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October 28, 2012 | By Amy Kaufman
Sony Pictures is spying a hit in its latest James Bond film, as "Skyfall" debuted at No. 1 in 25 foreign countries this weekend. The film, starring Daniel Craig in the 23rd entry featuring 007, collected an impressive $77.7 million overseas this weekend, according to an estimate from Sony, which is distributing the film internationally. "Skyfall," financed by Sony and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer for just under $200 million, doesn't hit U.S. theaters until Nov. 9. Of the 25 international markets the film played in this weekend, it easily did best on Bond's home turf, the United Kingdom.
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December 18, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
WASHINGTON - A man with dual U.S. and Syrian citizenship was added to the FBI's most-wanted terrorists list Wednesday after eluding arrest for four years on charges of making at least three trips to Pakistan and Yemen to undergo jihad training to kill U.S. troops overseas. Ahmad Abousamra, who grew up in the Boston area and is believed to be hiding in Syria's largest city, Aleppo, has been sought since November 2009 on a federal arrest warrant issued in Boston. He is accused of conspiring to kill in a foreign country and providing material support to a terrorist organization.
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NEWS
January 21, 1989 | PAUL HOUSTON, Times Staff Writer
One of George Bush's first acts as President was to pick up his 2-year-old granddaughter, Marshall, and give her a hug as he entered the inaugural parade reviewing stand Friday. Marshall, shoeless in white tights, a dark blue dress with white lace collar and a white bow in her blond hair, promptly planted a kiss on the cheek of "Gampy," which is what 10 grandchildren call the new leader of the Free World.
OPINION
July 14, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
Prominent senators, the American Medical Assn., human rights activists and a federal judge agree: The force-feeding of more than 40 hunger strikers at the prison at Guantanamo Bay is a disgrace. What's more, it also appears to be a violation of prohibitions in international law against cruel, inhumane and degrading treatment. The process itself is disgusting: Food is forced through a 2-foot-long nasal tube down the throat and into the stomach while the prisoner is immobilized. It requires an enormous commitment of medical personnel: 140 Navy doctors, nurses and corpsmen, including 37 reinforcements dispatched in April to accommodate the spreading hunger strike.
BUSINESS
July 1, 2012 | By W.J. Hennigan, Los Angeles Times
Despite concerns about U.S.-made drones ending up in enemy hands, American military contractors are lobbying the government to loosen export restrictions and open up foreign markets to the unmanned aircraft that have reshaped modern warfare. Companies such as Northrop Grumman Corp.and other arms makers are eager to tap a growing foreign appetite for high-tech - and relatively cheap - drones, already being sold on the world market by countries such as Israel and China. "Export restrictions are hurting this industry in America without making us any safer," Wesley G. Bush, Northrop's chief executive, said at a defense conference this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 30, 2012
"The Avengers" is set to dominate the domestic box office next weekend with a massive opening of more than $150 million, but overseas the film's ticket sales are already soaring. The superhero action flick debuted in 39 foreign countries last week and has since raked in a phenomenal $178.4 million, according to an estimate from distributor Walt Disney Studios. By comparison, Universal Pictures' "Battleship" passed $170 million overseas this weekend after three weeks in international release.
TRAVEL
July 15, 1990 | PETER S. GREENBERG
Can you name the countries to which it is currently illegal for American citizens to travel? Cuba, Albania, North Korea, Libya, Cambodia, Nicaragua and Vietnam always seem to make most lists. How about Laos, Iran and Iraq? The correct answer is none of the above. The only country it is illegal for an American to visit (for the purpose of employment) is Lebanon. Surprised? Many people are when they discover that there are no U.S. government restrictions on travel to these countries.
SPORTS
July 26, 2001
Foreign countries most represented on WNBA rosters (16 countries have one player each): Australia 17 players Russia Eight Brazil Seven Yugoslavia Three Czech Republic Three Croatia Two Canada Two Portugal Two Source: WNBA
NEWS
May 2, 1992
A sampling of political cartoons from foreign countries, published following the verdicts in the Rodney G. King trial and the eruption of violence in Los Angeles.
NEWS
October 2, 1988
The President cannot prohibit humanitarian aid to foreign countries, a federal judge in Laredo, Tex., said in a ruling supporting a group that fought the government over plans to take vehicles filled with donated goods to Nicaragua. The Veterans Peace Convoy eventually was able to take 30 of the group's 38 vehicles across the border at Laredo last July. U.S. District Judge George P.
TRAVEL
June 16, 2013
Question: I am traveling to Germany and will stay five weeks. I have an iPhone 4 with service through AT&T. I would like to use my phone for calls, primarily within Germany, and sending and receiving text messages. Should I look for service in Germany? Should I buy a throwaway phone while there for calls and use my iPhone solely for sending and receiving text messages? Should I get international service? What is the least expensive program? Ira Lewon Thousand Oaks Answer: You've heard the horror stories about people who return to the U.S. and find they have a $1,400 phone bill?
ENTERTAINMENT
June 10, 2013 | By Joe Flint
WASHINGTON -- The cable industry's top lobbyist defended broadband in the United States against complaints that the country has fallen behind others in terms of speed and innovation. "America is home to the world's very best Internet companies," said Michael Powell, chief executive of the National Cable & Telecommunications Assn. at the lobbying group's annual convention here. "We have worked hard to reach everyone, and now offer service to 93% of American homes. " Comparisons to other countries, Powell said, are not fair.
BUSINESS
May 28, 2013 | Michael Hiltzik
Apple Inc.'s success at avoiding billions of dollars in U.S. taxes through some (apparently) legal maneuvers has tax pundits pointing their guns at the corporate tax system. The case has revived numerous hoary cures for the supposed evil of corporate taxes. The cures include abolishing the corporate tax altogether, turning it into a pure "territorial" system that taxes multinational firms only in proportion to the income generated within the United States, declaring a tax "holiday" allowing businesses to repatriate cash parked overseas (where it is taxed at vanishingly small rates, like Apple's)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 19, 2013 | By Jori Finkel
The heirs of the Budapest-based Jewish banker Baron Mor Lipot Herzog have cleared a major legal hurdle in their decades-long quest to force Hungary to return dozens of artworks from Herzog's collection that were looted during World War II. In 2010, Herzog's great-grandson David de Csepel of Altadena led his family in suing Hungary and three of its museums for the return of more than 40 artworks valued at $100 million, including masterpieces by...
BUSINESS
March 12, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
A bright spot in the local economy - tourism - continues to generate big numbers for Los Angeles County's hotels, restaurants and other hospitality businesses. Tourists spent $16.4 billion in 2012, most of it on lodging, food and drinks, according to a study commissioned by the Los Angeles Tourism & Convention Board. By comparison, the group said, tourists spent $15.4 billion in 2011. Tourism last year also generated more than $2 billion in state and local taxes, according to the study by Los Angeles economics research firm Micronomics.
OPINION
February 28, 2013
Re “ UAE to buy drones made in U.S. ,” Feb. 23 I am not sure why there is such a controversy about civilians getting killed accidentally by drones. What is the difference between that and civilians getting killed accidentally when we dropped bombs on munition factories in Germany in World War II (a declared war) or in Korea or Vietnam (undeclared wars), when military targets were targeted? Of course we were trying to kill soldiers and their leaders at times. It is unfortunate, but civilians are always hurt during wars, so why are drones different?
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10% increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The greatest increase in visitors and spending came from countries with a burgeoning middle class, including China, Brazil and India. Spending by foreign tourists has been on the rise for the last three years, with tourist hubs such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco reaping much of the spending, Blank said.
BUSINESS
February 22, 2013 | By Hugo Martín, Los Angeles Times
The U.S. continues to be a hot destination for big-spending tourists, setting a new record of $168.1 billion in foreign visitor spending in 2012. The country last year welcomed 66 million foreign visitors, whose spending represents a 10% increase over 2011, said Rebecca Blank, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Commerce. The greatest increase in visitors and spending came from countries with a burgeoning middle class, including China, Brazil and India. Spending by foreign tourists has been on the rise for the last three years, with tourist hubs such as Los Angeles, Las Vegas, New York and San Francisco reaping much of the spending, Blank said.
WORLD
November 28, 2012 | By Tracy Wilkinson, Richard Fausset and Brian Bennett, Los Angeles Times
MEXICO CITY - In the six years of outgoing President Felipe Calderon's war against drug gangs, the U.S. became a principal player in Mexico, sending drones and sniffer dogs, police trainers and intelligence agents to a country long suspicious of its powerful neighbor. Calderon, who steps down Saturday, essentially rewrote the rules under which foreign forces could act here in matters of national security. There has been relatively little public protest, reflecting the severity of a conflict that has killed tens of thousands nationwide and spread violence south into Central America - without significantly reducing the flow of drugs.
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