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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.
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ENTERTAINMENT
May 21, 2008 | TINA DAUNT
THE Los Angeles Business Journal published its annual list of Los Angeles -- and Hollywood's -- richest entrepreneurs this week, reminding everyone once again of why national politicians treat the ZIP Codes west of La Cienega Boulevard like their home equity line. The list was much the same as it has been in recent years -- that is, dominated by people with ties to Hollywood.
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.
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")
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.
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.
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
May 2, 2008 | TINA DAUNT
When IT comes to human rights, George Clooney is one of Hollywood's most active major stars. But what can any celebrity activist be without a consigliere? The man Clooney relies on for advice on the issues he cares most about is David Pressman, an accomplished New York civil rights attorney and former staff member in President Clinton's State Department. Some might argue that Pressman has one of Hollywood's most desirable jobs, a trusted member of an A-lister's inner circle. But what Clooney values most about the understated, unassuming Pressman, though, is that he doesn't have a trace of Hollywood about him -- other than he's Central Casting's idea of a human rights activist.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 24, 2002 | CHRISTOPHER THORNE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
A group of 58 U.S. senators is asking the Bush administration to approve arming National Guard troops assigned to security detail along the nation's borders. More than 1,700 National Guardsmen have been called up to staff crossings in states along the Canadian and Mexican borders. While their counterparts who were called up to help protect the nation's airports are allowed to carry firearms, those helping protect the borders are not.
WORLD
July 15, 2008 | Maggie Farley and Edmund Sanders, Times Staff Writers
The chief prosecutor of the International Criminal Court filed genocide charges Monday against Sudan's president, igniting a debate over whether the move would help end the long-standing violence in the country's Darfur region or undermine prospects for peace. Luis Moreno-Ocampo submitted evidence intended to show that Sudanese President Omar Hassan Ahmed Bashir intentionally tried to wipe out a "substantial part" of three tribes in Sudan's western Darfur region based on their ethnicity.
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