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June 30, 2013 | By Paul Richter
WASHINGTON - In December 2003, badly trailing Howard Dean in polls of the Democratic presidential field, Sen. John F. Kerry mortgaged his house to raise $6.4 million for his struggling campaign. The risky bet paid off the next month when he won the Iowa caucuses. In 2010, he led a fight for legislation to counter climate change that involved 300 meetings or phone calls before the bill died. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) said he had never seen anyone work harder on a piece of legislation.
February 20, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Sikorsky Aircraft Corp. signed a memorandum of understanding with Gulf Helicopters of Qatar to consider building a major facility in the Middle East. The facility would provide maintenance, training and other services for the region's government and commercial operators of Sikorsky S-92 and S-76 helicopters, Sikorsky said. Gulf Helicopters, a unit of state-owned Qatar Petroleum, based in Doha, also signed a contract to buy the second of two VIP versions of the S-92.
March 2, 1988 | United Press International
President Reagan today announced that Secretary of State George P. Shultz will return to the Middle East on Thursday to continue his shuttle diplomacy. Reagan told reporters at the Stuyvenberg guest house where he is staying during a NATO summit that "all countries believe the United States should remain engaged" in the effort to bring about an Arab-Israeli reconciliation and an end to the Palestinian uprising in the Israeli-occupied territories. "We will spare no effort," he said.
April 28, 1996 | ED WRIGHT, Wright is a former assistant foreign editor at The Times. His column appears monthly
Middle East Citing threats made by Hezbollah and other extremist groups, the State Department this month said it "cannot discount the possibility of random acts of anti-American violence" and advised U.S. citizens in the Middle East "to exercise greater than usual caution." The department added, however, that it knows of no specific threats to American interests.
December 1, 1990
Border violence has plagued Israel for as long as anyone can remember, but even by the senseless standards of the Middle East, November was a particularly deadly month. The body count was 12 Israelis killed and many wounded in gunfights on the Lebanese, Jordanian or Egyptian borders. This is the highest monthly toll since Israel withdrew from Lebanon in 1985. It follows the Temple Mount incident in October in which 20 Palestinians were killed by Israeli police.
November 24, 1990 | KENNETH R. WEISS
Rep. Robert J. Lagomarsino (R-Ventura) is scheduled to leave Washington on Sunday with a delegation of about 20 House members for a five-day trip to Saudi Arabia and other countries in the Middle East. Lagomarsino, a ranking member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and his colleagues from the House Armed Services Committee will make a brief visit to U.S. troops in Saudi Arabia and meet with leaders in Egypt and Israel.
February 20, 1991
If Iraq agreed to Soviet peace proposals and pulled out of Kuwait before the start of a massive ground war, it would still be left with one of the most formidable arsenals in the Middle East.
Amos Perlmutter, a professor of political science at American University and veteran Israel watcher who was the author of more than a dozen books on Middle Eastern affairs, died of complications from cancer on Tuesday at George Washington University Hospital. He was 69.
February 16, 2004 | From Associated Press
A rare storm dumped more than 2 feet of snow on parts of the Middle East, breaking power lines in Lebanon, collapsing a wall near a holy site in Jerusalem and delaying talks between Israelis and Palestinians. At least one person was killed. In Amman, the Jordanian capital, snowmen lined the streets and children sledded on plastic tubs and bowls. Parts of Jordan received as much as 2 1/2 feet of snow, and more was reported in Lebanon and Syria.
September 14, 2003 | James Flanigan
Two years after the terrible events of Sept. 11, violence has reached new levels of pain and futility in Israel and the Palestinian territories, and the killing goes on in liberated Iraq. As the death and destruction continue, some 100 million young people throughout the Middle East have little or no gainful work, their meager prospects making them potential legions of terrorism and hate.
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