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July 10, 2013 | By Susan Denley
Luxury fashion designer L'Wren Scott is teaming with Banana Republic on a holiday clothing collection, the retailer announced Wednesday. Scott -- a.k.a. Mick Jagger's girlfriend -- is known for sophisticated, high-end design, and, although she collaborated on a makeup collection with Lancome a couple of years ago, this is the first time she's joined forces with a mass market fashion retailer. The collection, due out Dec. 5, is to include more than 50 pieces of apparel and accessories, including sequined dresses, jeweled cardigans, tailored jeans and pencil skirts.
May 15, 2013 | By Richard Fausset
MEXICO CITY -- He's got to be wishing that  his daughter had just ordered takeout and gone home. The head of Mexico's consumer protection agency, Humberto Benitez Treviño, was fired Wednesday by President Enrique Peña Nieto, nearly three weeks after Benitez's daughter sparked a restaurant scandal that made her Internet infamous and sparked a national conversation about the petulance and lingering sense of entitlement of the Mexican ruling...
March 25, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon, Los Angeles Times
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The African Union suspended the Central African Republic on Monday and imposed sanctions after President Francois Bozize's ouster, warning that rebel coup leaders could face trial. In an ominous sign that could presage more fighting, the rebels appeared deeply divided, openly contradicting one another about who should be leader. One rebel leader threatened more violence, indicating he was willing to attack other rebels. South African President Jacob Zuma condemned the rebels as "bandits" at a news conference in Pretoria, confirming the deaths of at least 13 South African soldiers in a nine-hour battle.
March 24, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Rebels in the Central African Republic ousted President Francois Bozize on Sunday, forcing him to flee as they stormed the capital, seized the presidential palace and took control. Bozize left the capital early Sunday, AP reported, citing an advisor to the president. He went to neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, according to news agency reports. The rebels entered the capital overnight, with heavy fighting reported around the presidential palace.
March 19, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin, Los Angeles Times
SAN FRANCISCO - As the Dominican Republic danced through the night, the Dodgers held their breath. They must wait to see if their shortstop can play on opening day. Hanley Ramirez injured his right thumb in the championship game of the World Baseball Classic on Tuesday, in which the Dominican beat Puerto Rico, 3-0. Ramirez is expected to undergo an MRI exam Wednesday in Arizona, according to Dominican Republic General Manager Moises Alou....
March 18, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO - On the home front, the reviews for the World Baseball Classic have not been kind. The United States team was knocked out by Puerto Rico. The brightest American stars wanted no part of the tournament and, as a result, neither did the casual fan. None of this really bothers Bud Selig. If it bothers you, the commissioner said, you are missing the point. "Focusing on the United States team, frankly, is almost irrelevant," Selig said Monday. A tournament that started with 28 countries is down to two. The Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico - neighbors in the Caribbean - will play for the WBC championship Tuesday.
March 16, 2013 | By Bill Shaikin
SAN FRANCISCO -- All the kids played soccer. Loek van Mil wanted to be different, so he played baseball. This was in the Netherlands, two decades ago, where the youth coaches were the ones that had been exchange students in the United States during the disco era. Van Mil did balance drills, for no good baseball reason. "There is no real use in standing there like a flamingo," van Mil said. The coaches have gotten better, and so have the players. The Netherlands is in the semifinals of the World Baseball Classic for the first time, with a Monday date against the Dominican Republic.
January 11, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG - Opposition forces in the Central African Republic who took control of a large swath of the country in recent weeks have succeeded in forcing President Francois Bozize's government to share power, officials said Friday. In a deal averting a battle for control of Bangui, the capital, Bozize and the opposition agreed to a coalition government during peace talks in Libreville, the Gabon capital. Chad's foreign minister, Moussa Faki Mahamat, who attended the talks, released a statement announcing the peace agreement.
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