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WORLD
February 6, 2006 | Mark Magnier, Times Staff Writer
In the latest case of unrest afflicting the Chinese countryside, at least 15 people were wounded, some seriously, when a gun battle broke out in a land dispute between two villages in the southern province of Guangdong. Residents said tension that had been brewing for years intensified in the fall, when Xiaomeichen residents decided to build a road through neighboring Dameichen. Both are in Huangpo county.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 30, 2004 | Stanley Allison, Times Staff Writer
Resort designer Stephen Sutherland has a vision for 8 acres of waterfront land on the Balboa Peninsula: a 110-room luxury hotel where the well-heeled can stay for $400 a night on the edge of Newport Harbor. Many longtime Balboa residents see a different picture. They note that the land, on the harbor side of the peninsula, is the last significant piece of harbor property the city owns and was always supposed to become a public park, as stated in the city general plan.
WORLD
August 25, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Police used tear gas to disperse hundreds of Masai tribesmen who were calling for the Kenyan government to give them ancestral land acquired by colonialists 100 years ago. The protest campaign, which began Aug. 13, has brought demonstrations in central Kenya and Nairobi, as well as attempts to invade at least one privately owned ranch. Protesters say one person has been shot to death and more than 100 have been arrested.
WORLD
November 13, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Three Americans jailed over a land dispute in Mexico's southern Oaxaca state have been released and the charges thrown out, their attorney said. Mary Ellen Sanger, John Barbato and Joseph Simpson were charged with illegally occupying and looting a large house in the town of San Pablo Etla whose ownership by U.S. writer Russell Ames is contested by the local University of the Americas. Sanger, Barbato and Simpson had lived in the house to care for Ames.
WORLD
July 14, 2002 | RICHARD BOUDREAUX, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Farmers armed with machetes and homemade firebombs took three more hostages Saturday and demanded formal negotiations to end their violent standoff with the government over plans to build an airport on their land 18 miles northeast of Mexico City. The showdown was in its third day with no sign of a breakthrough. Hundreds of protesters are now holding 15 captives in the tense, barricaded town of San Salvador Atenco, which is surrounded by about 900 riot policemen.
WORLD
July 4, 2002 | Associated Press
Officials said Wednesday that a dispute over land was behind the shooting deaths of five people--including a 101-year-old man--on a mountain road in western Mexico over the weekend. Nayarit state Atty. Gen. Jorge Armando Banuelos Ahumada said investigators had ruled out political or drug-related motives in the Sunday shootings. "These events were caused by deeply rooted hostility between families," he said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 25, 2002 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
In a legal move that surprised Cypress officials, the Cottonwood Christian Center on Monday sought a federal court injunction to block the city from taking 18 acres of the church's land to build a Costco. A church spokeswoman said the 102-page motion would prevent the city from taking "immediate possession" of Cottonwood's property near the Los Alamitos Race Course, an act allowed under eminent domain proceedings. City Atty.
NATIONAL
June 22, 2002 | From Times Wire Reports
A federal judge in Buffalo threw out the Seneca Indian Nation's claim of ownership of Grand Island and other islands in the Niagara River near Buffalo. The ruling dismisses a 9-year-old lawsuit that residents of Grand Island, a suburb of Buffalo, have long claimed has damaged business and property values. U.S.
WORLD
June 3, 2002 | CHRIS KRAUL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Authorities said Sunday that they had arrested 16 suspects in the Friday night massacre of 26 peasants, victims of a bitter land dispute between rival villages in mountainous southern Oaxaca state. The slain, all men from the municipality of Santiago Xochiltepec, were killed in an ambush as they returned home from their logging and sawmill jobs in the Sierra Sur mountains about 300 miles southeast of Mexico City. Six survivors gave investigators descriptions that led to the arrests.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 16, 2002 | WILLIAM LOBDELL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County megachurch filed lawsuits Tuesday claiming Cypress was trying to halt its building plans in favor of businesses that would provide the city with tax dollars. The legal actions, filed in federal and state courts, are the latest salvo in a 15-month land tussle between Cottonwood Christian Center and the city over 18 acres of prime real estate in a redevelopment area near Los Alamitos Race Course.
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