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April 25, 2003 | Lisa Girion, Times Staff Writer
The list of corporations sued in American courts for their alleged involvement in human rights violations in foreign countries grew longer Thursday, when Occidental Petroleum Corp. was accused of aiding a deadly military assault on a Colombian village. The case was filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles by a man whose mother, sister and cousin were killed during the bombing raid five years ago.
March 6, 2014 | By Lisa Mascaro
WASHINGTON - An ambitious bill seeking to stem the rise of sexual assaults in the military died Thursday after senators from both parties refused to limit the role of commanding officers in deciding whether to prosecute such cases. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) pushed the issue to prominence during this congressional session, arguing on behalf of victims who testified that they feared retaliation for pressing assault allegations up the military chain of command. Her bill - which won support from 17 of the 20 women in the Senate - would have shifted sexual assault investigations to military prosecutors.
August 27, 2005 | Kim Murphy, Times Staff Writer
The bodies of Beslan's children lay in freshly dug graves when the most troubling questions of the deadly hostage-taking at Middle School No. 1 started to emerge. On the roof of a five-story apartment building across from the school where 318 hostages died and about 700 others were wounded in September, residents found three large, empty tubes, a little more than 36 inches long, marked with red stripes and numeric codes.
November 10, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Lots of gun rumblings. The blood keeps spilling. And the carnage spreads. Start with the LAX shootings. The gun used by the government-hater to kill a checkpoint screener and wound three others? It was the type of firearm that would have been banned from the California market under legislation vetoed by Gov. Jerry Brown. Not that it would have mattered for Gerardo Hernandez, 39, the TSA agent who was murdered. The bill would not have taken effect until Jan. 1. And Paul Anthony Ciancia, 23, the disgruntled, alleged assassin, could have kept his semiautomatic rifle by registering it. And, yes, he also could have armed himself with a handgun and probably inflicted the same damage.
After the American warplanes were gone and the hilltop village of Mudoh lay in ruins, survivors tried to collect and bury their dead. There were problems. Most of the men and boys who had survived the Nov. 30 airstrike were bloodied and dazed. The village cemetery was not big enough to accommodate the dead. And the remains were not intact.
August 16, 2006 | Robert Salladay, Times Staff Writer
Muslim leaders on Tuesday called Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger disrespectful and insulting for ignoring their request to meet about the war in Lebanon so he could explain his appearance at a rally supporting Israel that was attended by thousands. Schwarzenegger and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa spoke at the July 23 event in front of the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles building on Wilshire Boulevard. On Aug.
November 3, 2006 | Julian E. Barnes, Times Staff Writer
ON July 4, a squad of Marines was ordered to an intersection nicknamed "Firecracker," the most dangerous in this city. The group's mission was to set up a position to watch for people placing bombs and to fight insurgents. For much of the squad, from the 3rd Battalion, 8th Marine Regiment, this was their second combat tour in Iraq. But the fight at Firecracker was the fiercest they had seen. The Marines recently returned from Iraq. This is their story, told in their own words.
December 17, 2007 | Asso Ahmed and Tina Susman, Special to The Times
Turkish jets bombed several villages in northern Iraq early Sunday in the most aggressive action in years against Kurdish rebels who take sanctuary in the Kurdistan border region of Iraq. Local officials said at least one civilian was killed and several wounded. The Firat news agency, which is linked to the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, said that five guerrillas and two civilians were killed and that many of the damaged buildings were schools and homes.
October 3, 2004 | Thomas S. Mulligan and Suhail Ahmed, Times Staff Writers
As U.S.-led forces consolidated their control over rebellious Samarra on Saturday, humanitarian officials described a hellish scene within the city in the wake of a two-day offensive by 5,000 U.S. and Iraqi troops. The morgue in Samarra's main hospital was overflowing, so some of the dead had to be laid out on the floor of an unrefrigerated hall, said Nura abid Bakir, director of the Red Crescent branch in the northern Iraqi province of Salahuddin.
November 15, 2004 | Alissa J. Rubin, Times Staff Writer
Dr. Ahmed Ghanim's nightmarish week began with a phone call in the operating room of a makeshift medical center in downtown Fallouja. On the line was the manager of the city's General Hospital. Iraqi national guardsmen and U.S. Marines, the manager said, had entered the hospital, handcuffed the doctors and were forcing the patients out to the parking lot.
June 9, 2013
Re "Military on the spot over sex assaults," June 5 Two respected U.S. senators - both women - are sponsoring legislation to shift decisions on serious crimes in the military, including rape, from commanders to independent military prosecutors. The highest levels in all services, including the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, would rather not see that authority taken away from commanders. The photo accompanying the article offers one possible reason for their position.
May 24, 2013 | By Kathleen Hennessey
WASHINGTON -- President Obama condemned sexual misconduct in the military and told Naval Academy graduates to try to restore Americans' faith in institutions in a commencement speech that hinted at the scandals swirling around the president. “As we've seen again in recent days, it only takes the misconduct of a few to further erode the people's trust in their government,” Obama said Friday in a speech at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. “And that's unacceptable to me, and I know it's unacceptable to you.” Obama's remarks didn't explicitly reference the controversy over the Internal Revenue Service targeting of conservative groups, one of three controversies that consumed the news in recent weeks.
May 7, 2013 | By David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Pentagon estimated that 26,000 members of the military were sexually assaulted in unreported incidents last year - 35% more than in 2010 - a severe trend that senior officials warned could threaten recruiting and retention of women in uniform. President Obama, reacting to the startling figures Tuesday, said he had "no tolerance" for sexual crimes in the ranks and pledged to crack down on commanders who ignored the problem. Obama said he had spoken to Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and ordered that officers "up and down the food chain" get the message.
January 11, 2013 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, This post has been corrected. See below for details.
HOUSTON -- The U.S. Commission on Civil Rights delivered an update on its examination of sexual assault in the military with a briefing Friday on Capitol Hill that comes amid a widening sex scandal among Air Force basic instructors and recruits at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. According to the report , about 4% of female service members experience some form of sexual assault each year compared to 1% of male service members. In fiscal year 2011, the Armed Services completed 2,353 investigations of reported sexual assaults, a “small fraction” of the total estimated sexual assaults, according to the report.
August 8, 2012 | By Patrick J. McDonnell, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - The Syrian military launched an assault Wednesday on a strategic and highly symbolic rebel stronghold in the northern city of Aleppo, signaling a major government effort to reassert control of the nation's commercial hub. There were conflicting accounts about which side, if either, had the upper hand. Syrian state television reported that the government had assumed "full control" over Aleppo's Salahuddin district, the target of weeks of military bombardment. It reported the deaths of many "terrorists," the government's label for the armed rebels fighting to oust President Bashar Assad.
July 19, 2012 | By Jamie Goldberg, Washington Bureau
WASHINGTON — Ruth Moore described herself as a "vivacious" 18-year-old serving in the Navy when, she says, a superior raped her outside a club in Europe. After that, she attempted suicide and was discharged, diagnosed with borderline personality disorder — an ailment she says she did not have. Moore applied for disability benefits through the Department of Veterans Affairs but was denied multiple times — despite submitting witness testimony that she had been raped and subsequently treated for chlamydia.
November 26, 2004 | Bruce Wallace, Times Staff Writer
The 24th Marine Expeditionary Unit decorated its chow hall with cardboard cutouts of pumpkins and put turkey, stuffing and pecan pie on the menu. There was also nonalcoholic sparkling wine and a priest who thanked God for the good fortune to come from the "greatest land in the world." But none of the Thanksgiving rituals could blot out the realities of Iraq.
February 3, 1991 | HARRY G. SUMMERS Jr.
There are fears that at least some of the 11 U.S. Marines killed in action in the fighting along the Kuwaiti-Saudi Arabian border last week and another Marine in a convoy may have been struck down by friendly fire. While it will not be known for sure until the battle has been thoroughly investigated, the sad truth is that such incidents are not unusual on the battlefield. In the Civil War, for example, one of the South's most famous generals, Thomas J.
May 3, 2012 | Edmund Sanders
Israel's move toward early elections is the latest sign that its threatened attack against Iran's nuclear facilities is unlikely to take place in the coming months. Though no final decision has been made about moving up national elections slated for next year, the Knesset, or parliament, is talking about dissolving this month and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is expected to announce as soon as next week an election date in September. Some officials predict the chances of an Israeli airstrike against Iran will decrease because a divisive political campaign would paralyze the government and focus attention on domestic issues.
March 23, 2011 | By Borzou Daragahi and David S. Cloud, Los Angeles Times
Forces loyal to Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi carried out attacks on several rebel-held areas and deployed an elite military brigade to help bolster defenses, U.S. officials said, despite sharply stepped-up coalition airstrikes against his regime. Kadafi's military assaults Tuesday suggested that the Libyan strongman is seeking to crush the remnants of the 5-week-old popular rebellion against his regime, underscoring deepening questions about to whether the U.S.-led air campaign is succeeding.
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