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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.
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 24, 2010 | By Barbara Demick
The telephones kept ringing with more orders and although Duan Yuelin kept raising his prices, the demand was inexhaustible. Customers were so eager to buy more that they would ply him with expensive gifts and dinners in fancy restaurants. His family-run business was racking up sales of as much as $3,000 a month, unimaginable riches for uneducated Chinese rice farmers from southern Hunan province. What merchandise was he selling? Babies. And the customers were government-run orphanages that paid up to $600 each for newborn girls for adoption in the United States and other Western countries.
November 11, 2009 | Martha Groves
When television producer Sibyl Gardner adopted a baby girl in China in 2003, the official story was that the infant had been abandoned on the steps of the salt works in the city of Guangchang, where a worker found the day-old child and took her to a social welfare institution. But after reading with "utter horror" the latest revelations of child trafficking in China in the Los Angeles Times, Gardner found herself contemplating a trip to back to Jiangxi province to investigate how Zoë, now 7, came up for adoption.
September 26, 2013 | By Barbara Demick
BEIJING - Chinese people switching on their 7 p.m. television news might have done a double take, suspecting that the state broadcaster had mistakenly plugged in a tape from the 1970s before the death of Mao Tse-tung. For 24 minutes, the flagship Chinese news - probably the television program with the largest viewership - showed President Xi Jinping presiding over an extraordinary public session in which Communist Party cadres in engaged in self-criticism. Self-criticism, the Communist Party's equivalent of group psychotherapy, is a venerable tradition that has largely lost steam since the 1966-76 Cultural Revolution, when people denounced themselves and one another, donning dunce caps and delivering beatings.
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