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December 28, 2012 | By Sergei L. Loiko, Los Angeles Times
MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin signed a law banning the adoption of Russian orphans by U.S. families, the Kremlin announced Friday. The measure was widely seen as a retaliation for the Sergei Magnitsky Act passed by Congress and signed by President Obama this month, which imposed sanctions on Russian officials involved in the death of an imprisoned lawyer in 2009 after he blew the whistle on a multimillion-dollar tax refund scam allegedly...
In a working-class neighborhood on the outskirts of town, Daniel and Justin Forrest are trying to rebuild their lives. The two brothers, 9 and 10, captured the hearts of thousands of Southern Californians three months ago, when they and their older brother, Shem, were injured and orphaned in a Pomona car crash on their way to their grandmother's funeral. After Pomona firefighters broadcast an appeal for help, more than $105,000 in donations poured in.
September 27, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Leaders of two evangelical Christian organizations are urging churches to observe the first Orphan Sunday on Oct. 5. The inaugural observance is designed to focus the attention of congregations on the growing number of orphans in need of care across the globe. "Orphan Sunday is a movement. It isn't an actual organization," said Gary Schneider, head of Orphan Sunday and president of Every Orphan's Hope. Schneider, whose Round Hill, Va.
January 24, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The United Nations Children's Fund said it reached an agreement with China to start an $850,000 training program to improve the care of orphans and disabled children in Chinese institutions. China has scrambled in the last two weeks to deny a report by Human Rights Watch/Asia that charges widespread abuses in its orphanages.
June 13, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
Twenty-one war orphans left for Vietnam to commemorate the 30th anniversary of "Operation Babylift," in which 3,000 Vietnamese children were airlifted to the United States at the end of the Vietnam War. Atlanta-based World Airways arranged to fly the adoptees to Vietnam. As Saigon was falling in early April 1975, a World Airways flight took off under cover of night with 57 children on board. Thousands more children followed in the next few weeks.
August 4, 1992 | Reuters
One of Britain's best-known television reporters smuggled an orphan out of Bosnia-Herzegovina by writing her name into his passport. Michael Nicholson, a reporter for Independent Television News, said Monday that his heart melted when 9-year-old Natasha Mihaljcic clung to his side while his crew filmed at an orphanage in the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo. "I committed the newsman's cardinal sin.
Andrew Jackson Okurut, a 13-year-old from Uganda, can't remember his father, who died from AIDS complications when Andrew was 5 months old. So before his mother was struck down by the same disease in September, she put together a "memory book" of photos and writing so he wouldn't forget her too. "She used to be very fat," Andrew said, slowly paging through the book. "Then she got very thin, and even her handwriting changed. I knew she had AIDS, but I didn't think she would die too."
September 28, 1987 | DAN WILLIAMS, Times Staff Writer
There are times when turning the other cheek just isn't advisable, even for a clergyman, especially when the likes of Black Beard or Cossack Assassin are coming at you with a secret sleeper hold or even a club. At such a moment, Fray Tormenta (Brother Tempest), professional wrestler and Roman Catholic priest, might use a flying drop kick or step-over toehold to defend himself and turn the tide of battle against a mean and perhaps unscrupulous foe. This is, after all, serious business.
May 18, 2010 | By Alexandra Zavis, Los Angeles Times
Watching helplessly as a desperate crowd gathered around his truck in Haiti earlier this month, Fernando Pullum began to fear he had made a terrible mistake. The Los Angeles musician and educator had gone there to take food to orphans left homeless by the devastating earthquake. But all he saw were menacing-looking men. "They looked like the Sopranos," Pullum said. "I'm thinking maybe we got shown some bogus pictures of orphans and we just got suckered into driving all this way to bring food to these adults."
December 17, 1986 | From Reuters
Britain's ambassador to Lebanon said Tuesday that he has given up his elegant 70-year-old residence in West Beirut and that it will become a Muslim orphanage. "We decided we no longer had a use for such a large property, so we have given up the lease," Ambassador John Grey told a reporter. "We are sorry, but diplomatic life is moving away from that quarter of West Beirut." Grey, like most other Western diplomats, now lives and works mainly in Christian East Beirut.
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