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March 10, 1989 | From Associated Press
The Italian news agency ANSA has suspended its transmissions because of a labor dispute with its teletype operators over plans to have journalists transmit the news directly from computer terminals. ANSA management said the agency shut down Wednesday night after teletype operators began transmitting only press releases and not news written by agency journalists.
February 28, 2014 | By Carol J. Williams and Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW -- Armed Russian men in unmarked military uniforms took up positions at Crimea's main airport in Simferopol early Friday, and there were reports that Russian naval forces had taken control of the military airport in Sevastopol, Moscow's leased base for its Black Sea fleet. Dozens of rifle-toting men, many of them masked, were patrolling the parking lot and entrance of the Simferopol airport, news agencies in the Russian-dominated Ukrainian territory reported. Ukraine's acting interior minister, Arsen Avakov , accused Russian nationalist militants of attempting " an armed invasion and occupation ," Russia's RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Avakov 's Facebook page.
September 8, 1991 | Reuters
The Soviet news agency Tass on Saturday dropped Leningrad in favor of St. Petersburg for the dateline on its reports from Russia's second city. Russia on Friday decreed that Leningrad could revert to its pre-revolutionary name--a move the people of the city voted for in a referendum last year.
December 30, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been corrected. See the note below for details
MOSCOW - At least 14 people were killed and 28 injured Monday in the second suspected suicide bombing in the southern Russian city of Volgograd in as many days, heightening concern about security at the upcoming Winter Olympic Games in Sochi. Ten passengers were killed instantly when a bomb exploded Monday morning on a crowded trolley bus, and four more died on the way to and in hospitals, officials said. Russian law enforcement agencies said the explosion was a terrorist attack and that they suspected a connection with a suicide bombing less than 19 hours earlier at Volgograd's main railway station.
December 16, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
A Briton was severely injured in eastern Saudi Arabia when a small parcel placed near the windshield of his car exploded, the official Saudi Press Agency reported. The explosion was the third to target Britons living in Saudi Arabia within one month. The news agency quoted an official security source as saying that the parcel exploded in the man's hand as he tried to remove it. The victim was not immediately identified.
December 10, 1988 | From Reuters
Leonid P. Kravchenko, first deputy chairman of the state television and radio committee for the past three years, has been appointed director-general of the official news agency Tass, the agency said Friday. Kravchenko, 50, was editor in chief of the building industry newspaper Stroitelnaya Gazeta from 1975 to 1980 and later of the trade union daily Trud, Tass said. He replaces Sergei A. Losev, who died in October.
April 23, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Iraq said one person was killed and four injured when Western warplanes bombed targets in a "no-fly" zone in the north of the country. "Bombing led to martyrdom of a citizen and injuring of another four," the Iraqi News Agency quoted a military spokesman as saying. The spokesman also said the planes patrolled areas in southern Iraq, "targeting service establishments and weapons sites." Iraqi ground batteries opened fire at the planes.
September 20, 1988 | Associated Press
Japanese Emperor Hirohito, the world's longest reigning monarch, was reportedly in critical condition at the Imperial Palace today after receiving a blood transfusion, according to a Japanese news agency. However, palace officials would not confirm the report and continued to describe Hirohito's condition as stable.
April 8, 1988 | From Times Wire Services
Sir Denis Hamilton, a former chairman of the Reuters news agency and a leading figure in the British newspaper industry, died Thursday at the age of 69. Hamilton, former editor-in-chief of Times Newspapers Ltd., which includes the Times of London, died at his home in London after a long illness. The cause of death was not given. Among other innovations, he was credited with introducing into British journalism the color magazine supplement, now a feature of all the big national weekly newspapers.
January 3, 1986
Financial News Network and its financial backer, Biotech Capital Corp., charged the wire service and the Mexican publisher who is expected to buy it with several misdeeds, including conspiring to foil their offer and violating racketeering and restraint of trade statutes. UPI picked Mexican publisher Mario Vazquez-Rana's bid over FNN's last November, even though FNN claims that its bid would have netted UPI's creditors more money.
December 12, 2013 | By Barbara Demick and Jung-Yoon Choi
BEIJING - Jang Song Taek, the uncle by marriage of North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, was executed for attempting to seize power for himself, the official news service reported early Friday. In a rambling report, the Korea Central News Agency denounced the "despicable human scum Jang, who was worse than a dog," and said he had attempted to "overthrow the state by all sorts of intrigues and despicable methods with a wild ambition to grab the supreme power. " PHOTOS: Kim Jong Un uncle labeled traitor The execution, after a trial this week by a military tribunal, is the most public purge of a top echelon official in North Korea in decades and raises concern about the increasingly erratic leadership of 30-year-old Kim Jong Un, believed to be the world's youngest head of state.
December 4, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
U.S. Secretary of State John F. Kerry paid a whirlwind, four-hour visit to Moldova on Wednesday, the first time America's top diplomat dropped by the former Soviet republic in more than 20 years. Kerry's unexpected stop followed a decision to skip a planned visit to Ukraine, which has been engulfed in political unrest since President Viktor Yanukovich announced he was shelving plans for association and trade agreements with the European Union. Moldova and Georgia went through with their pledges to boost economic and political ties with the 28-nation Western bloc in spite of pressure from Russia to join the emerging, Moscow-led Eurasian Union instead.
November 29, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING -- North Korea said Saturday the 85-year-old Korean War veteran from Palo Alto it detained last month was held because of “hostile acts” against the Communist regime during the war and during his 10-day trip as a tourist. Pyongyang's official news agency also published what it said was a letter of apology from the retiree, Merrill Newman, and added that the North Koreans had accepted his apology -- implying that he might soon be released. The statements said Newman had directed anti-Communist guerrillas during the 1950-53 war and had asked his North Korean guides during his October trip for help getting in touch with any survivors or their families still living in North Korea.
October 25, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
ANTAKYA, Turkey - Syrian government forces killed more than 40 rebels in an ambush in a strategic region east of Damascus, the official news agency said Friday, as fierce clashes were reported outside the capital. Also, state-run television said Abu Mohammed Jolani, the leader of Al Nusra Front, or Jabhat al Nusra, a group of Islamist fighters, was killed in Latakia province. The report could not be confirmed. Meanwhile, Doctors Without Borders, an international aid group, reported that more than 100,000 civilians had fled in recent weeks from the town of  Safira, southeast of the battleground city of Aleppo, amid heavy bombardment and fighting in the area.
October 15, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
The Islamic world's annual pilgrimage to Mecca came to an orderly and peaceful conclusion Tuesday, with less than half as many Muslims taking part in the hajj this year due to fears that a Middle East-based respiratory illness could spread among the throngs of faithful. At least 51 people have died in Saudi Arabia over the last year from Middle East Respiratory Syndrome, or MERS, a virus related to SARS, which killed hundreds worldwide a decade ago. Limits on visas for foreigners hoping to take part in the pilgrimage that all able-bodied Muslims are expected to fulfill at least once in their lifetime cut the number arriving from abroad to 1.38 million, the Public Statistics Department said in a statement carried by the state-run Saudi Press Agency.
October 2, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams, This post has been corrected. Please see the note below for details.
Gunmen stormed the Russian Embassy in Tripoli, the Libyan capital,  on Wednesday night, scrambling over the walls of the compound, tearing down the Russian flag and opening fire on cars and buildings, Russian and Libyan news agencies reported. The attack was suspected to be revenge for the killing a day earlier of a Libyan air force pilot by a Russian woman, who the gunmen thought had taken refuge in the diplomatic mission, the ITAR-TASS news agency reported. "The Wednesday attack may be linked with the incident on Tuesday," in which local media reported that a Russian woman -- some identified her as Ukrainian -- shot and killed Libyan air force officer Mohammed Susi in Tripoli, then attacked the pilot's elderly mother with a knife, ITAR-TASS reported . The Russian news agency, citing local security sources and the Libyan news agency LANA, said the woman had not been identified, nor was a motive in the attacks known.
August 17, 1991 | Associated Press
Armando Becker, a Venezuelan basketball player, reportedly failed his doping test at the Pan American Games for using cocaine. Prensa Latina, the Cuban news agency, reported Friday that Becker was found to have used cocaine in the last two weeks. Dr. Ricardo Javornik, a member of the medical corps for Venezuela who was present when the urine sample was analyzed, was quoted as saying: "There is no doubt about it." Mexican rower Jose Gomez, a gold medal winner, was earlier cited for using Advil.
September 6, 2013 | By Sergei L. Loiko
MOSCOW  -- Russia will continue to supply weapons to Syria in the event of a U.S. military strike, President Vladimir Putin said Friday, as three naval ships headed to the eastern Mediterranean to bolster the country's fleet near the Syrian coast. “Will we help Syria? Yes, we will,” Putin said in response to a journalist's question at the conclusion of a Group of 20 summit in St. Petersburg. “We are helping them now. We are supplying weapons, cooperating in the economic sphere.” President Obama used the meeting of world leaders to press his case for punitive strikes against the government of Syrian President Bashar Assad for a reported Aug. 21 chemical attack on pro-rebel suburbs of Damascus.
August 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- Syrian opposition activists Wednesday accused the government of killing scores of civilians, including women and children,  in a poison-gas assault on rebel strongholds outside Damascus. The official Syrian news agency called the reports “untrue” and designed to derail a United Nations inquiry into charges of chemical weapons in the conflict. Opposition activists say the number of dead may be in the hundreds. There was no independent confirmation of the allegations.
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