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May 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Nearly 1 million abortions were performed in Romania in 1990, the year after a ban was lifted following the ouster of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, health experts say. That amounted to three abortions for every birth, the officials said. Speaking at a conference on sex education, the Romanian health experts said Saturday that the government will try to reduce the number of abortions by sharply raising fees and by introducing sex education in schools.
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May 13, 1991 | Associated Press
Nearly 1 million abortions were performed in Romania in 1990, the year after a ban was lifted following the ouster of Communist dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, health experts say. That amounted to three abortions for every birth, the officials said. Speaking at a conference on sex education, the Romanian health experts said Saturday that the government will try to reduce the number of abortions by sharply raising fees and by introducing sex education in schools.
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May 18, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On cold days, the heat is allowed to rise above 60 degrees in mental hospitals and orphanages, places that six months ago were frigid chambers of horror. Health officials have ordered an end to the crude ritual of injecting newborns with adult blood, a formerly common practice that spread the deadly AIDS virus to hundreds of infants.
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May 18, 1990 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On cold days, the heat is allowed to rise above 60 degrees in mental hospitals and orphanages, places that six months ago were frigid chambers of horror. Health officials have ordered an end to the crude ritual of injecting newborns with adult blood, a formerly common practice that spread the deadly AIDS virus to hundreds of infants.
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November 20, 1989 | From Associated Press
To the applause of the faithful, President Nicolae Ceausescu today rejected the democratic reforms sweeping most of the rest of the East Bloc in a five-hour speech to a congress of the ruling Communist Party. "The ruling out of the capitalist system . . . is the leading requirement for the creation of a just society," the orthodox leader told more than 3,000 delegates packing downtown Palace Hall.
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October 7, 1990 | DAN PETREANU, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Nearly 500,000 women have had an abortion since the overthrow of dictator Nicolae Ceausescu, who had banned the procedure. Health authorities are offering contraceptives and sex education, but they are stymied by an ignorance of contraception and an indifferent attitude toward abortion, which costs less than $2 in some places. Under Ceausescu, who was obsessed with increasing Romania's population of 23 million, contraception was unknown and abortion, with few exceptions, was prohibited.
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October 12, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
If any of the Romanian Gypsies being expelled from Germany should try to settle in this shabby hamlet, Radu Eugen says, the locals know how to deal with them. Their houses and wagons will be torched and the families hounded out of town. "We don't want them to come back here. There has been peace and security since they left last time, and we don't want any more trouble," said the 23-year-old carpenter who joined in the sacking and burning of a Gypsy settlement here 18 months ago.
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December 27, 1989 | From Reuters
The new Romanian government set a surrender-or-die deadline for former secret policemen today, and the International Red Cross said some of Nicolae Ceausescu's dreaded gunmen may be masquerading as relief workers. The forces loyal to the executed dictator have until 5 p.m. (7 a.m. PST) Thursday to give themselves up and turn in their weapons, a decree signed by provisional leader Ion Iliescu said.
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August 29, 1991
Soviet Union's 287 million people consist of more than 100 officially recognized ethnic or national groups living in 15 union republics, 20 autonomous republics, eight autonomous regions and 10 autonomous areas. The Russian Federation, with about 148 million people and 76% of the land, is largest. About 60 million Soviets live outside their "home" republics, including 25 million Russians, partly because of policies to "Russify" parts of the Baltics, Ukraine and Kazakhstan.
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December 29, 1989 | DAVID LAUTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The young woman, her dark hair tied back in a long braid, sat in the chair by the fire, her face pulled tight by the unsuccessful effort to hold back tears. "I am sorry," Dmitra said, "I do not mean to offend, but the rest of the world--journalists, everyone--watches this like some kind of movie, something not real. "For us," she said, "it is real. We have a different kind of psyche now. It is something manufactured by Ceausescu."
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November 12, 1991 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
On the grimy streets of Bucharest, the first sprouts of capitalism can be seen in the proliferation of shops selling "luxury goods" such as juice and macaroni. In Sofia, the Bulgarian capital that is facing another winter of candlelight and cold, curious strollers often crowd around the few private bars and restaurants to gawk at those rich enough to buy something inside.
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May 5, 1992 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A light spring breeze blows out at least three matches before Eugenia Stanciu succeeds in lighting a candle and fixing it to the sooty brick atop the grave of Nicolae Ceausescu. She lays a handful of red tulips onto a pile of wilted floral tributes and stands back to pay her respects to the conducator , the fuehrer , the man once known to 23 million Romanians as the "Genius of the Carpathians." "He was our master.
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