March 12, 1990 |
A senior West German official declared Sunday that only the four principal victorious World War II Allies could participate with Bonn and East Berlin in talks concerning German reunification. The statement by Interior Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble was certain to displease some other European nations, particularly Poland.
May 8, 1990 |
Six climbers from the United States, the Soviet Union and China reached the summit of Mt. Everest, the world's highest peak. The expedition was the first mounted jointly by the three nations on the 29,028-foot Himalayan peak. Bad weather delayed the climb, which had been planned for April 22 celebrations of Earth Day. Expedition members said one goal was to clean up garbage left by previous expeditions, either by burning it, burying it or hauling it down.
March 13, 1991 |
The Soviet Union probably will change its name to the Federation of Sovereign States, an aide to President Mikhail S. Gorbachev said. The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics must change its name because many of its 15 republics have dropped the words "Soviet" and "Socialist" from their own names, said Grigory Revenko, a presidential aide.
December 18, 1991 |
Soviet President Mikhail S. Gorbachev, finally yielding in his battle to preserve the crumbling Soviet Union, declared Tuesday that he will accept the new Commonwealth of Independent States as its constitutional successor and said he is now working for an orderly transition. Gorbachev later agreed with Russian Federation President Boris N.
February 3, 1990 |
The Soviets, or at least their television news broadcasts, are coming to Orange County. KOCE Channel 50, the county's Public Broadcasting Station, announced Friday that it will air "Vremya," the Soviet Union's official, government-produced nightly newscast, weeknights at 11:30 beginning Feb. 12 for a two-week trial run. A spokesman for WGBH in Boston, which is coordinating the broadcasts, said they will be delivered by satellite to about 30 U.S.
March 3, 2006 |
It has persisted as one of the most mysterious cases of international intrigue in recent times: Who shot the pope? A committee of Italy's Parliament investigating the 1981 attempt to assassinate John Paul II released its conclusion Thursday that "beyond any reasonable doubt" the Soviet Union ordered the attack that seriously wounded the pope as he greeted crowds in St. Peter's Square. The Turkish gunman, Mehmet Ali Agca, was long ago condemned in the shooting and served 19 years in jail.
November 18, 2002 |
Mikhail Pushnitsky, his long gray hair hanging down the side of his head, jiggled the steel rod in his hand and pressed it down into the brown soil again and again, until he heard the tell-tale thump. Like a beating heart in a horror story, the hollow echo of the rod striking bone lingered in the air: an accusation. Gingerly using a shovel and the kind of brush for getting snow off a windshield, he soon exposed a skull, femur and shin bones, all of which had taken on a rusty hue.
December 11, 1990
Every Tuesday morning, a computer screen on the third floor of the Pentagon lights up with a row of figures, white against a dark background: $250,000,000.00. "Our weekly check," one official wryly describes it. Each computer entry is an installment on the emir of Kuwait's $2.5-billion contribution to the U.S.-led effort to free his oil-rich nation.
October 27, 2006 |
Secret documents released today showed that British authorities lied to cover up the fate of a naval commander who died during a 1956 scuba-diving spy mission near a warship used by Soviet leader Nikita S. Khrushchev. Cmdr. Lionel "Buster" Crabb, a decorated Royal Navy veteran, disappeared while diving near Portsmouth in southern England on April 19, 1956. Navy chiefs said Crabb was presumed dead after failing to return from a dive to test underwater equipment.