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November 12, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos
AMMAN, Jordan -- During Syria's lengthy civil war, opposition activists have made social media a crucial front in a furious propaganda battle, posting web pages and online videos touting their cause. Now, with the bloody conflict in its third year and no end in sight, many Syrians are heading online to vent their frustrations with the so-called Geneva 2 peace process, mired in seemingly perpetual postponement mode as opposition elements bicker about whether to attend. For many Syrians, humor appears the best way to vent their disillusionment.
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March 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - As indications mounted that Syrian President Bashar Assad will seek reelection, the government lashed out Friday at a United Nations mediator who said an election could doom U.N.-sponsored peace talks meant to end the 3-year-old civil war. Syria's top official spokesman charged that Lakhdar Brahimi, the U.N. and Arab League peace envoy, had "overstepped" his duties by saying that Syria's apparent plans to forge ahead with an election despite...
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February 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - Syrian peace talks in Geneva were at an impasse Friday as Russian and U.S. diplomats exchanged barbs about the deadlock, while in Syria, government troops appeared set for a new offensive against a rebel stronghold. Negotiators for Russian ally Syria and the U.S.-backed opposition bloc conceded that there had been no progress in the second installment of Geneva peace negotiations, which were frozen in a standoff about the future of Syrian President Bashar Assad. In Syria, government forces were reported to be massing for an assault against the rebel-held town of Yabroud, in the mountainous Qalamoun area near the Lebanese border.
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March 14, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Nabih Bulos
BEIRUT -- Syrian lawmakers Thursday approved revisions to the nation's electoral law amid mounting indications that President Bashar Assad plans to run for a new seven-year term. Assad, whose current mandate ends in July, has frequently hinted that he would seek reelection under the terms of a new constitution approved in 2012. The Syrian parliament has been modifying the nation's election law in accordance with the new constitution, though no date has yet been set for elections.
NEWS
November 18, 1985 | United Press International
The wife of imprisoned dissident Anatoly Shcharansky stood before a sign reading "Human Rights Lead to Arms Control--Free Soviet Jewry" and vowed Sunday to press a Soviet emigration campaign during the superpower summit. Avital Shcharansky, arriving 48 hours before the summit between Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev and President Reagan, said she met briefly with U.S. national security adviser Robert C. McFarlane in a hotel but hoped to arrange a formal session.
NEWS
June 22, 1993
Bosnia-Herzegovina's Serb and Croat leaders, whose forces together occupy more than 90% of the country, met over the weekend to discuss details of its division into three pieces, hoping to present the Muslim-led government with a fait accompli at peace talks that resume in Geneva today. Thwarted by rebel Serbs in their bid to bring peace to Bosnia by dividing it into 10 provinces, Western mediators are now pressing the Sarajevo government to agree to the three-way split.
NEWS
August 11, 1992
The U.N. Human Rights Commission will take up alleged abuses in Bosnia-Herzegovina during a two-day session beginning Thursday as international concern continues to mount over carnage in the former Yugoslavia. Morris B. Abram, who was a prosecutor at the Nuremberg Nazi war crimes trials and who is now U.S. ambassador to the commission, requested the inquiry, saying: "The atrocities in former Yugoslavia are events I never thought we would have to revisit."
NEWS
December 22, 1992
The United Nations will launch a new effort to rescue Africa from poverty when Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali on Monday presides over the first meeting of the "New Agenda for the Development of Africa in the '90s." The meeting at U.N. headquarters in this Swiss city will include African leaders, World Bank executives and U.N. officials. It is designed to provide advice on how to nurture not only free-market economic systems but also democratic governments.
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August 2, 1994
United Nations Secretary General Boutros Boutros-Ghali meets today with ambassadors and aid specialists from U.N. states in a special, one-day appeal to raise money for the Rwandan refugee crisis. U.N. agencies and private humanitarian organizations say they need $435 million to cover the costs of coping with the displaced Rwandan population through the end of the year. Roughly half the country's 7 million people have fled an internal blood bath that began last April.
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June 17, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Deal and Travel Blogger
If you have a hankering for a club sandwich in Geneva, expect to pay $30.45. Hungry in New Delhi? You'll fork over $9.11. Those are the results of the Club Sandwich Index . It's the second year the online booking site Hotels.com has created the index, which compares a number of cities' average cost of the chicken, bacon, egg, lettuce and mayonnaise sandwich as a cost-of-living indicator for travelers. Paris, Oslo and Stockholm came in second, third and fourth at $27.45, 26.72 and $23.12, respectively, and New York's price of $17.51 ranked 13th of the 28 locations surveyed.
AUTOS
March 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Though some may consider Infiniti's 560-horsepower Q50 Eau Rouge concept the spawn of Satan, it turns out that the all-wheel-drive sedan is actually closer to the spawn of Godzilla. That's the nickname of Nissan's current GT-R supercar. When the Japanese automaker went looking for a powertrain to breathe some excitement into its luxury brand's Q50, the GT-R's twin-turbocharged V-6 was a perfect fit. “Building on the extremely positive feedback on the Q50 Eau Rouge at its recent Detroit Auto Show launch, we decided to further whet the appetite of performance sports sedan fans by engineering this powerful heart into our blood-red beast,” Johan de Nysschen, president of Infiniti, said in a statement announcing the Eau Rouge at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday.
AUTOS
March 5, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Jaguar put months of rumors and speculation to rest Tuesday, confirming at the Geneva Motor Show that it is indeed developing an all-new compact sedan called the XE. The rear-wheel-drive sports sedan will target the likes of the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Audi A4, Cadillac ATS, Lexus IS and Infiniti Q50. Jaguar hopes the new XE will follow in its competitor's footsteps and be a volume-selling model for a brand keen on dramatically increasing...
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
At least it's not called the Bindo. Maserati used Tuesday's Geneva Motor Show to debut a new concept sports car called the Alfieri. The sleek, two-door coupe is named after one of the Maserati brothers who founded the company a century ago. Bindo was his older brother. Naming issues aside, the Alfieri is a compelling concept, for two reasons. PHOTOS: Maserati Alfieri concept First, it's a look at a new model that could very well reach production in the near future.
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Seeking to recapture the design chutzpah of the original TT coupe, Audi unveiled the all-new third-generation model Monday night ahead of its Geneva Motor Show debut. This compact, two-door sports car was first introduced in 1998, and its simple geometric curves won Audi and its designers plenty of accolades. Yet the second-generation released in 2007 fell victim to a more watered-down look that matched its watered-down performance. Sales were correspondingly weak: Audi sold just 2,053 TT models in the United States in 2013, down from 2,226 the previous year.
AUTOS
March 4, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
This Jeep's been studying abroad. The hardy American brand -- owned by Italian automaker Fiat -- used Tuesday's 2014 Geneva Motor Show to unveil the all-new 2015 Renegade compact crossover SUV. The small, boxy crossover will slot below Jeep's popular, budget-oriented Patriot in terms of size. But expect it to target a more premium buyer who might also look at quirky models like the Kia Soul or Nissan Juke. PHOTOS: Jeep's all-new Renegade "The all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade expands the brand's portfolio and targets the rapidly expanding small SUV segment around the globe," Mike Manley, Jeep's chief executive, said in a statement announcing the vehicle.
AUTOS
February 28, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
A slightly less mini Mini will be making its world debut at the upcoming Geneva Motor Show, the automaker announced this week. Mini will use its Tuesday news conference to debut the Clubman Concept. This thoroughly refreshed hatchback -- now sporting four full doors -- is very close to what the production model will look like when it debuts this year. "The Mini Clubman Concept shows how the Mini Clubman could be taken a step further: more interior space, a greater sense of high-end quality and yet still clever, bold and distinctive,” Adrian van Hooydonk, head of BMW Group design, said in a statement announcing the concept.
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November 16, 1985 | STANLEY MEISLER, Times Staff Writer
This is a small, wealthy, Calvinist city whose people like to think of themselves as worldly but who are fretting these days over the large numbers of foreigners living in their midst. This worry has kept the attention of the Genevese away from the U.S.-Soviet summit meeting in the past few weeks and on local elections, in which immigrants have been an issue.
SPORTS
September 19, 1987 | From Times Wire Services
Tomas Smid of Czechoslovakia upset fourth-seeded Guillermo Perez-Roldan of Argentina, 6-2, 7-6, Friday to reach the semifinals of a $231,000 tournament at Geneva. Perez-Roldan, 17, the 1985 French Open junior champion, is ranked No. 20 in the world. Smid is ranked No. 37. In today's semifinals, the unseeded Smid, who won at Geneva in 1985, will face top-seeded Andres Gomez of Ecuador, who defeated Thierry Tulasne of France, 7-6, 6-4.
AUTOS
February 27, 2014 | By David Undercoffler
Volvo will use next week's Geneva Motor Show to debut the last in a trio of stunning concept cars that point to the brand's design direction in the very near future. The Swedish-by-heritage, Chinese-by-ownership automaker announced Thursday that it will unveil the two-door Concept Estate station wagon on March 4. It follows in the footsteps of the Concept Coupe that debuted at the Frankfurt Auto Show in September 2013, and the Concept XC Coupe that Volvo displayed at January's Detroit Auto Show.
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