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September 14, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Los Angeles Times
A leaked government document instructing French police to prioritize the systematic elimination of illegal Roma shanty towns, above other unauthorized squats, is fueling accusations that the state is discriminating against a specific group. The letter dated Aug. 5 from the Interior Ministry to local police prefects calls for "systematic steps for the dismantling of illicit camps, in priority those of the Roma . " The circular, published by French news media late Friday, has supplied evidence for human rights groups and other individuals to take legal action against the government over its drive to rapidly dismantle illegal camps and deport Roma, also known as Gypsies, to Bulgaria and Romania.
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February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
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October 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.
WORLD
October 25, 2013 | By Janet Stobart
LONDON -- DNA tests have confirmed that a Bulgarian Roma couple are the parents of Maria, a blond, green-eyed 4-year-old girl taken by police in central Greece last week from the Roma settlement where she was living, Bulgarian authorities said Friday. Authorities undertaking a drug raid had arrested a Greek Roma couple, Crhostos Salis, 39, and Eleftheria Dimopoulou, 40, suspecting Maria had been abducted. The couple, still jailed, said they had informally adopted her from her Bulgarian Roma parents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child. It's a little weird. But it's not exactly rare. When I heard about the two Roma families in Ireland whose young kids were snatched up this week by police on suspicion they'd been stolen because they were lighter-complected than the rest of their family, I had a creepy feeling. Sure enough, the children, a now-traumatized 7-year-old girl from a Dublin suburb and 2-year-old boy from a town in the Irish Midlands, turned out to be genetic matches with their parents.
WORLD
October 23, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A blond-haired girl taken from a Roma couple in Ireland has been reunited with them after DNA testing confirmed that she is their biological daughter, and a towheaded boy was returned to his family following similar tests, Irish media and government officials said Wednesday. The two youngsters were separated from their families amid worldwide interest in an unrelated case of a fair-haired child, known as Maria, who was discovered in Greece last week in the home of a Roma couple who claimed falsely to be her parents.
WORLD
August 13, 2010 | By Devorah Lauter, Special to the Los Angeles Times
To survive, her grandparents ate grains of corn they picked out of horse excrement. "It was real misery, not like now," said Ellena, who calls herself a Gypsy but prefers Roma because, she adds with a smile showing two gold-capped teeth, the name "demands respect. " Her grandparents traveled through Germany and Russia, escaping Nazi death camps. And before that, their ancestors suffered persecution in neighboring European countries. Now Ellena, 26, who withheld her last name because she does not have a French residency permit, lives in a camp about a 40-minute Metro ride northeast of the Eiffel Tower in a low hut built out of scavenged scraps of wood and fabric.
TRAVEL
February 21, 2014 | By Diane Haithman
BODVALENKE, Hungary - I'm not sure what I expected to bring back from an eight-day luxury tour of Budapest, Hungary, and environs. Memories, photos of Art Nouveau architecture, a few extra pastry-induced pounds and a lifetime supply of sweet paprika, maybe. I never thought I'd find myself, just a month later, Skyping at 7 a.m. about a storm that had recently hit the village of Bodvalenke, about 150 miles northeast of Budapest, not far from the Slovakian border. Hailstones the size of walnuts had caused flooding and decimated the natural vegetation and local crops, one of the village's few sources of income.
SPORTS
June 9, 1989
Police in Pisa, Italy, will tighten security for Sunday's championship game between Pisa and A.C. Milan in the wake of reports that Roma fans are planning to avenge the death of Antonio De Falchi, 19, a Roma follower who died of heart failure after an attack June 4 by hooligans outside Milan's stadium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 24, 2013 | By Robin Abcarian
No one ever accused me of stealing my own baby, but I know what it feels like to be the olive-skinned, dark-eyed mother of a fair-haired, blue-eyed biological child. It's a little weird. But it's not exactly rare. When I heard about the two Roma families in Ireland whose young kids were snatched up this week by police on suspicion they'd been stolen because they were lighter-complected than the rest of their family, I had a creepy feeling. Sure enough, the children, a now-traumatized 7-year-old girl from a Dublin suburb and 2-year-old boy from a town in the Irish Midlands, turned out to be genetic matches with their parents.
WORLD
October 23, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - A blond-haired girl taken from a Roma couple in Ireland has been reunited with them after DNA testing confirmed that she is their biological daughter, and a towheaded boy was returned to his family following similar tests, Irish media and government officials said Wednesday. The two youngsters were separated from their families amid worldwide interest in an unrelated case of a fair-haired child, known as Maria, who was discovered in Greece last week in the home of a Roma couple who claimed falsely to be her parents.
WORLD
October 22, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON - Authorities in Ireland have taken custody of a child described as a blond-haired, blue-eyed girl in the care of a Roma family she did not resemble, the second such case in Europe in a week. Police said Tuesday that they took the girl into custody Monday afternoon in a neighborhood in southwest Dublin. They have turned the youngster over to the care of Ireland's health authority. A police spokesman did not offer any other details about the case. But Irish media described the girl as a fair-haired 7-year-old in good health who had been living with a Roma family.
WORLD
October 18, 2013 | By Carol J. Williams
Greek police announced Friday that they were seeking the biological parents of a blond, blue-eyed girl about 4 years old who was found during a raid two days earlier on a Roma camp in central Greece, news media reported from Athens. The child, who was called Maria, was spotted by a female prosecutor who accompanied police on the raid and became suspicious of the girl's origins because she looked nothing like the couple who initially claimed to be her parents, the ekathimerini news site reported.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 3, 2013 | By T.L. Stanley
Mark Burnett, one of the most prolific reality-show producers on television, is going from scorched earth to burning bush. The former military paratrooper who made his name in Hollywood with back-biting, take-no-prisoners programs such as "Survivor," now in its 26th season, and "Celebrity Apprentice," is tackling the Bible in a 10-hour miniseries that marks his first foray into the scripted genre. The show, which launches Sunday on History channel and runs on consecutive Sundays through Easter, covers the Old and New Testaments and cherry-picks some of the best-known stories from Genesis to Revelation.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 13, 2013 | By Susan Stone
BERLIN -- For his new film, “An Episode in the Life of an Iron Picker,” premiering Wednesday at the Berlin Film Festival, Bosnian director Danis Tanovic ripped the story -- and its protagonists -- straight from the headlines. Tanovic's debut, “No Man's Land,” won multiple awards, including an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 2002 for foreign language film. The director found his new film when he read a newspaper story about a Roma woman who almost died after being repeatedly denied medical coverage following a miscarriage.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 28, 2009 | Associated Press
At first, fans politely applauded the Roma performers sharing a stage in Bucharest with Madonna. Then the pop star condemned widespread discrimination against Roma, or Gypsies -- and the cheers gave way to jeers. The sharp mood change that swept the crowd of 60,000, who had packed a park for Wednesday night's concert on the singer's "Sticky and Sweet" tour, underscores how prejudice against Gypsies remains deeply entrenched across Eastern Europe. Madonna did not react to the crowd and carried on with her concert.
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October 23, 1997 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands attended the funeral of a 13-year-old Roma boy allegedly killed by skinheads. The mourners then marched through downtown in the capital, Belgrade, to protest right-wing violence. "Knowing what skinheads do in other countries, we are terrified," said Dragoljub Ackovic, an activist representing the estimated 80,000 Gypsies--or Roma, as they prefer to be called--in the republic of Serbia.
WORLD
August 9, 2012 | By Kim Willsher, Los Angeles Times
PARIS - French police on Thursday cleared out two illegal settlements of Roma in Lille, provoking the fury of immigrant organizations that accused the country's new Socialist leader of reneging on election promises and behaving like his conservative predecessor. The government of President Francois Hollande said it had acted because the camps posed a risk to public health. The raid appeared to be part of a national wave. On Wednesday, police targeted two illegal Roma settlements, home to about 160 people, in a northern district of Paris and several camps in the southeastern city of Lyon and the southern port of Marseille.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 16, 2012 | By Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
"American Gypsies" is a new reality series from National Geographic Channel, and perhaps the clearest indication yet that the magazine and the TV network that shares its name are operating on different principles and standards of veracity. Produced by Ralph "Karate Kid" Macchio, it takes whatever might be enlightening or moving about the subject and crams it into the standardized strictures of what has become the lowest form of television, however much you want to intellectualize your love of "The Real Housewives of Whatever.
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