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April 26, 2007
Re "Hamas fires a barrage, ends truce," April 25 Truce? What truce? Terrorists in Gaza have been firing Kassam rockets almost daily into southern Israel, causing severe damage and human trauma, since the ill-named "truce" began in November. Or does The Times' definition of "truce" allow for rocket fire as long as it does not result in large body counts? Have we become this insensitive to violence? BEVERLY JACOBS Irvine
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WORLD
March 9, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
TAL KHALAKH, Syria - For more than a year, Ghassan Eid didn't speak to his son, Khaled, who abandoned his job as a policeman and joined the armed rebels. "I was ashamed," recalled the father, a shop owner in Tal Khalakh, long renowned as a smuggling hub with nearby Lebanon - and more recently as a cross-border terminus for arms and rebel fighters. "He was not my son anymore. " All that has changed. Khaled has renounced the uprising to oust President Bashar Assad and is studying to become a lawyer.
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OPINION
December 4, 1988
While we agree with the title of your editorial "Time for a Truce" (Nov. 16), we take strong exception to your observation that the so-called "compromise proposal" is the solution. As a matter of fact, we would characterize the proposal as a "surrender agreement" on the part of the Southern California Rapid Transit District. There are so many loopholes in the proposal (not the least of which is that the Proposition A discretionary funds are committed only for one year) that for the district to accept it would be a total abdication of responsibility.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | Sergei L. Loiko
A deadly confrontation in the Ukrainian capital eased, at least temporarily, late Wednesday when the government announced that it had reached a truce with opposition protesters who continue to occupy a square in central Kiev. The truce announcement came after a tense day in which the government warned that it was launching an "anti-terrorist operation" and President Viktor Yanukovich replaced the armed forces chief, who reportedly had been reluctant to use the army against civilian protesters.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 18, 1987 | From Reuters
President Oscar Arias Sanchez of Costa Rica welcomed a two-day Christmas cease-fire in Nicaragua but said Thursday that a longer truce is essential to Central American peace. Arias is visiting here after getting the Nobel Prize for his peace efforts in Central America.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 5, 1991
The Board of Supervisors on Tuesday extended its "sewer truce" with Malibu for another 180 days to give officials of the new city time to hire a consultant to assess its waste water needs. The board, which has been locked in litigation for years with residents of Malibu who oppose a proposed regional sewer, suspended the county's preliminary work on the project for 90 days on March 12. Disagreement among residents of Malibu on what to do with waste water has slowed formulation of a consensus.
NEWS
January 4, 1995 | Associated Press
Mortar and artillery fire rocked a northwest Bosnian border region Tuesday in new combat that threatened the latest hope for peace. The worst of the fighting was around Velika Kladusa, 25 miles north of the U.N. "safe area" of Bihac. Velika Kladusa is the stronghold of Fikret Abdic, a renegade Muslim leader who joined forces with Serbs from Bosnia and Croatia in a two-month assault on the government-held Bihac enclave.
WORLD
January 3, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
The Sri Lankan government has decided to formally end a cease-fire with Tamil Tiger rebels that had largely collapsed since a resurgence in fighting two years ago. The Cabinet unanimously approved Prime Minister Ratnasiri Wickramanayake's proposal to pull out from the 2002 truce, Media Minister Anura Yapa said.
NEWS
October 2, 1991 | From Associated Press
Fierce and widespread fighting shattered a nine-day-old truce in secessionist Croatia on Tuesday as the Yugoslav army went on the offensive in response to Croatian attacks on its bases. Statements from Croatia and the federal army said Tuesday's battles were among the worst since fighting erupted three months ago over the republic's June 25 independence declaration. At least 600 people have been killed and six cease-fires have failed.
NEWS
April 26, 1989
A weeklong truce was shattered when Muslim militia members, backed by Syrian gunners, exchanged artillery fire with Christian forces in and around Beirut, police said. Initial reports said one person was killed and 13 wounded in the four-hour shelling of the Lebanese capital. The flare-up came hours after the United Nations called on the warring factions to end six weeks of bloodshed--and on the eve of a conference of Arab League foreign ministers in Tunis aimed at solving the conflict.
WORLD
February 20, 2014 | By Sergei L. Loiko, This post has been updated. See the notes below for details.
KIEV, Ukraine -- At least 20 protesters were killed Thursday morning as gunfire rang out in central Kiev, breaking the shaky truce reached between President Victor Yanukovich and opposition leaders the previous night. Oleh Musiy , chief of the protest camp health service, told The Times that dozens were injured. [Updated, 8:20 a.m. PST Feb. 20: Musiy later raised the death toll among protesters to at least 70, the Associated Press reported. ] [Updated, 11:46 a.m. PST Feb. 20: Ukrainian authorities reported that three police officers died in the clashes, the AP said.
WORLD
January 19, 2014 | By Raja Abdulrahim and Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - In the lead-up to the so-called Geneva II peace conference this week, the Syrian government has quietly pursued a campaign of truce-making with opposition-held communities in and around Damascus that could further weaken the opposition movement and bolster President Bashar Assad's global standing. For months, the government has been negotiating cease-fires with civilian leaders of neighborhoods and suburbs of the capital that have been under the control of opposition fighters and therefore under bombardment and sieges that have kept food and medicine from reaching residents.
WORLD
January 17, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT -- The Syrian government Friday said it had presented plans to its Russian allies for a cease-fire in the northern city of Aleppo and an exchange of prisoners with the opposition in advance of peace talks next week in Switzerland. The announcement in Moscow by Walid Moallem , the Syrian foreign minister, appeared to be a significant development in advance of possibly landmark peace talks slated to begin Wednesday in the Swiss city of Montreux . The proposals would also seem to put the government of President Bashar Assad , whom the opposition has been fighting to topple, at the center of the cease-fire plan.
SPORTS
November 5, 2013 | By David Wharton
Politics and the Olympics have always made for an uneasy pair. The International Olympic Committee has traditionally tried to keep a church-state separation but, as a global entity, keeps bumping into government policy. On Wednesday, IOC President Thomas Bach will address the United Nations to ask for an Olympic truce -- a cessation of all hostility during the 2014 Sochi Games from Feb. 7 to 23. The proposed truce will be introduced by the Russian Federation on behalf of the IOC. The tradition dates back to the 9th century BC and was reintroduced to the Modern Games in 1992.
BUSINESS
June 14, 2013 | By Chris O'Brien
Laying aside years of bad blood that has at times threatened to spill into open warfare, the mayors of San Francisco and New York City agreed Friday afternoon to a digital detente that will include co-hosting a technology summit this year.  Known humbly as the Bloomberg Technology Summit, the conference will bring together tech leaders, politicians and other assorted Internet types (cats?) to discuss how the cities can grow their tech economies while also tapping those same ideas to solve the host of social, economic and cultural problems plaguing both metropolises.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | George Skelton, Capitol Journal
SACRAMENTO - Obamacare is supplying fresh ammunition for one of the oldest turf wars in Sacramento. It pits doctors - represented by the politically powerful California Medical Assn. - defending their turf against other medical providers. They're nurse practitioners, optometrists and pharmacists. In political speak, it's about "scope of practice" - the type of medical care non-doctors are allowed to provide. The war has been waged for many decades, at times also involving chiropractors, podiatrists and any number of medical professions trying to encroach on the docs' terrain.
BUSINESS
September 16, 1986
As part of the plan, the giant multinational resource company said Robert Holmes a Court will be given a seat on its board. His main rival, Elders IXL Chairman John Elliott, who played a key role in thwarting Holmes a Court's bold takeover bid, will also become a member of the board. Broken Hill Proprietary Chairman Sir James Balderstone said in a statement that his company and Holmes a Court would drop all legal actions connected with the takeover battle.
BUSINESS
July 23, 1985 | VICTOR F. ZONANA, Times Staff Writer
Sir James Goldsmith and Crown Zellerbach called a five-day truce in their marathon takeover battle Monday after a group led by Goldsmith boosted its stake in the asset-rich forest products company to more than 50% of the outstanding common shares. In a joint statement, Zellerbach and Goldsmith's General Oriental Securities Limited Partnership said they are "engaged in discussions to resolve matters between them."
NEWS
March 21, 2013 | By Patrick J. McDonnell
BEIRUT - A jailed Kurdish militant leader called Thursday on guerrilla fighters battling Turkey's government to lay down their arms as part of a cease-fire, a development that could mark the beginning of the end of decades of bloody conflict that have cost some 40,000 lives. “Let guns be silent and politics dominate,” Abdullah Ocalan, imprisoned  head of the outlawed PKK (Kurdistan Workers' Party), said in a message read at a massive rally in the southeastern Turkish city of Diyarbakir, Reuters reported.  “The state has been reached where our armed forces should withdraw beyond the borders.
WORLD
March 11, 2013 | By Paul Richter and Jung-yoon Choi, Los Angeles Times
WASHINGTON - The Obama administration reacted with new sanctions and blunt warnings Monday to a North Korean declaration that it had "completely scrapped" the 1953 armistice that ended the Korean War. Sharpening the tensions on the peninsula, the North Korean regime declared in the party newspaper Rodong Sinmun that the 60-year-old truce was over and "the time for final showdown has arrived. " It severed a hotline that has been used to prevent an unintended confrontation between North and South Korea and angrily condemned a 13,000-troop U.S.-South Korean military exercise that began Monday.
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