January 13, 1990 |
Confronted by thousands of angry protesters who had come together for a day of national mourning, interim President Ion Iliescu declared Friday that the Communist Party of Romania has been outlawed. Speaking from a balcony at the Foreign Ministry in Bucharest, where the new government makes its headquarters, Iliescu said, "The Romanian Communist Party is outlawed, considering that it is against the national spirit and our ancestors' law." "Down with communism! Down with Communists!"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 27, 2003 |
Buena Park voters will have the final say over whether "safe and sane fireworks" can be sold within city limits following a petition drive by opponents of the proposed ban that forced the City Council to put the issue on the ballot. The council voted 3 to 2 this year to ban fireworks in the interest of safety.
March 21, 2004 |
Several thousand opponents of President Hugo Chavez marched in Caracas, the capital, Saturday to protest what they condemned as political persecution and to demand a referendum on the leftist leader's rule. Chanting "Liberty!" and waving national flags, the protesters assailed what they called the illegal detention of opposition supporters during pro-referendum demonstrations in late February and early this month that ended in violence.
June 15, 2011 |
Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi faced fresh political uncertainty Tuesday after suffering a crushing loss at the polls that will make it more difficult for the longtime leader to keep his fragile government intact. In two days of balloting Sunday and Monday, voters overwhelmingly rejected key elements of Berlusconi's agenda in four referendums, including a plan to revive nuclear power and a measure to help Berlusconi and other legally embattled officials delay court proceedings against them.
May 27, 2005 |
Voters overwhelmingly cleared the way for Egypt's first contested presidential election, according to referendum returns released Thursday. Government opponents dismissed the results. It was a day of mixed news for President Hosni Mubarak as the White House denounced the beating of protesters during Wednesday's vote. "The idea of people expressing themselves in opposition to the government, and then getting a beating, is not our view of how democracy ought to work," President Bush said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 30, 1998 |
Voters in Buena Park next week might become the first Orange County community in years to pass a school bond issue. The $13.8-million referendum to mend overflowing toilets, rewire schools for increased computer capacity, rip out rusty pipes and recondition heating-and-cooling systems is backed by school and city officials and the chamber of commerce. Not only is there no organized opposition, but no one even filed an argument against the measure in the voter pamphlet.
May 22, 1998 |
Theobald Wolfe Tone, the leader of a failed Irish rebellion in 1798, slit his throat with a penknife while in British custody rather than accept that his dream of a free and united Ireland had been shattered. After 200 years and thousands of war dead, the heirs to Tone's nationalist struggle say they are fed up with violence. Today, they are expected to adopt a peace agreement that will, in effect, sanction Northern Ireland's union with Britain.
June 1, 2005 |
Britain's plan to hold a referendum on the proposed European Union constitution looked in doubt Tuesday, as Europeans sought to come to grips with French voters' rejection of the blueprint to further integrate the continent. British Prime Minister Tony Blair said the French "no" on Sunday posed a profound question about the future of Europe, and he hinted strongly that his government's plan for a referendum would be put on hold to allow a "period of reflection."
September 8, 1996 |
For centuries, most Japanese homes have had a sacred alcove to display the household's prize possessions: an ancient scroll, a seasonal flower arrangement, the family's samurai sword. But in the southern archipelago of Okinawa, which was an independent kingdom until Japan annexed it in 1879, the mainland's military traditions never took hold. Here, the object lovingly displayed in many alcoves, or tokonomas, is a musical instrument, the three-stringed sansen.
December 11, 2003 |
Brushing aside strong pressure from the United States, Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian vowed Wednesday to go ahead with plans to hold a national referendum in March on the highly sensitive issue of relations with China. Chen's remarks came less than 24 hours after President Bush publicly cautioned him against any unilateral action that might be construed as a move toward independence from mainland China. Beijing has threatened war if the island holds a vote on independence.