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August 11, 1997 | From Reuters
Forces of Tajikistan's Interior Ministry commander, Sukhrob Kasimov, on Sunday seized a northern district of the capital from a rival warlord, witnesses said. A Reuters correspondent saw jubilant fighters, wearing green bandannas and waving automatic rifles, tearing around the district in private cars and on the backs of army trucks. Fighting that had broken out the day before had stopped.
June 15, 2005 | Sonni Efron, Times Staff Writer
Senate Republicans are calling on the Bush administration to reassess U.S. financial support for the International Committee of the Red Cross, charging that the group is using American funds to lobby against U.S. interests. The Senate Republican Policy Committee, which advances the views of the GOP Senate majority, said in a report that the international humanitarian organization had "lost its way" and veered from the impartiality on which its reputation was based.
August 23, 2009 | Washington Post
The U.S. military has agreed for the first time to provide information to the International Committee of the Red Cross about prisoners held in secret detention camps in Afghanistan and Iraq, but it will continue to deny the organization access to them, military officials said Saturday. The facilities are "short-term places" operated by U.S. Special Forces for newly captured suspected insurgents considered to have valuable information or to be serious threats, according to an official familiar with the subject who was not authorized to discuss it on the record.
May 29, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier
KABUL, Afghanistan -- In the second attack on a humanitarian organization in Afghanistan in less than a week, insurgents in Jalalabad struck the compound of the International Committee of the Red Cross on Wednesday, killing a security guard and wounding a member of the staff, police said. The attack occurred about 5:30 p.m. when two insurgents wearing explosive vests approached the compound, said Mohammad Sharif Amin, police chief of eastern Nangarhar province, where Jalalabad is located.
May 31, 2013 | By Hashmat Baktash and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - The International Committee of the Red Cross said Friday that it has temporarily suspended operations in Afghanistan after an attack this week in the eastern city of Jalalabad in which a security guard was killed and a staff member wounded. The closure comes as aid agencies across the war-torn country grow increasingly concerned about their ability to carry out humanitarian work after the withdrawal of foreign combat troops by the end of 2014. "Because of the incident in Jalalabad we suspended all our activities in Jalalabad and our offices are closed until further notice," Robin Waudo, a spokesman for the Red Cross in Afghanistan, said in a telephone interview.
January 18, 2010 | By Tracy Wilkinson and Joe Mozingo and Ken Ellingwood
Reporting from Port-Au-Prince, Haiti, and Mexico City -- Haitians bereft of homes and loved ones held Sunday prayers in the streets of their earthquake-ravaged capital while rescue workers continued digging in the ruins for something like a miracle. In front of the broken churches, which in some cases still harbored bodies, worshipers looked to powers beyond their grasp for help. "Don't pray for the dead," boomed Joel St. Amour, preaching outside the Evangelical Baptist Church. "Pray for the living."
When Greg Louganis hit his head on the diving board and spilled his blood into the pool at the 1988 Olympic Games, did he have an obligation to disclose to doctors who treated him and to other athletes using the pool that he was HIV-positive?
April 30, 1989 | GEORGE ESPER, Associated Press
The war was still raging that day 15 years ago when Vietnamese nuns heard the cries of a baby boy stuffed in a garbage can and took him inside their orphanage to raise. Today, Nguyen Thanh Binh, the son of a black American who went home and a Vietnamese mother who abandoned him, shares the plight of thousands of Amerasian youths languishing in the decay of Vietnam, desperately trying to get out and find their fathers. "My circumstances are miserable," says Lam Anh Hong, 18, whose mother gave her away to a relative.
Olympic track champion Florence Griffith Joyner was eulogized Saturday as a woman of great stamina and style who motivated countless young athletes with her speed and inspired her family with her grace and faith. "She just ran, and ran, and ran. She ran spectacular races," her former coach, Bob Kersee, told the crowd of 1,500 as he stood beneath an Olympic flag at Saddleback Community Church. "What was in her heart, every time she laced up her spikes, was Jesus." He added: "God is her coach now.
June 22, 2001
Mohamed Zerguini, 79, one of the longest-standing members of the International Olympic Committee and among those implicated in the Salt Lake City scandal, died Thursday in Algiers, the IOC announced. Zerguini had been an IOC member since 1974, making him the eighth longest-serving delegate in the organization, which currently has 122 members. Born in Constantine, Algiers, Zerguini was a former colonel in the Algerian army, as well as a minister and ambassador.
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