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West Germany is scrambling to prepare for an impending invasion from the East on a scale that North Atlantic Treaty Organization war games never dared to imagine. On Wednesday, the entire 90,000-strong East German Volksarmee will join forces with the West German Bundeswehr in a military merger of former foes.
January 24, 2013 | By Peter Hotez
Could "vaccine diplomacy" work on the Korean peninsula? The short answer is yes. North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, in a New Year's Day speech, called for reductions in international tension and an end to confrontation with South Korea, while raising the prospect of reunification between the North and South. Ultimately, science diplomacy could play an essential role in helping catalyze improved North-South relations in 2013, with joint programs for elimination of neglected diseases as a cornerstone.
October 17, 1990
A unified Germany after only 45 years. Who will tell the dead? MRS. W. SHUGART La Habra Heights
August 18, 2012 | By Renuka Rayasam, Los Angeles Times
BERLIN - After a career in tourism that took her around the world, Kristin Ruske finally moved back home to the eastern German city of Wittenberg in 2011. She had left when she was 21, making her way to Switzerland, Los Angeles and then western Germany. At first she enjoyed traveling the world, but she eventually began thinking about returning to her roots. "Even though I ended up back in Germany, I was homesick" for the east, said the 33-year-old. "But the opportunities just weren't there.
August 16, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Talks in Switzerland on the eventual reunification of Cyprus ended in failure after the Turkish and Greek Cypriot leaders clashed over the issue of the Mediterranean island's entry to the European Union. Glafcos Clerides, the Greek Cypriot leader, threatened to pull out of the talks if the EU delayed its plans to start entry talks for Cyprus early next year. Turkish Cypriot leader Rauf R. Denktash vowed to walk out if the plan went ahead.
February 28, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
The first week of a new round of negotiations to reunite the island of Cyprus has ended without progress, both sides said. "Progress isn't happening at the desired rate," Turkish Cypriot President Rauf R. Denktash said. Kypros Chrysostomides, a spokesman for the Greek Cypriot leadership, said: "I don't think we have reached the point where it may be said there is agreement on any particular point."
September 3, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian urged China to start a dialogue with the island but to leave the issue of reunification for future generations to resolve. Proposing to put aside the dispute on Taiwan's political status, Chen said the governments should not impose their wills on the Chinese people.
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev on Saturday assured West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl of Soviet support for the early reunification of Germany at a pace and in a way determined by East and West Germany themselves. Gorbachev, reaffirming what Moscow regards as the German "right of self-determination," in effect cleared the way for the opening on Tuesday of preliminary negotiations between East Berlin and Bonn on reunification by pledging to respect the outcome.
French President Francois Mitterrand declared Friday that he has no fears about a reunited Germany. Mitterrand, in Bonn for talks with West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on the rapidly moving political events in East Europe, told reporters: "I am not afraid of reunification. I think the desire for reunification is legitimate for the Germans. What counts above all is the determination and will of the people. No one can challenge that will."
January 14, 2012 | By Menelaos Hadjicostis
Reporting from Nicosia, Cyprus -- Rauf Denktash, the former Turkish Cypriot leader whose determined pursuit of a separate state for his people and strong opposition to the divided island's reunification defined a political career spanning six decades, died Friday. He was 87. Denktash, who had a stroke in May, died of multiple organ failure at a hospital in the Turkish Cypriot north of Nicosia, said Dr. Charles Canver, who had treated his heart condition. His death comes in the middle of yet another diplomatic drive to reunify Cyprus, which has been split along ethnic lines since 1974, when Turkey invaded the island in the aftermath of a short-lived coup by supporters of union with Greece.
December 1, 2010 | By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times
Is China really willing to dump its old ally, North Korea? Would Beijing support a German-style reunification of the Korean peninsula in which economic powerhouse South Korea absorbed its wretchedly poor communist neighbor? These may have been the impressions left by a stash of U.S. diplomatic cables relating to North Korea made public this week by WikiLeaks. But analysts who have followed the long entanglement of China and North Korea say that much of the information in the outed memos amounts to little more than dinner party chatter that reflects outdated opinion or wishful thinking.
September 26, 2010 | By Sam Butterfield, Special to the Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam The voice was guttural and raspy, the language deep and tonal. "Come and get your rice!" sang the man, a steward for Vietnam's national rail service. He wore a light blue apron over his blue button-down shirt and pushed a silver metal cart laden with cardboard packages of rice, scallions, sprouts and spring rolls. Behind him, a slender woman pushed a similar cart stocked with Bia Ba Ba Ba (333 Beer), thit kho bo (bagged beef jerky)
July 5, 2010 | Gregory Rodriguez
Kang Cheol-Hwan, North Korean defector and activist, thinks Kim Jong Il's brutal North Korean regime will collapse within three years, five years at the most. But the prospect doesn't make him giddy. On the contrary, the imminent fall of the one of the world's most repressive states just means more work. However much he wants North and South Korea to be reunified, he knows that how it happens is as important as reunification itself. "If it's done wrong, it will fail," Kang told me last week when he was in town to attend a conference on the fate of the North Korean regime.
December 18, 2009
Sold on Baja Re "Paradise, and peril, by the sea," Column One, Dec. 14 Thank you for printing an accurate story on Americans in Baja California. The violence in Baja, while frightening, has been almost exclusively within the drug trade. The random violence we see in the U.S. is unheard of in Mexico. In Long Beach, where I have lived all my life, we have had many shootings over the years, including the recent killing of an innocent girl at a local high school football game.
April 17, 2009 | Jim Peltz
Long Beach will play host to its grand prix auto race again Sunday and, for the first time in several years, all of the sport's top drivers will be there. Danica Patrick, Scott Dixon, Marco Andretti, Tony Kanaan and Ryan Briscoe are among the IndyCar Series drivers racing in the 35th Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach now that the two major U.S. open-wheel racing series have reunified.
July 5, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
Former President Bush inaugurated the new U.S. Embassy at its pre-World War II site, a return that he said symbolized the fulfillment of "a great and noble dream" of European freedom and unity. Bush, who was president when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and supported German reunification less than a year later, spoke alongside Chancellor Angela Merkel at the site in front of the Brandenburg Gate -- the symbol of Germany's postwar division and then of its unification. The embassy completes the post-reunification rebuilding of the Pariser Platz, in front of the gate, which once stood in the fortified no man's land behind the Berlin Wall.
August 30, 2006 | David Holley, Times Staff Writer
The upper part of Georgia's Kodori Gorge is a 25-mile stretch of narrow river valley, with steep slopes rising to snowcapped peaks. It boasts a few scattered villages and a population of about 4,000. In winter, snow cuts off the road to the Georgian capital. So it might seem a strange place for the headquarters of a regional government.
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