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April 27, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Myanmar troops have uprooted more than 11,000 ethnic minority civilians in their biggest offensive in almost a decade, a campaign punctuated by torture and killings, according to reports from inside the country and Thailand.
April 2, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
The government decided to relocate a quake-devastated city after experts declared that any new construction would be dangerous, a Cabinet minister said. Balakot, about 120 miles north of the capital, Islamabad, was destroyed when a 7.6-magnitude quake hit the country Oct. 8, killing 80,000 people. Thousands among Balakot's population of 300,000 died. Many were left homeless and are still living in tents. The new location for the city was not specified.
March 31, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
A Palestinian suicide bomber blew himself up just outside a Jewish settlement in the northern West Bank on Thursday night, killing four Israelis, authorities said. Israeli officials said it appeared that the bomber had hitched a ride with the Israelis, perhaps by disguising himself as a religious Jew, and then set off the explosives inside the vehicle as it approached the Kedumim settlement. "It seems that he hitchhiked.
March 29, 2006 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
Israelis set their country on course toward relinquishing dozens of settlements in the West Bank on Tuesday, voting heavily for parties that favor further withdrawals from Palestinian territories. The centrist Kadima party founded last year by Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will have the largest number of parliamentary seats, 28, according to nearly complete returns.
March 27, 2006 | Laura King and Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writers
Israel's national election Tuesday will serve as the clearest referendum yet on whether Israelis are willing to relinquish their hold on far-flung biblical sites like this settlement built where the Old Testament says the children of Israel divided their land according to lots.
March 12, 2006 | Josh Getlin, Times Staff Writer
When her doorbell rang at 3 a.m. on Friday, four days after Hurricane Katrina, Patricia Edwards opened the door and couldn't believe her eyes. There, standing on the lawn, were 40 members of her family. Toddlers and teenagers. Parents holding infants. Brothers and sisters. Cousins, uncles and aunts. Two days earlier, her mother had called from a Dallas motel, saying the family had fled New Orleans and had run out of money.
March 6, 2006 | Ken Ellingwood, Times Staff Writer
Israel will abandon more Jewish settlements in the West Bank if Ehud Olmert, the acting prime minister, and his Kadima party win an election this month, one of the party's leaders said Sunday. Israeli troops would remain after civilians are removed from isolated settlements and resettled elsewhere, said Avi Dichter, who formerly headed the Shin Bet domestic-security agency and now is a leading member of Kadima.
February 26, 2006 | John L. Mitchell, Times Staff Writer
There are moments when Jamar Franklin feels as if it's all a bad dream and he'll wake up back in New Orleans, relaxing on the lakefront with a bowl of crawfish, coaching high school basketball and preparing to host a houseful of guests for Fat Tuesday celebrations. "In my mind it's like I'm still going to Mardi Gras," the 31-year-old teacher said. "It still hasn't hit me that I won't be there. There are times when I'm in my room, I feel like I'm still in New Orleans, until I walk outside."
February 16, 2006 | Sam Quinones, Times Staff Writer
It seemed for a while that Hurricane Katrina might give St. Augustine parish -- home to one of the nation's oldest African American Catholic churches -- a reprieve. After years of seeing its attendance drop, the numbers climbed as people pulled together in churches that were spared devastation.
January 28, 2006 | Lianne Hart, Times Staff Writer
Eight gang members who moved here from New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina have been arrested as suspects in 11 slayings, police said Friday. The arrests follow a recent surge in violence in the Houston area, which police attribute partly to Katrina evacuees. A gang unit formed two weeks ago to investigate the crime wave has linked the killings to rival New Orleans gang members trying to get a foothold in Houston.
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