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March 13, 1990 | Reuters
Namibia will be admitted to the Commonwealth as its 50th member on gaining independence from South Africa on March 21, the Commonwealth Secretariat said Monday. "Namibia . . . will bring further strengths to the Commonwealth both generally and in the special context of the new prospects for the resolution of longstanding problems throughout southern Africa," Commonwealth Secretary General Shridath Ramphal said.
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November 9, 2011 | By Chris Erskine, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Snow updates, as another storm approaches: Mountain High has been open since Saturday, Bear Mountain opens today (Wednesday) and Mammoth and Snow Summit open Thursday. More important than the early snow? Consistently cool temps that allow for overnight snow making. Mammoth is reporting a 45-inch base at the Main Lodge.... Speaking of “skiing,” nice to see Matt Lauer's travel series return , with Namibia on Monday, followed by Madrid on Tuesday.
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June 4, 1994 | Reuters
Tens of thousands of seals along Namibia's desert coastline have died in the worst disaster on record to hit the country's Cape Fur seal colonies. Teams of workers Friday started clearing away rotting carcasses of seal pups, which apparently starved to death. The fisheries ministry said that "unusual oceanographic conditions" had profoundly affected the fish on which the 750,000 Cape Fur seals feed along the southwest coast of Africa.
TRAVEL
July 31, 2011
THE BEST WAY TO WINDHOEK, NAMIBIA From LAX, Lufthansa and British Airways offer connecting service (change of plane) on Air Namibia; Delta, Virgin America and American offer connecting service on South African Airways. Restricted round-trip fares begin at $1,325, excluding taxes and fees. If you have time to add a day's drive in each direction, start in Cape Town, South Africa. WHEN TO GO Seasons are the reverse of the Northern Hemisphere. Skip the Kalahari summer and rainy season and aim to visit between May and September.
ENTERTAINMENT
May 26, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have an entire government on their side in the latest celebrity versus paparazzi skirmish as they await the birth of their child in seclusion at a resort in Namibia. The Namibian Embassy in Pretoria tells journalists seeking visas for Namibia to cover the birth of the eagerly awaited celebrity baby that they must have permission from Pitt and Jolie in writing before they will be allowed into the country.
NEWS
September 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Namibia announced that it will pull out of Congo's war, leaving four other foreign armies fighting in the large Central African nation. U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan praised the move during a visit to Congo's capital, Kinshasa, for talks with President Joseph Kabila. Namibian forces have been fighting alongside troops from Zimbabwe and Angola on the side of Congo's government. Rwanda and Uganda have sided with rebels. Namibia's contingent, estimated at 2,000, was the smallest.
NEWS
April 22, 1989 | From Associated Press
The government said Friday that South African forces will be confined to their bases in northern Namibia for 60 hours next week so black nationalist guerrillas can withdraw to Angola without confrontation. Foreign Minister Roelof F. (Pik) Botha said the security forces will remain at their bases from 6 p.m., April 26, until 6 a.m., April 29. South Africa plans to obtain cassette recordings from Angolan officials in which commanders of the South-West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO)
NEWS
April 10, 1989 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Cuba, Angola and South Africa, architects of southwest Africa's peace accord, agreed Sunday on a six- to 12-day process to end pitched battles in northern Namibia by allowing guerrillas safe passage to 18 U.N. assembly points, where they will lay down their weapons and be transported back across the border to Angola. The agreement, coming on the heels of rebel leader Sam Nujoma's appeal Saturday night for his forces to halt the fighting, paved the way for an end to the nine-day invasion that has claimed the lives of 263 rebels and 27 police officers.
NEWS
December 4, 1988 | WILLIAM CLAIBORNE, The Washington Post
South African, Angolan and Cuban negotiators failed to reach agreement on a southern Africa peace plan and independence for Namibia that they had hoped to sign Saturday. Shortly before flying back to Johannesburg with Foreign Minister Roelof F.
NEWS
April 13, 1989 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Four black nationalist guerrillas turned themselves in at a Lutheran church here Wednesday and were escorted under the U.N. flag to the Angolan border, the first rebels to take up the peacekeeping force's two-day-old offer of safe passage out of Namibia. No other rebel fighters have shown up at any of the eight other U.N. "assembly points" in the northern Namibian bush, where as many as 1,900 insurgents remain after a series of bloody battles that began 12 days ago as the U.N. plan for Namibia's independence was launched.
TRAVEL
July 31, 2011 | By Mark Vanhoenacker, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Namib-Naukluft National Park, Namibia Griddle-hot deserts, time-forsaken ghost towns, prismatic canyons and endless ribbons of lonely highway: There's nothing quite like a road trip across the Southwest to get the gasoline pumping in an American's wanderlust-ful heart. But what's perfect for America's bottom-left corner works even better here in Africa's. Welcome to Namibia, on Africa's western coast between South Africa and Angola, where the deserts are hotter, the roads are emptier and America - at least when Brangelina aren't visiting - couldn't be farther away.
TRAVEL
July 3, 2011
ECUADOR Chocoholics tour Equatortrekking's "Gourmet Journey Along the Cacao Route" follows the path of the recently released documentary "El Cacao" by visiting chocolate factories, family-owned cocoa plantations and restaurants that use it in indigenous dishes. Also included is a walking tour of Quito, Ecuador's capital. Itinerary: Guayaquil to Vinces, Hacienda Cañas, Rio Muchacho, Quito and Baños Dates: Departures July 15 and 30, Aug. 15 and 30 and Sept.
WORLD
July 7, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Namibia's annual commercial seal hunt will proceed despite objections by animal welfare groups, a government official said. Frans Tsheehama of the Namibian fisheries and marine resources ministry said that the season started on Wednesday and will run until Nov. 15. Hunters are expected to club over 90,000 seals, including 85,000 pups. There was confusion last week over whether the hunt had begun after reports that a South Africa-based animal rights activist was in talks to halt it. The government argues that the seal population needs to be controlled to protect fish stocks.
TRAVEL
March 29, 2009 | Amanda Jones
The South African safari has long been popular with high-end travelers. But recently other southern African countries, including Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, have built ultra-luxe safari camps and lodges that compete with the world's best. I had visited a decade ago, so I was curious to return last summer and see the progress that had been made. I was astonished.
WORLD
October 11, 2008 | Marjorie Miller and Henry Chu, Times Staff Writers
Calling him an "outstanding international mediator," the Norwegian Nobel Committee on Friday awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2008 to former Finnish President Martti Ahtisaari for his efforts to resolve international conflicts across the globe, from Northern Ireland and Namibia to Kosovo, Indonesia and Iraq.
SCIENCE
May 3, 2008 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Namibia's diamond company, Namdeb, said Wednesday it had discovered a 500-year-old shipwreck containing a treasure of coins, ivory, copper and weapons. "The site yielded a wealth of objects including six bronze cannons, several tons of copper, more than 50 elephant tusks, pewter tableware, navigational instruments, weapons and thousands of Spanish and Portuguese gold coins, minted in the late 1400s and early 1500s," a Namdeb spokesman said. The company came across the wreck April 1 during mining operations at sea. Company sources said human remains and ornaments linked to royalty found on the ship raised speculation it could be the caravel of Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias, which went missing off the Cape of Good Hope in 1500.
NEWS
April 1, 1989 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
For more than a decade, Martti Ahtisaari has had one of the United Nations' most frustrating assignments--to bring the sparsely populated territory of Namibia to independence against the wishes of its colonial governor, South Africa. When the 51-year-old Finnish diplomat and his wife arrived here Friday, it marked the end of those difficult years and the beginning of Namibia's journey "to its rightful place among the community of nations," Ahtisaari said.
NEWS
April 1, 1989 | SCOTT KRAFT, Times Staff Writer
Namibia, South Africa's vast colony for 74 years, began its long-delayed march to independence today under the supervision of the largest and most expensive U.N. peacekeeping mission in history. "The people of Namibia have waited long years for this day, and it is the eve of an era: an era of all of the people of Namibia," Martti Ahtisaari, the U.N.'s special representative to Namibia, said Friday as he arrived to monitor the transition from African colony to nationhood.
WORLD
October 15, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Authorities have ordered the deportation of two Americans working for a security firm that was recruiting Namibians to work at U.S. facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, a government minister said. The Namibian Cabinet also recommended the closure of the local branch of the Nevada-based Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group, which had opened this month, Information Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said.
WORLD
October 14, 2007 | From Reuters
This African nation has ordered two Americans to leave the country for trying to recruit Namibians to work as security guards in Iraq and Afghanistan, the information minister said Saturday. Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah said the Namibian Security Council also ordered their company, Special Operations Consulting-Security Management Group, to cease operations on the grounds that its actions violated Namibian laws.
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