August 11, 2013
A worldwide travel alert issued Aug. 2 by the U.S. State Department warns Americans to be alert to "the continued potential for terrorist attacks, particularly in the Middle East and North Africa, and possibly occurring in or emanating from the Arabian Peninsula. " On July 25, the State Department issued a travel warning for Saudi Arabia, telling Americans "to fully consider the risks of traveling" to that country, citing security threats because of terrorist groups, "some affiliated with Al Qaeda, who may target Western interests.
August 5, 2013 |
Spain and Britain are launched into a new battle over Gibraltar following the Spanish foreign minister's threat to impose a hefty border-crossing fee on all vehicles entering or leaving the iconic British promontory at Spain's southern tip. The two European Union member states have engaged in wars of words and tit-for-tat provocations for decades. Spain claims as its own the territory affectionately known as "The Rock," despite the 1713 Treaty of Utrecht that recognizes British sovereignty.
June 27, 2012 |
Actually thought it couldn't get any worse did you? Silly. Snowballs pick up size and speed heading downhill, and right now the Dodgers are falling like Gibraltar is tied to their ankles. It's not bad enough that the Dodgers are in freefall in the National League West and can't hit Dee Gordon's weight. Now they are a team without a star position player. Because now Andre Ethier is out, and he figures to be for awhile. Ethier somehow strained his left oblique in the first inning Wednesday in San Francisco, left the game and will likely be placed on the disabled list Thursday.
April 22, 2007 |
Engineers have dreamt of it for a quarter-century: linking Europe and Africa across a strip of choppy water where the Atlantic flows into the Mediterranean. Now, after seemingly endless studies that turned up more than one nasty geological surprise, a project for a high-speed rail tunnel connecting the two very different continents is gathering momentum, raising the prospect of an engineering marvel on par with the Panama Canal or the Channel Tunnel between Britain and France.
October 22, 2006 |
As vacationing Europeans were baking on their southern beaches in August, Said Maarouf and a companion boarded a jet ski on the African side of the Strait of Gibraltar. They were dreaming of a new life in Spain, just half an hour away across the choppy water. He came back to his Moroccan hometown in a coffin. Mohammed, his friend and fellow migrant, is still missing at sea. A third man on the jet ski, an immigrant smuggler acting as their guide, also has disappeared.
September 20, 2006 |
Spain and Britain have reached a deal to resolve side issues stemming from their 300-year-old dispute over Gibraltar but sidestepped the main one -- their claims to sovereignty over the Rock at Spain's southern tip. A key aspect in the accord will open Gibraltar to commercial flights from Spain and the rest of Europe. An Anglo-Dutch fleet captured Gibraltar in 1704, and Spain ceded sovereignty to Britain in 1713 but has persistently sought its return.