions in the northern provinces.
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December 28, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When troops of the Eritrean People's Liberation Front marched into this capital last May, victorious after a 30-year civil war, one of their major problems was getting people off the streets. Literally; over the years, soldiers of the Ethiopian 2nd Army had marked their sidewalk guard posts by stringing tin cans across the doorways; any Eritrean returning home after a late night among Asmara's numerous bars and overturning the cans risked getting shot on the spot.
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February 12, 1990 | From Associated Press
Government troops and secessionist rebels battled for a fourth day Sunday for Ethiopia's vital Red Sea port of Massawa, state radio said. The Sunday morning broadcast by the government-controlled station conflicted with a report Saturday night by the Eritrean People's Liberation Front that it had captured the city.
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May 27, 1991 | MICHAEL A. HILTZIK, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Rebels of the Ethiopian People's Revolutionary Democratic Front claimed Sunday to have surrounded Addis Ababa International Airport, less than five miles east of the city. The announcement was broadcast over rebel radio not long after heavy gunfire was heard from the direction of the airport. The broadcast warned international air carriers not to fly over the city or attempt to land at the airport.
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November 5, 1989 | From Reuters
Ethiopia's Marxist government and rebels from the northern province of Tigre began peace talks in Rome on Saturday after a long delay arguing over whom the rebels represent. Delegations representing Ethiopia's Soviet-backed government and the Tigre People's Liberation Front (TPLF) drove into the Villa Madama, a secluded government guest house on a wooded hill in the suburbs Saturday morning. But it was another nine hours before they met to start talks.
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June 23, 1990 | From Reuters
With rebel groups closing in, embattled Ethiopian President Mengistu Haile Mariam has admitted his country is on the verge of collapse. Urging the people in an impassioned speech to Parliament on Thursday to rally and save the nation, Mengistu for the first time confirmed rebel reports of fierce fighting north of the capital, Addis Ababa, and the Red Sea province of Eritrea. "Citizens must realize . . .
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