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December 20, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration denounced Romania as the last police state in Eastern Europe and vowed Tuesday to try to find a way to punish the regime for its bloody repression of anti-government demonstrators as reports of violence mounted. The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug cited reports, which it conceded were unconfirmed, that the death toll may have reached 2,000 in weekend clashes in western Romania near the Hungarian border.
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December 20, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Bush Administration denounced Romania as the last police state in Eastern Europe and vowed Tuesday to try to find a way to punish the regime for its bloody repression of anti-government demonstrators as reports of violence mounted. The Yugoslav news agency Tanjug cited reports, which it conceded were unconfirmed, that the death toll may have reached 2,000 in weekend clashes in western Romania near the Hungarian border.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 21, 1989
For nearly 25 years--until 1988--Romania's President Nicolae Ceausescu enjoyed a most-favored Communist relationship with the United States and many other Western countries. Soviet military forces were booted out of Romania in 1959, and Soviet advisers were never allowed to influence policy as much as in other Eastern European countries.
NEWS
July 21, 1996 | BOGDAN PREDA, ASSOCIATED PRESS
In the dozen years since he fled his native Sudan, Michael Kwan Mathed has wandered from country to country, trying to make his way to the West. His journey ended in January at the Romanian-Hungarian border, when he was arrested with a forged South African passport that he bought in Greece for $500. He was convicted of attempting to illegally cross the border and sentenced to 15 months in prison. Although he has been released, he is in limbo.
NEWS
December 23, 1989 | From Times Wire Services
Western leaders joined with Eastern leaders in applauding the downfall of Nicolae Ceausescu, the last hard-line ruler in the Soviet Bloc, and the 12-nation European Community pledged a $1.2 million grant in immediate aid to Romania. Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev read out a news update from the podium of Parliament. A Soviet Parliament member and space scientist, Roald Z. Sagdeyev, declared: "It's a holiday."
WORLD
October 9, 2005 | From Times Wire Services
The agriculture minister Saturday confirmed the country's first cases of avian flu and ordered the destruction of all birds in the village where it was detected to prevent the disease from spreading, the Anatolia news agency reported. Military police also set up roadblocks at the village near Balikesir in western Turkey, 250 miles from Istanbul. The officers checked vehicles to make certain no birds were being brought in or taken out.
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December 21, 1989 | CHARLES T. POWERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With his army on full alert, the nation's borders sealed and continuing protests against his police-state government, President Nicolae Ceausescu of Romania returned home from a visit to Iran on Wednesday and accused "fascists and reactionaries" and "imperialist espionage centers" for inciting the demonstrations.
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May 7, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Hundreds of thousands of Romanians surged across the border with Soviet Moldavia on Sunday in what was intended as a ceremony of friendship but testified to a strong demand for unity among another of Europe's divided people. Eight border crossings were thrown open to Romanians without visas, allowing the first unhindered movement in 50 years between the divided halves of Moldavia. The scene was as joyful as the mingling of East and West Germans when the Berlin Wall was opened last Nov. 9.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 25, 1988 | JEFFREY MILLER, Times Staff Writer
More than 40 years after he was forced to abdicate his throne by a newly installed communist government, Romania's last monarch received a royal welcome Sunday from Southern California's Romanian community. King Michael, 66, appeared at ceremonies in Glendale, Beverly Hills and Bellflower commemorating the 129th anniversary of the union of Moldavia and Walachia, an event that led to the union of Romania from a patchwork of principalities.
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September 5, 1999 | WES EICHENWALD, Wes Eichenwald is an American freelance writer based in Ljubljana, Slovenia
At a silent signal, up they rise from the vast expanse of Victory Square (Piata Victoriei), a three-block-long rectangle between the Metropolitan Cathedral and the Opera House. The pigeons flutter skyward, circling once, then again, before landing in dense clusters on the facades of Hapsburg-era buildings, most of them at least passably restored to house restaurants, shops and offices.
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