September 27, 2006 |
Romania and Bulgaria gained support to join the European Union on Jan. 1. Formal approval is expected next month. The EU administrative body's backing was expected to be the last such move for some time, leaving Turkey, Croatia and other hopefuls on the sidelines. It urged the bloc to make aid to Bulgaria and Romania conditional on continued progress in cracking down on corruption and organized crime, improving justice and ensuring better food and aviation safety.
December 14, 2004 |
Bucharest Mayor Traian Basescu won an unexpected victory in Romania's presidential runoff election, ending a decade of rule by former communists. Basescu, a former ship captain, vowed to fight corruption, restore press freedoms and prepare Romania to join the European Union. He has also said he supports greater rights for gays. He defeated Prime Minister Adrian Nastase, who was supported by outgoing President Ion Iliescu. Final results showed Basescu won 51.
December 13, 1996 |
A reformist government forged from a political deal to overturn Romania's post-Communist legacy took office after parliament backed its pledges to speed up market-oriented change. "This is another kind of government, capable and willing to change Romania's fate," Prime Minister Victor Ciorbea said after taking the oath of office.
December 7, 2001 |
Pressured by countries such as the U.S., Spain and Israel, Romania allowed 49 orphaned children to be adopted by foreign families. The adoptions were granted despite a ban imposed in October at the request of the European Union. The EU, which Romania hopes to join by 2007, had criticized the country's treatment of orphans. At least 3,500 adoption cases were believed to be in the system when the ban was imposed. Demand for Romanian children led to the pressure to allow adoptions to resume.
October 13, 2005 |
The European Commission said it was banning the import of live birds and poultry from Romania after its experts confirmed a strain of avian influenza in samples from a Romanian duck and chicken. The Commission said its experts detected H5 virus strain in two Danube delta samples.
December 29, 2008 |
Iraq's Presidency Council ratified a parliamentary measure that clears the way for troops from Britain and a handful of other nations to stay in Iraq after a U.N. mandate expires at year's end. Forces from Britain, Australia, El Salvador, Romania, Estonia and NATO had been awaiting a new arrangement to legalize their presence.
April 25, 2006 |
Thousands of Romanians fled their homes and thousands more faced the same fate when the swollen Danube breached waterlogged dikes and threatened to break through more defenses. Fed by rain and melting snow, waterways have swamped vast tracts of land in Romania, Bulgaria, Serbia and Hungary this month, driving thousands from their homes.
July 19, 1986 |
After 24 years of coaching swimming and water polo at Crawford High School, Dick Draz finally has his wish of a swimming pool for his athletes. The pool comes with Draz's new position as swimming and water polo coach at San Diego Mesa College. Draz, who was recently named National Swimming Coach of the Year, will remain at Crawford as a health and physical education instructor. But he said that being forced to have workouts at pools throughout the county had begun to take its toll.
April 22, 2006 |
Romania breached a major dike to divert floodwater threatening villages in the Danube delta, and Hungary evacuated thousands of people as swollen rivers continued to spread havoc across Eastern Europe. Almost 8,000 people have fled their homes in the Balkans. Farther north, authorities in Hungary evacuated 4,500 more from three towns near the confluence of the Tisza and Koros rivers.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 2, 1992
Yes. Let's make abortion a crime. Let's force women to carry to term an unwanted pregnancy--even if she used birth control that failed. Let's not hold men at all responsible for conception when we judge her. Let's threaten her with loss of job and housing--even jail. Let's create orphanages full of tens of thousands of children these women can't care for. Where do you think we are? In Romania under brutal dictator Ceausescu? No, in the land of the free--in the United States! The consequences of giving the state this power over women can only be a complete disaster.