May 2, 2011 |
Electronic surveillance of officials at the highest levels of political power lies at the heart of a rift between Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, a source close to Tehran's conservative leadership told The Times. Intense mistrust of Ahmadinejad's closest aide, Esfandiar Rahim Mashaei, put him in the sights of the nation's spy services, the source said, triggering a sequence of events that has humiliated and weakened Ahmadinejad after Khamenei reversed a presidential decision to fire the nation's intelligence minister, Heydar Moslehi.
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April 8, 2011 |
A federal prosecutor told jurors in the Barry Bonds perjury trial Thursday that the former San Francisco Giant lied under oath to protect a "powerful secret," but Bonds' lawyers countered that the government relentlessly pursued the home run king because he refused to be intimidated and "subservient. " After several hours of closing arguments, a jury of eight women and four men received the case. Jurors met briefly and then decided to return for deliberations at 8:30 a.m. Friday.
February 26, 2011 |
His hands thick, the color of pewter, he bends steel rods in the city dust. "It's different being an Egyptian after the revolution," says Mohammed Mahmoud, sweating at the edge of a construction site. A boy laborer nods. A flash of metal brightens the dirt. "We gained our dignity back. " The revolts shaking North Africa and the Middle East are about many things, but the most potent is a yearning for respect after decades of repression and promises betrayed. Men like Mahmoud don't see the world in ideologies; they want to draw their pay and build their dreams.
February 3, 2011 |
He glances over his shoulder. Not here, he says. In the shopping center across the street, there's a cafe downstairs. He picks out a table in the far corner, behind a pillar, to shield his face from security cameras, as jumpy as a fugitive. Except that Najib, 32, is a member of Tunisia's state security forces. During the protests that toppled President Zine el Abidine ben Ali, he was ordered to put on a helmet, hold up a shield and baton, and stand against his own people.
November 28, 2010 |
European officials rescued their second country in seven months Sunday, offering financially strapped Ireland a bailout package worth $113 billion in a bid to shore up confidence in the battered euro. Dublin quickly accepted the emergency lifeline, hoping to calm anxious investors ahead of the opening of international markets Monday. The move was a humiliating climb-down for the Irish government, which had insisted for weeks that it did not need outside help to deal with its crushing public debt and decimated banking sector.
September 19, 2010 |
Pope Benedict XVI expressed his sorrow Saturday for abuses committed by Roman Catholic priests, saying that unspeakable crimes had brought "shame and humiliation" on the church as a whole. In the latest in a string of such audiences, the pontiff also met privately with several victims of abuse even as thousands of protesters marched through the British capital to highlight the scandal over pedophile priests and to blast the Vatican's stand on homosexuality, the ordination of women and the use of condoms to fight the spread of AIDS.
July 30, 2010 |
What do you get when you combine a swell French comedy concept, a top American comedy director and two of the best comedy actors around? Against all reason and expectation, the result is a distinctly unfunny film. That would be "Dinner for Schmucks," starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd and directed by Jay Roach. The film's noticeable lack of laughs is as baffling as its choice of a once-taboo Yiddish word for its title. Certainly Carell and Rudd, who've worked together in "The 40-Year-Old Virgin" and "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," are actors who know their way around humor.
March 10, 2010 |
The most expensive soccer team ever assembled, a team with a record nine European championships, a team that features the world's highest-paid player, fell flat on its face Wednesday night in front of its own disbelieving and ultimately angry fans. Real Madrid, watched by a sellout crowd at its home Santiago Bernabeu stadium — the same stadium that will stage the European Champions League final May 22 — was knocked out of the competition. The humiliation could not have been more complete.
February 7, 2010
Up next AT USC Feb. 14, 7 p.m., Prime Ticket The Trojans humiliated the Bruins, 67-46, on Jan. 16. UCLA shot only 33% in that game and was outrebounded, 37-22. USC has swept UCLA only four times since 1942, the last being in 2004 -- Chris Foster
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December 17, 2009 |
A Los Angeles psychiatrist agreed to have his medical license placed on probation last month after the Medical Board of California alleged he had controlling and improper relationships with two adult patients, a brother and sister. In an accusation filed by the Medical Board of California, the state agency that disciplines doctors accused Dr. Norman J. Lachman, 68, of Los Angeles, of striking and humiliating the brother -- including forcing the man to buy dog food, which he threatened to make him eat. In addition, the state alleged that Lachman had "very discomforting" sessions with the sister, telling her she was a "hot tamale" and instructing her to stop attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings even though she had a drinking problem.