April 6, 2008 |
For 5,000 years, great tongues of ice have spread over the 3-mile-high slopes of Puncak Jaya, in the most remote reaches of this remote tropical island. Now those glaciers are melting, and Lonnie Thompson must get there before they're gone. To the American glaciologist, the ancient ice is a vanishing "archive" of the story of El Nino, the equatorial phenomenon driving much of the world's climate. More than that, the little-explored glaciers are a last unknown for a mountaineering scientist who for three decades has circled the planet pioneering the deep-drilling of ice cores, both to chronicle the history of climate and to bear witness to the death of tropical glaciers from global warming.
March 23, 2008 |
The Japanese fighter caught the American pilot from behind, riddling his plane with machine-gun rounds. The left engine burst into flames. It was time to bail out. He yanked the release lever but the cockpit canopy only half-opened. He unbuckled his seat belt, rose to shake the canopy loose and was instantly sucked out. Swinging beneath his open parachute, he plunged toward a Pacific island jungle of thick, towering eucalyptus trees, crocodile rivers and headhunters, into enemy territory, and into an unimagined future as a hero, "Suara Auru," Chief Warrior, to generations of islanders yet unborn.
January 2, 2008 |
Two sailors were found dead in a hotel room in the West African nation of Ghana, the U.S. Navy said. It said the circumstances surrounding the deaths and the cause were not immediately clear. The sailors, whose identities had not been released, were stationed aboard the dock landing ship Fort McHenry, which is on a seven-month voyage through the Gulf of Guinea aimed in part at training local militaries in maritime security. They were found dead in their room at a hotel in Tema, where they had taken time off, the Navy said in a statement
October 28, 2007 |
Eric Sanders is a couch potato's dream. "Get paid to watch TV," Sanders tells visitors outside the Test America Preview Studios at the Miracle Mile Shops. "Ten dollars or free wax-museum tickets!" he continues. All Sanders and his fellow recruiters ask in return is about an hour of a visitor's time and his or her opinions.
February 25, 2007 |
Martial law ended overnight, and there were fewer soldiers on the streets of the capital, Conakry, but many residents fear trouble this week after the army ordered an end to a nationwide strike. Union leaders say President Lansana Conte is unfit to govern and have initiated strikes to force concessions from him.
February 18, 2007 |
Unions called off talks with the government aimed at ending protests in which more than 120 people have died, saying they would not negotiate until President Lansana Conte lifted martial law. Union leaders had been due to meet senior government officials amid growing international calls for Conte to end his 5-day-old state of emergency and negotiate a political settlement with unions opposed to his 23-year rule. The U.N. allocated $2.
February 14, 2007 |
Guinea's military enforced draconian martial law measures across the West African nation, quashing protests and arresting people who broke curfew to halt a revolt against President Lansana Conte. At least two people were killed in the northern town of Labe when soldiers opened fire on protesters, witnesses said. The U.S. government said it would airlift some American citizens out of the riot-torn country.
February 13, 2007 |
President Lansana Conte declared a state of emergency in Guinea, saying he had ordered the army to "take all necessary measures" to restore order after three days of violent protests. At least 27 people have been killed. The West African country's major trade unions called for Conte to step down. The violence started Saturday after Conte appointed a close ally prime minister. The move angered many, who said he had sidestepped a power-sharing agreement.
January 28, 2007 |
Union leaders called off an 18-day general strike after completing an agreement with the government to appoint a consensus prime minister and reduce the prices of fuel and rice. The strike, which has left at least 59 people dead and brought this West African nation to an economic standstill, was one of the biggest challenges yet to President Lansana Conte's government.
November 19, 2006
WEALTHY MALIBU residents may not realize it, but they have an unusual new neighbor. Mel, Cher, Barbra -- meet Teodoro, heir apparent to one of the most corrupt and repressive regimes in Africa. Earlier this year, Teodoro Nguema Obiang Mangu, eldest son of President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Mbasogo of Equatorial Guinea, bought a $35-million Malibu mansion complete with ocean views, pool and a four-hole golf course.