February 18, 1997 |
With a graceful rhythm as old as China, 43-year-old peasant Yang Guilian stood in ankle-deep water and transplanted a handful of rice to a carefully prepared paddy. In fertile land south of Hangzhou Bay--the cradle of rice cultivation dating back at least 7,000 years to the Neolithic Age--Yang, loose cotton trousers rolled above her knees, handled the thin green seedlings in a manner unchanged for thousands of years.
March 6, 1993 |
The arrest of a Jordanian-born Muslim extremist in the World Trade Center bombing created a sensation Friday across the Middle East with governments and other organizations scrambling to turn the case to their own advantage. In Jerusalem, officials and commentators from across the Israeli political spectrum, cited the charges against Mohammed A.
April 4, 1990 |
Israel on Tuesday launched a satellite widely believed to be capable of spying on its neighbors in the Middle East, a region springing headlong into the missile age. Government officials denied persistent reports that the satellite, called Ofek 2, carries sophisticated optics. The 352-pound probe is equipped only with communications and testing equipment, they said.
May 18, 1989 |
Transportation officials have warned British airports to watch out for bombs made of plastic explosives hidden inside containers of candy from the Middle East, the government said today. Airline sources said the Department of Transport issued a memo warning every British airport to be on the alert for tins of soft candy that could actually be filled with the Czechoslovak-made plastic explosive Semtex.
April 8, 1998 |
Southern California companies looking for alternatives to Asia's troubled economies should consider pursuing the nearly $2 billion worth of aerospace contracts coming up in Africa and the Middle East, according to the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. In spite of its mammoth size and potential market of 650 million people, Africa has not been a major target for U.S. companies. In 1997, their exports to Africa came to $6.4 billion, or less than 1% of foreign sales.
May 1, 1991 |
Hundreds of Kurdish refugees headed home to Iraq from this squalid mountaintop camp Tuesday at the start of what U.S. military officers hope will be a mass refugee return to the country they fled in fear and panic just a month ago. Not all the refugees are convinced that U.S. and allied security will guarantee them long-term protection from Iraqi President Saddam Hussein, and a substantial minority still declare that they will never go down to the haven area set up for them in northern Iraq.