July 12, 2009 |
1 Germany Stop a random handful of Berliners on the street and ask where you might still find a stretch of the Berlin Wall in this, the 20th year since communism collapsed here. A surprising number will not have a clue. Although much of the wall was razed soon after Nov. 9, 1989, sections that weren't given to museums, sold as souvenirs or ground into underlay for autobahns can be seen -- if you know where to go.
May 24, 2009 |
Parliament elected a moderate communist leader as the new prime minister three weeks after the resignation of a former Maoist plunged the country into crisis. Madhav Kumar Nepal, 56, a former bank clerk and leader of the moderate Communist UML party, was elected after the ex-Maoists refused to field a candidate. The government has a year to oversee the drafting of a constitution, a key part of the deal that ended a conflict with Maoist insurgents that killed more than 13,000 people.
May 5, 2009 |
Nepal's prime minister announced his resignation Monday on national television, setting off political tumult in the young democracy and evoking unpleasant memories of riots and protracted street demonstrations in late 2006. The showdown had been brewing for weeks but came to a head Sunday when Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal of the majority Maoist party fired the head of the army. At issue was an agreement under which former Maoist militants would be allowed to join the army.
March 8, 2009 |
My father had a good heart, but he had a bad heart, if you know what I mean. Musical and charming, he was something of a voluptuary. On sunny weekends he preferred to sit in our living room, listening to Chopin or Sarah Vaughan LPs instead of playing tennis or jogging. At 52, Dad began showing signs of heart disease. His doctor enrolled him in a modest exercise program and told him that, if he could manage it, he should try to walk around the block once a day. That was in 1983.
August 16, 2008 |
Nepal's national assembly chose the leader of the nation's former rebels as prime minister, two years after he gave up an insurgency. The chairman of Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), who goes by the nom de guerre Prachanda, had been widely expected to win because he had the backing of several key parties. His own party won the most seats in April elections but fell short of a majority.
August 4, 2008 |
Four days before the Olympics opening ceremony, assailants mounted an attack this morning near a border police station in the far western province of Xinjiang, killing 16 officers and injuring 16 more. The assault came about the same time as a clash between protesters and police near Tiananmen Square in Beijing over forced evictions and only hours after news that 250 Tibetan protesters, including monks and nuns, were detained Sunday in Nepal.
July 23, 2008 |
Nepal's former rebels, who won the most seats in April's national assembly elections, said Tuesday that they would not form a coalition government because lawmakers did not elect their candidate for president. Prachanda, leader of the Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist), said the party had "lost the moral grounds to lead."
June 27, 2008 |
Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala on Thursday cleared the way for a government led by former communist rebels by announcing his resignation. For months Koirala had refused to step down and make way for a new government, but he finally announced his plans at Nepal's constituent assembly, elected in April to rewrite the constitution and govern the Himalayan nation.