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WORLD
August 29, 2009 | Barbara Demick
Thousands of refugees from Myanmar have poured across the border into China in recent weeks amid troubling signs that a 20-year cease-fire between ethnic minorities and Myanmar's military rulers might be unraveling. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said as many as 30,000 people had fled fighting in Myanmar; sources on the Chinese side of the border put the figure at 5,000 to 10,000. Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu in a statement Friday urged the Myanmar government to "safeguard the regional stability of its bordering area with China."
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HEALTH
August 17, 2009 | Shari Roan
Sean Delshad, 19, probably could have found more enjoyable things to do on a breezy Sunday afternoon. But instead he was waiting his turn at Sinai Temple -- along with dozens of other members of Los Angeles' large Persian Jewish community -- to undergo genetic testing. The UCLA student deposited a few drops of saliva in a tube handed to him by a doctor and, in four to six weeks, he'll learn whether he carries gene mutations for four disorders that are especially prevalent among Persian Jews.
BUSINESS
July 28, 2009 | Rich Connell
Latino unemployment in California, which has been rising rapidly, reached 15.7% in the quarter ending June 30, exceeding African American joblessness for the first time in the current economic downturn, according to a new analysis. The state's Latino unemployment is projected to hit nearly 18% a year from now, said the report released Monday by the Economic Policy Institute, a Washington think tank.
WORLD
July 9, 2009 | David Pierson and Barbara Demick
In an escalating campaign to stamp out ethnic violence, Chinese forces Wednesday saturated the northwestern city of Urumqi, helicopters dropped leaflets urging calm, and the local Communist Party boss warned of the death penalty for rioters convicted of killings. "We're determined to maintain social stability," said Urumqi's party chief, Li Zhi, at a news conference. "To those who committed crimes with cruel means, we will execute them."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 20, 2009 | Cathleen Decker
In the state's continuing political battles over gay marriage, both sides are targeting Latino voters, and a new Los Angeles Times poll illustrates why. Overall, the poll showed a majority of voters in Los Angeles support the right of same-sex couples to legally marry, with 56% in favor and 37% opposed. That finding closely tracked results of November's election, when Proposition 8, which limited marriage to a man and a woman, won statewide but lost in Los Angeles.
WORLD
June 10, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
In Nigeria's oil-rich Niger River Delta, where Royal Dutch Shell has a tense relationship with communities, activists Tuesday welcomed the company's agreement to pay $15.5 million to settle a lawsuit that accused it of complicity in the 1995 executions of environmental and human rights advocates. But the activists saw it as a starting point, not the end of the struggle of the Ogoni people and other communities in the region for compensation over Shell's activities.
WORLD
May 6, 2009 | Reuters
Iraqi soldiers killed a Sunni Arab fighter from a U.S.-allied local militia unit Tuesday and arrested his brother, Iraqi police said. Basim Mohammed was shot during a raid in Abu Ghraib, a predominantly Sunni district on the western outskirts of Baghdad, a police source in the district said. The official, who declined to be named, did not say what charges Mohammed or his brother may have been facing.
OPINION
April 20, 2009
Re "Barbershop aftershocks," editorial, April 10 I must respond to your editorial about Moreno Valley's actions in the wake of inspections of African American-owned barbershops in our city. We did indeed respond to the community's concerns about the inspections. The mayor at the time was Bill Batey, who is African American. Immediately after the barbershops were inspected, Mayor Batey met with the Moreno Valley Black Chamber of Commerce president. What's more, letters were mailed to every barbershop and cosmetology shop in Moreno Valley inviting owner/operators to a public meeting where the mayor answered questions and addressed barbers' concerns.
BUSINESS
April 3, 2009 | Nathan Olivarez-Giles
A local Latino business group launched Thursday, calling itself "the go-to organization" for companies wanting to tap into the Obama administration's stimulus package. And although most agree there's room for another group advocating for Latino-owned businesses, there is debate over what the Latino Business Chamber of Greater Los Angeles will do that isn't already being done.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 2, 2009 | My-Thuan Tran
Three years ago, Madison Nguyen became the fresh new face of Vietnamese American politics, an upward-bound city politician in San Jose. She was splashed on magazine covers; the chosen one who seemingly held the hopes of the city's emerging Vietnamese community. Now she is in a fight for her political career, targeted by Vietnamese Americans who believe she has betrayed them. Voters will decide on Tuesday whether to unseat the 34-year-old councilwoman.
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