June 27, 2004 |
Arriving at polling centers on pony, foot and motorbike, Mongolians voted in their fifth parliamentary elections since the end of communist rule in 1990. Some nomadic herders were traveling up to 15 miles to cast ballots in traditional tents in the Gobi Desert or the sprawling steppes. Many dressed in their finest dels -- traditional ankle-length wool robes.
April 13, 2004 |
Falconry is an ancient, honorable sport in Mongolia. Unhooded and hungry, a trained eagle falls like a hammer at more than 200 mph to slam an unlucky fox, or even small wolves. Writer-falconry enthusiast Stephen Bodio's engaging search for eagle hunters catapults us into a no-holds-barred outback where guns and gasoline are carry-on baggage, and the Kirghiz live to be 100 eating nothing but mutton, vodka and salty tea.
January 14, 2004 |
When Mongol troops entered Iraq in 1258, a grandson of Genghis Khan sacked Baghdad in a four-day siege so bloody that legend has it the rivers ran red for days. Eight centuries later, they're back, and they want to help. "We're on your side," Mongolian President Natsagiin Bagabandi quipped to President Bush in April in Washington, a Western diplomat said. "We've had problems with Iraq ourselves."
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September 6, 2003 |
A Philippine priest was installed last week as the first Roman Catholic bishop of Mongolia, a predominantly Buddhist nation with fewer than 200 Catholics. Wenceslaw Padilla, who has worked in the country since 1992, was installed as bishop in Ulan Bator, the capital, by Cardinal Crescenzio Sepe, head of the Vatican's Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples.
December 8, 2002 |
"Study Mongolia" has never been on any resolution list I've ever drawn up. Yet here I sit, having just reluctantly finished Stewart's fine book about his journey there. Now I am conversant in Mongol history and current, as never before, on what goes on across the many miles between Olgii and Ulan Bator. Stewart, a gifted British writer, has taken me there, covering much of the distance on hired Mongol horses, armed with a fancy saddle, a crazy dream and a sharp sense of humor.
November 7, 2002 |
Braving snow and crowds, thousands of Mongolian Buddhists gathered to hear the Dalai Lama preach despite China's criticism of the visit. The exiled Tibetan spiritual leader spoke for more than two hours at a convention center in the capital, Ulan Bator, that was filled to its capacity of 5,000. Hundreds stood outside to listen over loudspeakers. The Dalai Lama arrived Monday on his first visit in nearly seven years to Mongolia, which shares religious and cultural ties with Tibet.
October 27, 2002 |
It is their last supper together, and the shepherd has gathered his small flock of North Koreans around a table piled with steaming plates of shredded pork, rice and braised tofu. But the seven refugees are too nervous to do more than nibble. Among them: a woman claiming to be an elite worker in North Korea's nuclear missile program; a muscular former soldier whose heavily scarred arms attest to a previous escape attempt; a woman who had been sold as a bride.
August 20, 2002 |
Thousands of people have been battling massive forest fires sweeping across Mongolia and shrouding the capital, Ulan Bator, in thick smoke, officials said. About 110 fires were raging in eight provinces, and 64 were out of control, civil defense officials said. The blazes are thought to have been started by vacationers visiting the countryside parched by a hot, dry summer. "The situation is catastrophic," civil defense spokesman Luvsanjamba said.
November 28, 2001 |
T.S. Usuhbayar's worst day came amid a ferocious blizzard early last year that pounded the desolate steppe with gale-force winds and yard-deep snow. Usuhbayar, 25, stock of generations of nomadic herders, stayed up much of the night. While he tended his prized horses, his wife and mother looked after the sheep and goats. All three were desperately trying to warm the few animals they could fit into their tiny, portable home here in the Gobi desert.