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September 14, 2008 | Carlos Valdez, Associated Press
Bolivian President Evo Morales decreed a state of siege and sent troops Friday to an eastern province where at least eight people were killed in clashes between opposition and government activists. Troops took control of the airport in Cobija, the capital of Pando province, and fired shots to disperse protesters. Opposition Sen. Ronal Camargo and Fides radio reported one person was killed and several wounded in the operation. But that information was not confirmed by Defense Minister Walker San Miguel, who announced the decree alongside Bolivia's interior minister.
January 21, 2003 | From Bloomberg News
British Columbia is open to using a U.S. proposal as the basis for settling a dispute over $6 billion a year in Canadian softwood-lumber exports, an official said, straining the country's common front in talks with the Bush administration. Mike de Jong, forestry minister for Canada's biggest lumber- producing province, said there is "some good stuff" in a plan submitted two weeks ago by U.S. Commerce Undersecretary Grant Aldonas.
December 11, 2008 | Tony Perry, Perry is a Times staff writer.
Just like in the classic movie "Lawrence of Arabia," the man's eyes are piercing below his tribal headdress. He looks straight at you with a determined, uncompromising stare. His word is law in his region of Anbar province. He allows no dissent in his tribe and is not opposed to using force to punish those he deems to be threats to him or his tribe. There are many Sunni tribal sheiks in Anbar, but there is only one Sheik Lawrence. His authority and name are inherited from his great-grandfather, one of the Bedouin leaders who rode beside the Englishman T.E. Lawrence during the World War I fight against the Ottoman Empire.
July 12, 2011 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
President Hamid Karzai's powerful and controversial half brother, Ahmed Wali Karzai, was shot and killed Tuesday by a senior member of his police security detail — an assassination that could set off a chaotic power struggle in a province considered key to Western military efforts. Ahmed Wali Karzai was the undisputed kingmaker of Kandahar province, the ancestral home of the Karzai clan, and word of his death sent shock waves through the province and Afghanistan's wider political world.
April 24, 2013 | By Ned Parker
BEIRUT -- Battles between Iraqi government forces and Sunni fighters left at least 17 people dead Wednesday as sectarian tensions showed little sign of abating and threatened an insurrection in Sunni provinces. Dozens of people were reportedly killed during two days of violence that started Tuesday after Shiite-led security forces stormed a Sunni protest camp in northern Iraq. Authorities announced Wednesday that 50 people had died the previous day in Kirkuk province, home to the town of Hawija, where the bloodshed started.
August 30, 2012 | By Laura King, Los Angeles Times
KABUL, Afghanistan - Not long ago, Bamiyan province was considered one of the most peaceful corners of Afghanistan, a remote and scenic enclave that was largely free of the daily violence that roils so much of the country. Now it may become a cautionary tale about the pitfalls of winding down the war here. In the summer of 2011, Bamiyan's tranquil image was such that it was picked as the country's first province for the transfer of fighting duties from Western forces to Afghan troops, a process that is to be replicated across Afghanistan in a prelude to the end of NATO's combat role in 2014.
November 20, 2011 | By Ruben Vives, Los Angeles Times
Two days after Army Staff Sgt. James M. Christen's death in Afghanistan this summer, his family and friends created a memorial page on Facebook. They shared photos and memories of Christen, 29, from the Placer County town of Loomis, northeast of Sacramento, as well of words of encouragement to his wife, Lauren, to whom he was married for eight years. "I will forever be proud of my husband for all [he] did and will miss him every second of everyday," his wife wrote on the website.
April 1, 2012 | By Los Angeles Times Staff
IDLIB, Syria - Scattered around the house that Abu Nadim once shared with his wife and five children are hints of its former existence: a SpongeBob SquarePants pillow, a baby's crib, a woman's purse. Now the four-room home is a bomb-making workshop. Bags of ammonium nitrate fertilizer, containers of peroxide and acetone and powdered aluminum cover the floor, along with boxes of wires, PVC pipes, computer parts and cigarette ash, as if someone had wandered through without thought for an ashtray.
January 3, 1991 | Reuters
At least 18 people were crushed to death and 34 injured in a stampede at an overcrowded movie theater in Guangdong province in southern China. The accident occurred Monday in an open-air theater near Shenzhen as a new audience crowded in at the end of the first showing.
October 14, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Nearly 1,000 children in a central Chinese province have tested positive for excessive levels of lead in blood. After reports of large-scale lead poisoning in Shaanxi province, the health bureau in the city of Jiyuan in Henan province tested 2,743 children. Signs of lead poisoning were found in 968 children who live near three smelters.
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