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February 6, 1994 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Car dealer is not the normal career path to foreign service, but if Sidney Williams prevails, he will go from being a Mercedes-Benz dealer in Hollywood to being the U.S. ambassador to the Bahamas. At 51, Williams has been a lot of other things, too: former professional football player (Cleveland Browns, Washington Redskins), aide and chief of staff to former Los Angeles City Councilman David Cunningham, a minority business developer with former teammate Jim Brown.
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April 26, 2001
President Bush announced Wednesday that he will nominate Orange County businessman George Argyros, 64, as U.S. ambassador to Spain. "George Argyros is a leader in his community who has been active in numerous civic, cultural and philanthropic organizations," Bush said in a statement released by the White House. "His experience in trade policy and foreign affairs, as well as his interest in education and the arts, will make him an excellent ambassador to Spain."
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January 6, 1991 | KENNETH FREED, TIMES STAFF WRITER
U.S. military autopsies show conclusively that two American soldiers were "murdered in cold blood . . . executed" by Salvadoran guerrillas after they had survived a crash-landing of their helicopter, U.S. Ambassador William G. Walker said Saturday.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 26, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO and ANN CONWAY, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Orange County businessman George Argyros and his wife, Judie, leave for Virginia next month to attend a two-week school run by the State Department for new ambassadors and their spouses. That's because President Bush announced Wednesday that he will nominate Argyros, 64, to become "Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the United States of America to Spain."
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July 22, 1999 | JOHN BALZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A lengthy quest by former state Sen. Diane Watson for an ambassadorship paid off Wednesday when she became the U.S. envoy to the Federated States of Micronesia, a 1,700-mile-long chain of tropical islands in the Pacific Ocean. Watson, 65, was sworn in at a State Department ceremony during which her 90-year-old mother, Dorothy Watson, held the Bible. The new ambassador is scheduled to leave for Micronesia in October. A Los Angeles native, Watson won her state Senate seat in 1978.
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August 18, 1988 | NORMAN KEMPSTER and JIM MANN, Times Staff Writers
President Reagan pledged Wednesday that U.S. military aid for Pakistan will continue undiminished despite the death in a plane crash of autocratic President Zia ul-Haq, but American foreign policy experts said a period of instability that could damage U.S. policy from Afghanistan to the Persian Gulf is almost a certainty.
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November 9, 1989 | Associated Press
President Bush has announced that he will nominate Cynthia S. Perry, the ambassador to Sierra Leone in west Africa, to be ambassador to Burundi in east Africa. If confirmed by the Senate, she would succeed James Daniel Phillips.
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June 3, 1989 | WILLIAM R. LONG, Times Staff Writer
The possibility that Richard Melton, a State Department official with a conservative reputation, may be named ambassador to Brazil is raising waves of resistance in Latin America's largest country. The Brazilian Foreign Ministry is making it clear that it would prefer someone other than Melton to succeed Ambassador Harry W. Shlaudeman, who recently finished his assignment in Brazil. A report in the national newspaper Gazeta Mercantil said the ministry is resisting Melton's appointment because of his "turbulent professional background."
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October 11, 1988 | United Press International
William G. Walker, the new U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, fractured his left leg while parachuting and will return to the United States for treatment, U.S. Embassy sources said Monday. Walker, 53, was parachuting for recreation Sunday at the Ilopango air force base, about 4 miles east of the capital, when he hurt the leg while landing, they said. It was his first attempt at parachuting. Walker was reported to be in good condition.
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September 27, 1988 | DOYLE McMANUS, Times Staff Writer
When William G. Walker was nominated earlier this year as the U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, the former UCLA art student asked several old art-school friends in Southern California to lend him some of their paintings to decorate his embassy. "They wouldn't do it," Walker said with an air of amazement. "They seemed to think I was going down there with a secret mandate from the President to kill people." Walker, 53, embodies many of the paradoxes of U.S.
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April 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy Orange County businessman George Argyros' appointment as U.S. ambassador to Spain could come from the White House as early as today, sources told The Times. If Argyros is confirmed by the Senate, it would mean the departure from Orange County of the most visible and aggressive supporter for the county's most contentious public works project: building a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base.
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April 25, 2001 | JEAN O. PASCO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Wealthy Orange County businessman George Argyros' appointment as U.S. ambassador to Spain is imminent and could come from the White House as early as today, sources told The Times. If Argyros is confirmed by the Senate, it would mean the departure from Orange County of the most visible and aggressive supporter for the county's most contentious public works project: building a commercial airport at the closed El Toro Marine base.
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March 21, 2001 | From Associated Press
President Bush has tapped former business partner Mercer Reynolds as ambassador to Switzerland and two prominent Republican supporters for the top diplomatic posts in Italy and France. Bush intends to name California investment banker Rockwell A. Schnabel as ambassador to Italy and San Francisco banker Howard Leach ambassador to France, U.S. diplomatic officials said. Reynolds and Bush were partners in owning the Texas Rangers baseball team.
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March 3, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Sen. Dan Coats of Indiana, an also-ran for secretary of Defense, is President Bush's choice to be the next U.S. ambassador to Germany, U.S. officials said. They said former Sen. Howard H. Baker Jr. is the front-runner to be ambassador to Japan. Coats, 57, would succeed John C. Kornblum, a career foreign service officer and expert on Germany. Baker, 75, would replace former House Speaker Thomas S. Foley, one of several prominent politicians who have held the post in Tokyo.
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February 28, 2001 | VALERIE REITMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A special envoy from Washington delivered a personal apology Tuesday from President Bush to Japanese Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori for a U.S. submarine's collision with a Japanese trawler that left nine people missing and presumed dead. The envoy, Navy Adm. William Fallon, also met today with Cabinet ministers and the fathers of two of the students who apparently died in the crash to apologize for the Feb. 9 tragedy.
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February 16, 2001 | ROBIN WRIGHT, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Bush made a rousing promise Thursday to stay engaged abroad with "purpose and humility" because the United States' "commitments and responsibilities span the world." As he prepared to visit Mexico today, his first foreign trip as president, Bush told diplomats and analysts at the State Department that the goal of his administration is to convert the clout of the United States into "generations of democratic peace" worldwide.
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June 5, 1991 | ROBERT SHOGAN, TIMES POLITICAL WRITER
"The first thing I'm going to do is go to Israel and court Premier (Menachem) Begin's wife like she was an 18-year-old schoolgirl," Robert S. Strauss told a friend in 1979 when President Jimmy Carter named him special envoy to the Mideast. "Then, I'll go to Egypt and court President (Anwar) Sadat's wife the same way." Before long, Strauss predicted, "one of those ladies is going to turn around in bed to her husband and say: 'You know, that little Bobby Strauss is not such a bad guy.
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August 30, 1989 | NORMAN KEMPSTER, Times Staff Writer
The Bush Administration recalled its ambassador to Bulgaria, Sol Polansky, on Tuesday to protest the Sofia regime's continuing oppression of the country's ethnic Turkish minority, which has caused about 310,000 people to flee to Turkey in the past three months. State Department spokesman Richard Boucher said Polansky was ordered to return to Washington "for consultations." On the traditional list of diplomatic gestures, the action is less severe than a formal breach in relations.
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September 24, 2000 | BOB DROGIN and MARY CURTIUS, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
The unexpected benching of the U.S. ambassador to Israel, Martin Indyk, for alleged security violations has complicated the Middle East peace process but isn't likely to sabotage efforts to negotiate a new agreement between Israel and the Palestinians, experts in Washington and Jerusalem said Saturday.
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April 10, 2000 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
American diplomat Thomas P. Carroll apparently had no clue he was a target of investigation when he landed in Miami last month on a flight from the Caribbean nation of Guyana, where he had been posted for two years. And when he met that day at Miami International Airport with his successor as chief of the U.S. Embassy's non-immigrant visa section, it is unlikely Carroll knew he was being taped. His pitch to his replacement, according to an affidavit filed in U.S.
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