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When Secretary of State James A. Baker III suggested to Eduard A. Shevardnadze, the Soviet foreign minister, that they hold their semiannual meeting not in Washington but in Jackson Hole, Wyo., Shevardnadze asked one of the "Americanologists" on his staff what Baker's intention was. "Wyoming?" the puzzled Shevardnadze asked. "Why Wyoming? What's out there?" "This is it--he's inviting you home," replied the adviser, who had worked in Washington.
April 13, 2011 | Tim Rutten
Elements with the State Department are attempting to silence an American diplomat who believes he was personally charged by the White House with promoting President Obama's interfaith initiatives. The diplomat is the U.S. ambassador to Malta, Douglas Kmiec, a professor of constitutional law at Pepperdine and former dean of the law school at Catholic University of America. He served in the Office of Legal Counsel under Presidents Reagan and George W. Bush and, as a devout Catholic, for many years has been prominent in the antiabortion movement and among those arguing for a larger role for faith-based efforts in public life.
October 24, 2012 | Patt Morrison
Talk about tests of faith. Douglas Kmiec is an influential Roman Catholic scholar, a veteran of Ronald Reagan's Justice Department and a Pepperdine University constitutional law professor. What he's gone through in the last handful of years, he sums up pretty well with the title of his latest book, "Lift Up Your Hearts: A true story of loving your enemies, tragically killing your friends, and the life that remains. " His interfaith work earned him President Obama's appointment as ambassador to Malta.
The wave-tossed setting of the U.S.-Soviet summit this weekend might seem perfect for extending arms control negotiations into the relatively untouched field of naval weaponry--President Bush and Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev meeting aboard two nuclear-capable warships here at the crossroads of European sea routes. And Moscow has signaled its growing impatience for curbing naval armaments. They are the only major category of weapons now exempted from the superpower dialogue.
December 3, 1989 | Associated Press
Here is a schedule of President Bush's remaining activities at the summit. Malta is nine hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time. SUNDAY: 9 a.m.--Church service aboard U.S. cruiser Belknap. 9:55 a.m.--Greets Gorbachev; they tour Belknap. 10:15 a.m.--Meets with Gorbachev on Belknap. 1:10 p.m.--Delivers joint press statement with Gorbachev. 2:15 p.m.--Press conference. 4:20 p.m.--Leaves Malta for Belgium. 7:40 p.m.
August 19, 2009 | TIMES WIRE REPORTS
The freighter Arctic Sea seemed to have vanished in the Atlantic Ocean's vastness, but officials said they knew where it was all along and kept quiet to bring a hijacking to a bloodless end. A Russian naval vessel reached the Arctic Sea late Sunday near Cape Verde, thousands of miles from the Algerian port where it was to have docked Aug. 4. Russian Defense Minister Anatoly Serdyukov said Tuesday that eight suspected hijackers were in custody....
November 28, 1985
Scarlett Marie Rogenkamp, the Oceanside woman killed Sunday by terrorists during the hijacking of an EgyptAir airliner, will be awarded a Purple Heart during funeral services in Oceanside on Saturday, her mother said. Hetty Peterson said dignitaries from Malta and Great Britain would attend the funeral, along with a representative from the White House. Rogenkamp, 38, was shot and dumped from the Boeing 737 airliner in Malta before Egyptian commandos stormed the plane and ended the hijacking.
March 9, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Citizens of Malta voted on whether to join the European Union, the first such referendum among 10 nations invited to join the bloc next year. Opinion polls before the vote showed the Maltese almost evenly divided on the question.
September 12, 1990 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A Boeing 727 jetliner carrying 18 people apparently crashed southeast of St. John's, Newfoundland, after straying off course over the Atlantic Ocean, officials said. A spokesman for Faucett, a carrier based in Lima, Peru, said the airliner was en route from Malta to Miami, with a refueling stop scheduled for Gander, Newfoundland. The crew declared a low-fuel emergency 30 minutes after it was due in Gander.
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