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July 24, 2013 | By Julie Makinen
BEIJING - After years of building massive and lavish new government office buildings - including ones inspired by the White House, Versailles and the U.S. Capitol - China is saying enough is enough. Central authorities have issued a five-year moratorium on the construction of new government offices, training centers and hotels, the latest step in a frugality drive that also includes cutbacks on banquets, travel and other perks for bureaucrats. According to the State Council, China's cabinet, the new policy issued late Tuesday is important for “building a clean government and … maintaining the image of the Communist Party.
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February 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Gunmen early Thursday captured the parliament and Cabinet buildings in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea, an official said. Ukraine lawmaker and Crimea native Andrei Semchenko told The Times that two units of gunmen struck about 5:30 a.m. He described the men as wearing camouflage clothing and "armed to the teeth, including heavy machine guns. " “They used a couple of stun grenades to break in and pushed the police guards stationed inside out into the street," Semchenko said.
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February 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Gunmen early Thursday captured the parliament and Cabinet buildings in Simferopol, the capital of Ukraine's autonomous republic of Crimea, an official said. Ukraine lawmaker and Crimea native Andrei Semchenko told The Times that two units of gunmen struck about 5:30 a.m. He described the men as wearing camouflage clothing and "armed to the teeth, including heavy machine guns. " “They used a couple of stun grenades to break in and pushed the police guards stationed inside out into the street," Semchenko said.
WORLD
February 18, 2014 | By Paul Richter
PARIS - Tunisia's embattled government has approached the Obama administration with a request for security assistance, Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Tuesday. Kerry, who made a brief visit to Tunis, the capital, said at a news conference that U.S. officials were weighing a request after Tunisia's president and prime minister “emphasized to me the importance of security at this point in time.” Tunisia has been winning high praise from American and other Western officials for its progress in assembling a democratic system.
WORLD
January 27, 2010 | By Liz Sly and Raheem Salman
A suicide bomber plowed an explosives-laden vehicle into an Interior Ministry building in central Baghdad on Tuesday, killing 21 people and wounding more than 80 in an attack that raised fear that extremists are escalating a campaign of bombings aimed at destabilizing the government. The attack came a day after bombings at three major Baghdad hotels in which 37 people died. Though the capital has seen coordinated multiple bombings several times, it has become rare for suicide attackers to strike two days in a row. The latest attack targeted a building housing a forensic laboratory and fit a pattern of recent bombings at government institutions and high-profile landmarks as tension rises before pivotal national elections scheduled for March.
WORLD
June 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Nearly 1,000 people looted government warehouses in East Timor's capital, Dili, loading trucks with computers, office chairs, car parts and even musical instruments. Many of the looters had been waiting for rice handouts and became angry after realizing a warehouse containing the food relief had been emptied. At least 28 people have died and more than 100 have been wounded in violence sparked by the dismissal of 600 soldiers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 29, 2010 | By Shane Goldmacher, Los Angeles Times
Opponents of the controversial sale of two dozen state government buildings won a significant victory Tuesday, when the state Supreme Court declined to hear a last-minute plea by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to approve the deal. The decision does not officially kill the sale; a state appeals court has scheduled a hearing on the case next month. But the Supreme Court's decision ensures that final approval must be made by Gov.-elect Jerry Brown, not Schwarzenegger, who has been the transaction's biggest booster.
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December 11, 2010 | By Maria L. La Ganga, Los Angeles Times
A San Francisco judge refused Friday to halt the controversial sale of two dozen government buildings, clearing the way for what the Schwarzenegger administration describes as a much-needed infusion of revenue to shore up the ailing state budget. Superior Court Judge Charlotte Woolard ruled that the two men who opposed the sell-off ? which they described as a waste of taxpayer money ? have no standing to sue the state to stop the transaction. Outside Woolard's courtroom, a spokesman for the Department of General Services, which is conducting the $2.3-billion sale, said the state is "very satisfied with the judge's ruling" and would work to close escrow as planned on Wednesday.
NEWS
May 16, 1990
Guards surrounded government buildings in the secessionist republic of Estonia today after Soviet loyalists converged on Parliament in what the prime minister called a failed "coup attempt." Lawmakers in neighboring Lithuania began a closed-door debate on new proposals designed to end an impasse with Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev. Calm was reported in all three Baltic republics.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 22, 2005 | Christian Berthelsen, Times Staff Writer
Orange County officials have come up with an unusual plan to get cheap electricity for the offices at the Santa Ana Civic Center -- make it themselves and save the county government $4 million to $5 million a year. The project would serve the county Hall of Administration, the Superior Court, the federal office building and other government buildings. County supervisors are scheduled to vote on a financing plan for the project today.
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January 27, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine -- Opposition leaders emerged from four hours of talks with Ukraine's president late Monday offering little comment to reporters or their supporters amid almost no sign of progress in negotiations. Justice Minister Olena Lukash said the two sides had reached a "conceptual agreement" on a measure granting amnesty to detained protesters. She said parliament would vote on the bill Tuesday, the UNIAN news agency reported. However, President Viktor Yanukovich reportedly imposed as conditions that all government buildings recently seized by the protesters be surrendered and roads and squares occupied by protesters be cleared of barricades and tents.
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January 21, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams
Thai officials proclaimed a state of emergency Tuesday to contain increasingly violent anti-government protesters trying to oust Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra and derail an election she has called. The 60-day emergency state gives the government sweeping powers to impose curfews, ban public gatherings, censor news media and arrest people without charges or warrants, news agencies reported in Bangkok, the capital. Yingluck's embattled government needs the emergency measure " to take care of the situation ," said Deputy Prime Minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul, the Bangkok Post reported.
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January 7, 2014 | By Richard Fausset and Cecilia Sanchez
MEXICO CITY - Vigilantes who took over the main government building of a small Mexican city in Michoacan state after a weekend shootout with suspected criminals were refusing to release 11 police officers held as prisoners, officials said Tuesday. Michoacan, an important agricultural state in southwestern Mexico, has seen a number of armed “self-defense” groups spring up in recent months with the purported aim of protecting residents from the powerful drug cartel known as the Knights Templar.
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December 27, 2013 | By Nabih Bulos, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details.
AMMAN, Jordan -- A heavy blast rocked central Beirut on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 70 others, according to the Lebanese Health Ministry. A former government minister was among the dead, his political faction said. Plumes of black smoke billowed into the air, and television images showed scenes of blazing wreckage and scattered debris. The dead former minister was identified as Mohamad Chatah, according to his Future Movement political faction.
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December 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the note below for details.
KIEV, Ukraine -- Protesters blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev on Monday and declared a general strike as Ukraine's most serious political crisis since the Orange Revolution of 2005 reached the country's far-flung regions and towns. Hundreds of opposition activists surrounded the Council of Ministers building, parking several lines of cars in strategic spots around it and blocking doors and gates with lines of people waving blue-and-yellow national flags.
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December 2, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
KIEV, Ukraine - President Viktor Yanukovich appeared to give ground Monday in the face of massive demonstrations that threatened to hobble his government, seeking to reopen talks with the European Union about forging a closer economic relationship. As protesters declared a general strike and blocked access to the government's headquarters in central Kiev, Yanukovich spoke by phone with European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso to ask whether Ukraine could send a delegation to discuss a previously scuttled free trade agreement, the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported.
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October 10, 2001 | CATHERINE SAILLANT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Reinforced concrete barriers will be placed around Ventura County Jail, shatterproof office windows will be installed at the Government Center and the Sheriff's Department will double its intelligence-gathering staff to help guard against terrorist attacks. Ventura County Sheriff Bob Brooks outlined these added security measures in a presentation Tuesday to the Board of Supervisors.
BUSINESS
December 18, 2006 | Don Lee, Times Staff Writer
VISITORS to the Tanggu district administrative offices are greeted by common watchwords plastered inside some public buildings: honesty, transparency, efficiency. Once they pass through security, though, they're often surprised to find government officials working out in the gym, splashing in the Olympic-size swimming pool, playing cards in the game parlor, shooting pool or getting facials at the salon. "When I first went into the government building, I thought I entered the wrong gate.
NATIONAL
November 13, 2013 | By Michael Muskal
Police in Medford, Ore., said they were searching for a person possibly connected to an improvised bomb that ignited and partially exploded Wednesday morning, damaging the building housing the Jackson County prosecutor's office. In a video posted by the Medford Mail Tribune, police spokesman Lt. Mike Budreau said the device shattered windows and damaged the outside of the building. No one was injured in the explosion that could have been much more deadly, he said. “I think that it's safe to assume that had this bomb went off as it was intended to, it would have most likely destroyed most of the building, and we believe that was the intent of the suspect,” Budreau said.
WORLD
September 2, 2013 | Tracy Wilkinson and Richard Fausset
When President Enrique Pena Nieto delivers his first state of the union message Monday, he won't leave home to do it. The unusual venue -- his residence, Los Pinos -- is replacing the more traditional spot, the presidential National Palace, because striking teachers have laid siege to the plaza surrounding it. Government officials and invited dignitaries would have a tough time reaching the palace. Nine months into Pena Nieto's presidency, not everything is going quite according to his well-choreographed, carefully hyped plans.
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