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WORLD
June 8, 2006 | Abukar Albadri and Robyn Dixon, Special to The Times
Islamist leaders newly in control of this city offered Wednesday to hold talks with the country's transitional government, a move some analysts said could provide the first hope of stability after 15 years of anarchy. But the streets of Mogadishu bristled with tense, heavily armed militiamen on edge over any attempt at a counteroffensive by an alliance of rival warlords reportedly backed by the United States.
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NEWS
March 13, 2002 | ANN M. SIMMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
As vote-counting in Zimbabwe's bitterly contested presidential election got underway Tuesday, allegations of misconduct continued to undermine the credibility of the poll. Opposition politicians, local election observers and foreign political analysts charged that the government of longtime President Robert Mugabe had used every trick in the book to try to maintain its grip on power, indicating that no matter what the outcome, it would never concede defeat.
WORLD
September 6, 2008 | Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writer
The American presidential race and a genocide investigation by the International Criminal Court are propelling Sudanese officials to renew efforts to strike a deal with the U.S. aimed at normalizing relations and improving stability in the volatile Darfur region. Many in the Khartoum government fear frosty U.S.-Sudanese relations could worsen under the next U.S. president. Sen. Joe Biden, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, has called for American military intervention in Darfur.
WORLD
February 24, 2006 | Maggie Farley and Ken Silverstein, Times Staff Writers
Three top Sudanese officials, including one regarded as a key U.S.ally in the war on terrorism, are under consideration for sanctions over the conflict in Darfur, according to a confidential U.N. document. The list of 17 people includes Salah Abdallah Gosh, the Sudanese security and intelligence chief who has been a valuable counter-terrorism asset to the United States. The Bush administration has reportedly pushed to keep his name off the list.
WORLD
August 17, 2009 | Robyn Dixon
For most of her recent African tour, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton sounded much like any visiting foreign official, male or female. Except in Congo. When Clinton ignored security advice and flew to Goma, in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo, her focus on the region's rape crisis resonated with some of the continent's most powerless people: women. It wasn't just that she was the first top-level American official to go to the epicenter of one of the world's deadliest wars, nor even the U.S. aid money she promised.
ENTERTAINMENT
April 29, 2009 | TINA DAUNT
Bono has a well-deserved reputation for speaking out on injustice, so imagine his surprise Tuesday when the nation's justices spoke out against him. Justice Antonin Scalia -- the go-to writer when the U.S. Supreme Court's conservative majority wants to punch up the judicial dialogue -- counted U2's lead singer among "the foul-mouthed glitteratae from Hollywood."
ENTERTAINMENT
July 17, 2011
Words & Ideas Compiled by Grace Krilanovich. SUNDAY Paul Malmont : The author of "The Astounding, the Amazing and the Unknown" will read and sign his new novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 4 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. MONDAY Michelle Ray : The author of "Falling for Hamlet" will read and sign her debut novel. Book Soup, 8818 W. Sunset Blvd., West Hollywood. 7 p.m. Free. (310) 659-3110. TUESDAY Colleen Morton Busch and Stephen H. Pyne : Aloud at Central Library presents a conversation with Busch, a Zen student and author ("Fire Monks: Zen Mind Meets Wildfire at the Gates of Tassajara")
ENTERTAINMENT
December 14, 2007 | TINA DAUNT
THE dinner at a chic rambling apartment along the grounds of the Villa Borghese (the Eternal City's eternal equivalent of Beverly Hills) started at 9:45 p.m., early by Italian standards. The hosts -- two Californians spending a year in Rome -- knew their guests had a busy day ahead.
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January 10, 2011 | By Rebecca Keegan, Los Angeles Times
George Clooney would like to bring a bit of Hollywood to one of the most remote and tense regions in Africa. Not red carpets and swag bags but the cold, intrusive, constant eye of a camera. "You can go on Google Earth and Google my house," said the actor. "I thought, if that's the way it is and they're gonna be able to Google my house, then people who are committing war crimes, specifically the government of Sudan, should be able to enjoy the same level of celebrity that I do. These people are public figures, and we're gonna take their pictures.
WORLD
May 4, 2009 | Edmund Sanders
What if the conflict many call the "first genocide of the 21st century" weren't one at all? In the United States, many see the six-year war in Darfur as a bloody campaign by a Sudanese Arab-dominated government against rebellious "African" tribes in western Sudan. Two consecutive American presidents and several activist groups have defined it as genocide. But others, while acknowledging the severity of the violence, question whether it meets the legal definition of genocide.
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