January 23, 2011 |
A showdown between President Hamid Karzai and his country's newly elected parliament was averted late Saturday when the Afghan leader agreed to convene the inaugural legislative session this week rather than push for a one-month postponement. Lawmakers were intent on defying Karzai's order to delay the first session, initially scheduled for Sunday, and had said they would meet at a mosque or in the street if security forces blocked them from the parliament building. The standoff pushed the Afghan leader and his government to the brink of a full-blown political crisis.
October 6, 2000 |
In what appears to be the final and fatal blow to Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic's regime, angry protesters seized control Thursday of the federal parliament building and state-run television station here as police fled and soldiers joined celebrations in the street. Serbian police, once fiercely loyal to Milosevic, offered only scattered resistance as hundreds of thousands of protesters joined in the most serious attack on Milosevic's regime since he took power 13 years ago.
November 3, 2004 |
Light and airy are not adjectives usually applied to this gray and dour capital. But light and airy are apt words for its effervescent new Parliament building. And the cost also is so lighter-than-air: nearly $800 million, or 10 times the original target. Who knew that the Scots, of all people, could be so heedless with their purse strings? The bill works out to about $160 for every resident.
February 25, 2002 |
Tens of thousands of Moldovans streamed into this capital Sunday, answering nationalists' calls for a show of people power to try to overthrow the Communist government. Carrying banners reading, "Stop the Red Terror!" and "The Communists Are Terrorists," an estimated 70,000 people from the 4-million population poured into Chisinau's central square.
August 13, 1986 |
East Germans celebrated the Berlin Wall's 25th anniversary today with a massive rally and military parade, sparking an immediate U.S. protest that the marching troops violated postwar agreements. The U.S. mission in West Berlin said the parade was a "clear-cut violation" of postwar agreements barring the presence of East German troops in East Berlin and West German troops in West Berlin.
July 9, 2011 |
Garang Yai was 7 when government soldiers burned down his village, forcing him to flee to Ethiopia, a three-month walk that many of his fellow refugees didn't survive. One of the famous "Lost Boys," Yai eventually found refuge in the United States. Now a U.S. citizen, he lives in Virginia and works as a university custodian. Photos: Independence celebration Yai, 31, flew back to Sudan this week to celebrate an occasion that has drawn thousands of exiles like him: the independence of the Republic of South Sudan after a generations-long war that left more than 2 million people dead.
October 5, 1993 |
With every ear-shattering thud of a tank shell, Irina Vladimirovna Frolova's heart skipped a beat. The retired, white-haired sewing machine operator stood Monday afternoon on the opposite bank of the Moscow River from the Parliament, risking her life with thousands and thousands of fellow Russians to watch the battle unfolding before her eyes.
September 26, 1993 |
The historic showdown ignited five days ago when President Boris N. Yeltsin dissolved Russia's Parliament fizzled Saturday into an exchange of theatrical insults as many lawmakers left their besieged and barricaded headquarters and headed home. The slow death of the Congress of People's Deputies moved the focus of resistance to Russia's regional legislatures, many of which are threatening to withhold taxes and block Yeltsin's plan for election of a new Parliament in December.
October 1, 1993 |
Representatives of President Boris N. Yeltsin and the leadership of the Russian Parliament early today reached a tentative agreement to end the siege of the Parliament building in return for the disarming of extremist guards inside, according to news reports here. The reports, quoting Yeltsin's chief of staff, Sergei A. Filatov, said that the government had agreed to partially restore electricity and communications to the besieged Parliament if its guards put aside their weapons.