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March 10, 1991
On page 4 of the Travel Section for Feb. 17, you have a very interesting item: "English is the official language in 63 countries, French in 40 and Spanish in 21." I am amazed that English is the language of 63 countries. Perhaps you could list the countries. GEORGE M. GRASTY Whittier Actually, depending on what one counts, there might be even more than 63. Does Great Britain, for example, count as one country or four: England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales?
February 16, 1990 | Associated Press
Argentina and Britain announced an agreement Thursday to restore full diplomatic ties, nearly eight years after they fought a 74-day war over the Falkland Islands, a sparsely populated archipelago off Argentina's coast in the South Atlantic Ocean. The announcement capped two days of talks here between Argentine and British officials. Britain agreed to lift by March 31 a 150-mile military protection zone enforced around the islands since Argentina invaded them in 1982.
April 9, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The funeral of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Britain's longest-serving leader of the 20th century, will be held in St. Paul's Cathedral on April 17, officials said Tuesday. Queen Elizabeth II and her husband, the Duke of Edinburgh, are expected to attend what will be the most elaborate funeral to be staged in London since the death of the queen's mother in 2002. It will be the first funeral of a prime minister that the queen will have attended since Winston Churchill's in 1965.
November 5, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Argentine President Raul Alfonsin assured President Reagan that his country will use words, not guns, to settle its latest dispute with Britain over the Falkland Islands, a top Argentine official said Tuesday.
March 15, 1988
Argentina has turned to the United Nations Security Council in its anger about British military exercises around the Falkland Islands--a move that demonstrates the continued commitment of Argentina's democratic government to a peaceful solution of the 155-year-old dispute. It is appropriate and also a reassurance that the lessons of the war, launched by Argentina's military rulers, have not been forgotten. Perhaps Britain will be able to justify these exercises when the council convenes.
January 3, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- In an open letter to British Prime Minister David Cameron, published as an advertisement in the Guardian and other newspapers Thursday, the president of Argentina demanded the return of the British-ruled Falkland Islands in the South Atlantic.   In the letter, copied to United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner called for a U.N. resolution to return the Malvinas, as they are known in Argentina, to...
June 18, 1991
In Great Britain, folks still call them the Falkland Islands, and in Argentina people still insist on calling them las Islas Malvinas-- and that's unlikely to change any time in the near future. London and Buenos Aires have had rival claims to the islands, 250 miles off the Argentine coast, since a British colony was established there in 1833. But that did not prevent the two nations from maintaining close, and often profitable, relations with each other for almost 150 years.
March 18, 2013 | By Henry Chu
ROME - He called her policies an “attack on God's plan.” She described him as “medieval.” But Pope Francis and President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, the leader of his native Argentina, kissed and made up Monday - literally - at a private meeting at the Vatican. “Never in my life has a pope kissed me!” Fernandez exclaimed after the encounter, during which she presented the pope with her own token of reconciliation: a mate gourd, which he can use to drink traditional Argentine tea. Fernandez was the first world leader to meet the new pontiff, who before his elevation last week was known as Jorge Mario Bergoglio, the archbishop of Buenos Aires.
March 9, 2008 | From the Associated Press
Francis Pym, an antagonist of former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher who served as her foreign secretary during the Falklands War, died Friday after a long illness, his family said. He was 86. Pym served two years as defense secretary during Thatcher's first term as prime minister. In 1982, while Britain was battling Argentina to keep control of the Falkland Islands, he was named foreign secretary after the resignation of Peter Carrington. Thatcher fired Pym after winning the 1983 election, and he became increasingly critical of her policies.
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