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August 5, 2009
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WORLD
April 27, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Tom Kington
Pope Francis proclaimed sainthood Sunday for a pair of former pontiffs, John Paul II and John XXIII, thrilling multitudes who gathered in St. Peter's Square and elsewhere to witness the double canonization. It was the first time in the history of the Roman Catholic Church that two ex-popes were canonized in the same event. Although the focus was on the late pontiffs, the elaborate ceremony and the global attention it generated seemed likely to provide another boost for the soaring reputation of Francis.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 22, 2009
WORLD
April 24, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman
JERUSALEM - Israel suspended its involvement in peace talks Thursday after a Palestinian deal that would bring the militant Islamic group Hamas into a broader Palestinian government. Israel's decision, announced after a six-hour Cabinet meeting, also calls for imposing new sanctions on the Palestinian Authority. "The government of Israel will not negotiate with a Palestinian government that relies on Hamas," a statement from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's office said, noting that the Cabinet decision was unanimous.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 28, 1993
Christopher Knight's rubber-stamp approval of Komar and Melamid's angels ("Leave Them to Heaven," March 7), which derive from Italianate cliches, is poor justification for the faux pas of having three white angels purportedly represent "Unity" in Los Angeles (March 7). For Knight to say the accessories to the white angels--abstract, geometric patterns of a Buddhist banner, a halo burst borrowed from pre-Columbian images of an Aztec deity, and a headpiece derived from Nigerian masks--"are emblematic of a variety of cultures from Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas that make up the democratic mix of latter-day Los Angeles" is like saying that because the all-white jury in the Rodney King beating trial wore black, brown, red and yellow shirts, they were representative of the multiethnic mix in Los Angeles.
WORLD
June 14, 2013 | By Henry Chu
LONDON -- The neophyte holders of two of Christendom's most venerable posts met for the first time Friday and spoke of fostering unity and understanding between their sometimes rival branches of the faith. Pope Francis and Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby exchanged warm words at the Vatican even as they acknowledged that relations between the Roman Catholic Church and the Anglican Communion had historically been, as the pontiff put it, “not without pain.” The Anglican Communion has its origins in the split from Rome by Henry VIII of England, who sought to divorce the first of his six wives but was refused permission by the pope.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- President Obama delivered an election-year pep talk to Democrats on Friday, thanking his congressional allies for showing courage and unity "under the most difficult circumstances" in budget battles with Republicans. Speaking at the House Democratic caucus' three-day retreat here, the president said the recent passage of a debt ceiling increase without any concession to Republican demands showed the power of a unified Democratic Party. But while praising the Democrats and offering Valentine's Day wishes to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, Obama notably did not repeat the prediction he made last year that she would regain her role as speaker after this November's elections.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 1, 1996
I disagree with Gloria Matta Tuchman ("Official Language Is Best Means for Multiple Cultures to Flourish," Orange County Voices, Aug. 18). The late U.S. Sen. S.I. Hayakawa was wrong when, in 1981, he introduced a constitutional amendment to make English the official language of the United States. Hayakawa meant well, but as you might recall, he slept more often than not in the Senate chambers as they were debating the social issues of the day. English-only legislation is unnecessary and biased against Chicanos, especially in the Santa Ana Unified School District, with a 50,000-student population, of which 78% are Latino.
WORLD
April 3, 2009 | Henry Chu, and Jim Puzzanghera and Paul Richter
Choosing compromise over division, leaders of the world's most important economies pledged Thursday to offer $1.1 trillion in loans and guarantees to countries most badly damaged by the global downturn, encouraging hopes that their concerted action could nudge the stalled world economy toward recovery. The measures announced at the Group of 20 summit in London may not constitute the "new global deal" called for by President Obama and the host, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 1, 2010 | By Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times
One is a Pentecostal, mostly African American congregation of 22,000, led by a world-renowned bishop with global ministries that extend to Africa and Haiti. The other is one of the largest Latino evangelical churches in the city, whose Spanish-language ministries serve more than 4,000 members, most of them Salvadoran and Mexican immigrants and their children. Located just four blocks apart along Crenshaw Boulevard in South Los Angeles, the two mega-churches — West Angeles Church of God in Christ and Iglesias de Restauracion — had never broken bread together, as cultural and linguistic differences kept them apart.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Rushdi Abu Alouf and Paul Richter
GAZA CITY - Rival Palestinian factions Fatah and Hamas on Wednesday announced a reconciliation deal to end their seven-year schism, in a further blow to U.S.-led efforts to broker a peace agreement between the Palestinians and Israelis. Leaders of the groups said they will form a unity government within five weeks, solicit a vote of confidence from the Palestinian parliament, then schedule elections in six months. "This is good news to tell our people: The era of division is over," Ismail Haniyeh, prime minister of Hamas, declared at a news conference here.
WORLD
April 23, 2014 | By Batsheva Sobelman and Rushdi Abu Alouf
GAZA CITY -- The two main rival factions of Palestinian politics and society announced a reconciliation deal Wednesday that would mend a seven-year rift by forming a unity government and holding new elections. Following two days of discussions between delegations of Fatah and Hamas, leaders of the groups announced the agreement at a joint news conference. “This is the good news to tell our people: The era of division is over,” Hamas Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Patrick J. McDonnell and Alexandra Sandels
BEIRUT - Breaking a 10-month deadlock, Lebanon on Saturday unveiled a new unity government as leaders struggle to maintain stability despite profound political divisions and spillover violence from the war raging in neighboring Syria. “A government in the national interest was formed in a spirit of inclusiveness,” the new prime minister, Tammam Salam, a centrist, said in a television address. Squeezed between Syria and Israel along the Mediterranean, Lebanon has become a second theater of the Syrian war and a surrogate battleground for the regional rivalries fueling that conflict.
NEWS
February 14, 2014 | By Michael A. Memoli
CAMBRIDGE, Md. -- President Obama delivered an election-year pep talk to Democrats on Friday, thanking his congressional allies for showing courage and unity "under the most difficult circumstances" in budget battles with Republicans. Speaking at the House Democratic caucus' three-day retreat here, the president said the recent passage of a debt ceiling increase without any concession to Republican demands showed the power of a unified Democratic Party. But while praising the Democrats and offering Valentine's Day wishes to Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, Obama notably did not repeat the prediction he made last year that she would regain her role as speaker after this November's elections.
WORLD
December 5, 2013 | By Robyn Dixon
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - President Jacob Zuma appealed to fellow South Africans to live up to Nelson Mandela's ideals and realize his vision of a united country as he announced the death Thursday of the country's beloved former leader at the age of 95. "Fellow South Africans, Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell," Zuma said in a somber late-night televised address to the nation. In recent days, Mandela's daughter, Makaziwe, appeared to prepare the nation for this moment.
SPORTS
November 28, 2013 | Bill Plaschke
The former UCLA football player glistened with tough, his blade prosthetic a shiny blur as he sprinted into the Rose Bowl. This popular offensive lineman who lost his leg in a motorcycle accident 16 months ago brought the blue-clad crowd to its feet Saturday night as he led UCLA out of the locker room for the second half against Arizona State, thousands cheering the epitome of a gutty little Bruin. If only they had seen what happened next. If only they had seen their powerful Bruins symbol jog off into the deep embrace of the popular volleyball player who has been quietly carrying him through this nightmare.
SPORTS
July 27, 2012 | By Lisa Dillman
LONDON -- Organizers of the London Olympics did exactly what they intended. They surprised the world. Roger Bannister, the first man to break the four-minute barrier in a mile race, did not take the final torch leg to light the Olympic flame as many had expected. Instead it was a ceremony of inclusion. Seven young athletes, the hope of the sports future in Britain, were joined by past icons in the torch ceremony Friday night in the opening ceremony. The youngsters moved to the center of the field of play and each lighted a stem that ignited more than 200 petals.
NATIONAL
January 20, 2012 | By Lisa Mascaro, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Baltimore A former plastics salesman, House Speaker John A. Boehner stood before the unwieldy GOP majority with a pitch: Members must stick together like never before, not only for the sake of their agenda in Congress, but for the larger prize of reclaiming the White House this fall. It was a complicated sell at the GOP's annual retreat here as Boehner faced rambunctious lawmakers still intent on changing how Washington does business. Though Republicans said they were humbled and frustrated by last year's bruising political warfare, some in the tea-party-powered majority are ready to go at it again.
NATIONAL
October 16, 2013 | By Michael A. Memoli and Brian Bennett
WASHINGTON - In a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) listed the beliefs he said united Republicans, urging them not to "confuse tactics with principles. " "The differences between us are dwarfed by the differences we have with the Democratic Party," he declared. But in the Capitol's halls, as bruised and defeated Republicans discussed what had befallen them, those internal divisions seemed only to widen. "It's pretty hard when we have a circle of 20 people who stand up every day and say, 'Can we surrender today, Mr. Speaker?
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