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May 23, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has been watched anxiously by mainstream churches, the Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a damages trial against the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church for allegedly having used trickery and brainwashing to recruit two young members. The justices refused to hear an appeal by Moon's lawyers on grounds that the Constitution's guarantee of the "free exercise of religion" protected the church in proselytizing for new members. The high court action leaves intact a California Supreme Court ruling in October that the church could be held liable for lying and deceit by its members.
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March 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Pirates armed with machine guns pursued and captured a Norwegian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia, the owners said, less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area. The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they occurred in the same area but separate from the gulf, one of the world's busiest sea lanes. The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned Bow Asir was seized 250 miles off the Somali coast, said a European Union military spokesman.
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WORLD
March 27, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
Pirates armed with machine guns pursued and captured a Norwegian chemical tanker off the coast of Somalia, the owners said, less than 24 hours after a smaller Greek-owned vessel was seized in the same area. The U.S. 5th Fleet, which patrols the pirate-infested Gulf of Aden, confirmed both hijackings and said they occurred in the same area but separate from the gulf, one of the world's busiest sea lanes. The 23,000-ton Norwegian-owned Bow Asir was seized 250 miles off the Somali coast, said a European Union military spokesman.
WORLD
November 21, 2008 | Jeffrey Fleishman, Fleishman is a Times staff writer.
Worried that piracy could scare ships away from the Suez Canal, Egypt on Thursday held emergency talks with nations bordering the Red Sea on how to stop brazen Somali gunmen from hijacking oil tankers and other vessels. The Cairo meeting was called amid concerns that lawlessness was disrupting sea lanes and creating panic that might force shipping companies to avoid sailing the Red Sea region.
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | Associated Press
A Red Cross official met with the Palestinian group claiming to hold eight people hostage, but the official did not meet with the captives, the agency said Wednesday. Nicholas Roggo, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross, met Tuesday with members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group, according to Dominique Gross, the agency's chief delegate in Lebanon.
NEWS
March 19, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Greek police officers said Monday that they are holding a Palestinian convicted and sentenced in absentia for planning the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in which wheelchair-bound American tourist Leon Klinghoffer was murdered and dumped overboard. Palestinian Abdul Rahim Khalid, 50, was arrested March 5 along with Petros Floros and two other Greeks after a bomb was found in Floros' Athens house.
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Two deckhands were convicted Wednesday in a rare federal mutiny trial of murdering the skipper of a shrimp boat and trying to kill the first mate during a high-seas takeover. "Justice was done," first mate Willie Charpentier said after the U.S. District Court jury found Bill Gossett and William Rector guilty of five charges that could send them to prison for life.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The face flashed across the screen--a Palestinian, somewhere in the Middle East, smiling faintly. Lisa Klinghoffer, six months pregnant, was in her Greenwich Village apartment watching television with her husband. She saw the face and went cold, stiffening as if someone had splashed ice water on her spine. "I was paralyzed," said Lisa, 38. Then came the heat. "I started shouting. There he was, five years later, Abul Abbas, in the news again," she said, her throaty voice pitched and angry.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a former Palestinian guerrilla is immune from trial in Israel for the 1985 murder of an American aboard a hijacked cruise ship, officials said. Abul Abbas was sentenced in absentia by Italy to a life term for masterminding Palestinian guerrillas' seizure of the Achille Lauro, during which U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer, 69, was shot and killed. Abbas, who spent years in Baghdad, moved to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip last year.
NEWS
November 13, 1985 | From Reuters
An Italian magistrate said today that the four men who hijacked the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro and a fifth man would stand trial Monday on initial charges of possession of weapons and explosives. Deputy State Prosecutor Francesco Meloni told reporters that the summary trial against the four Palestinians and a fifth man arrested here five days before the liner set sail on its ill-fated voyage would probably last only one day.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled that a former Palestinian guerrilla is immune from trial in Israel for the 1985 murder of an American aboard a hijacked cruise ship, officials said. Abul Abbas was sentenced in absentia by Italy to a life term for masterminding Palestinian guerrillas' seizure of the Achille Lauro, during which U.S. citizen Leon Klinghoffer, 69, was shot and killed. Abbas, who spent years in Baghdad, moved to the Palestinian-ruled Gaza Strip last year.
NEWS
June 24, 1992 | From Associated Press
Scores of Somali refugees are believed to have drowned after jumping from a ship off the coast of Yemen, while others aboard the ship died of heat exhaustion, hunger and thirst, witnesses said Tuesday. U.N. officials said at least 120 people were dead, either aboard the ship or laid out on a beach. An unknown number of people were missing.
NEWS
March 19, 1991 | From Times Wire Services
Greek police officers said Monday that they are holding a Palestinian convicted and sentenced in absentia for planning the 1985 hijacking of the Italian cruise ship Achille Lauro in which wheelchair-bound American tourist Leon Klinghoffer was murdered and dumped overboard. Palestinian Abdul Rahim Khalid, 50, was arrested March 5 along with Petros Floros and two other Greeks after a bomb was found in Floros' Athens house.
NEWS
July 2, 1990 | GERALDINE BAUM, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The face flashed across the screen--a Palestinian, somewhere in the Middle East, smiling faintly. Lisa Klinghoffer, six months pregnant, was in her Greenwich Village apartment watching television with her husband. She saw the face and went cold, stiffening as if someone had splashed ice water on her spine. "I was paralyzed," said Lisa, 38. Then came the heat. "I started shouting. There he was, five years later, Abul Abbas, in the news again," she said, her throaty voice pitched and angry.
NEWS
May 23, 1989 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, Times Staff Writer
In a case that has been watched anxiously by mainstream churches, the Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for a damages trial against the Rev. Sun Myung Moon's Unification Church for allegedly having used trickery and brainwashing to recruit two young members. The justices refused to hear an appeal by Moon's lawyers on grounds that the Constitution's guarantee of the "free exercise of religion" protected the church in proselytizing for new members. The high court action leaves intact a California Supreme Court ruling in October that the church could be held liable for lying and deceit by its members.
NEWS
December 3, 1987 | Associated Press
Two deckhands were convicted Wednesday in a rare federal mutiny trial of murdering the skipper of a shrimp boat and trying to kill the first mate during a high-seas takeover. "Justice was done," first mate Willie Charpentier said after the U.S. District Court jury found Bill Gossett and William Rector guilty of five charges that could send them to prison for life.
NEWS
May 8, 1986 | Associated Press
An appeals court today upheld convictions on arms charges of four Palestinians accused in the hijacking of the cruise ship Achille Lauro but overturned the conviction of a fifth and reduced some sentences by up to two years. The court set aside the conviction of Bassam al Ashker on the ground that he was 17 and thus a minor at the time of the hijacking. For the same reason, al Ashker will not be a defendant in a scheduled trial on more serious charges.
NEWS
October 11, 1985 | United Press International
The Soviet Union, supporting President Reagan's policy of swift retribution against terrorists, today called for the death sentence for four Palestinian ship hijackers who killed an American hostage. But the official Tass press agency said the principle must be applied uniformly and called for the extradition of two Soviets living in New York who killed a stewardess while hijacking an airliner to Turkey in 1970. "There can be no good terrorists and bad terrorists," Tass said.
NEWS
November 12, 1987 | Associated Press
A Red Cross official met with the Palestinian group claiming to hold eight people hostage, but the official did not meet with the captives, the agency said Wednesday. Nicholas Roggo, an official with the International Committee of the Red Cross, met Tuesday with members of the Abu Nidal terrorist group, according to Dominique Gross, the agency's chief delegate in Lebanon.
NEWS
June 20, 1986 | Associated Press
The Achille Lauro hijacking trial adjourned abruptly today after two of the Palestinian defendants started yelling menacingly in Arabic across the courtroom. Prosecutor Luigi Carli looked shaken and refused to say whether he or any other authorities in the case had been threatened. He hurried out of the courtroom. The court interpreter was ordered not to translate the defendants' shouts for reporters.
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