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The public spectacle of this week's summit in Moscow promises to be a gaudy celebration of the grand--if temporary--alliance that defeated fascism 50 years ago. But the meetings behind closed doors between President Clinton and Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin will resemble more the testy negotiations of an estranged couple who have chosen to remain together for reasons more of convenience than conviction.
As much of the world on Monday celebrated the end of a horrific war half a century ago, fighting raged on in the Balkans, reminding those who cared to notice that real peace in all of Europe is as distant and unlikely as ever. In the latest, fierce escalation, Bosnian Serbs on Monday shelled the U.N.-designated "safe area" of Tuzla in northern Bosnia-Herzegovina, reportedly killing four.
June 4, 1995 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER; Dahlburg is The Times' bureau chief in New Delhi
It was summer, and picnickers sprawled in the high grass by the side of Route Departmentale 112, enjoying their baguettes stuffed with cheese and the long days filled with warm sunshine. Grain, high and green, trembled in the tranquil fields of the Meuse heights as the breeze swept over it. Black-and-white dappled cows grazed in their pastures. The scene was serene and beautiful, the epitome of the prosperity of rural France.
July 26, 2006 | Martin Miller, Times Staff Writer
So they've given up; they're finally done in and the rat is dead in an alley back of the Wilhemstrasse. Take a bow GI. Take a bow little guy. The superman of tomorrow lies at the feet of you common men of this afternoon. This is it kids. This is the day all the way from Newburyport to Vladivostok You had what it took and you gave it And each of you has a hunk of rainbow around your helmet. Seems like free men have done it again.
July 30, 1989 | LINDA ST. THOMAS, Smithsonian News Service
Behind the Caribbean's sandy beaches, palm trees and fruity rum drinks is a festival waiting to happen. A festival, Caribbean style, is part street party, part masquerade and part jam session. Travelers to Trinidad know that a Caribbean festival is not a spectator sport. Unlike an American parade, where people line the sidewalks watching the bands march and majorettes twirl, audience participation is part and parcel of Caribbean festivals.
May 6, 1995 | N.F. MENDOZA
V-E Day 50 years ago is remembered on several weekend programs, including Sunday's three-hour special "The Last Days of World War II," with a mix of archival footage and interviews, at 5 and 9 p.m. on cable's Arts & Entertainment. Also, the poignant "One Survivor Remembers" profiles Gerda Weissmann Klein, who spent three years in a Nazi labor camp. In this documentary, which opens with Germany's invasion of her Polish hometown on Sept. 1, 1939, Klein recalls the Holocaust.
May 8, 1985 | Associated Press
President Reagan said today that the 40th anniversary of V-E Day stirred vivid memories of the way he learned of the end of World War II. "On that day 40 years ago, I was at my post at an Army Air Corps installation in Culver City, California," recalled the President, who spent his wartime years making training films. "Passing a radio, I heard the words, 'Ladies and gentlemen, the war in Europe is over.'
May 2, 1995
Vice President Al Gore will join British Prime Minister John Major, French President Francois Mitterrand, Russian Prime Minister Viktor S. Chernomyrdin and German Chancellor Helmut Kohl on Monday evening at ceremonies in Berlin's ornate Schauspielhaus concert hall commemorating V-E Day In Germany, the Allies' Victory in Europe Day is officially seen as a "day of liberation" from Nazi terror.
December 13, 2012 | Elaine Woo, Los Angeles Times
Ray Briem , the longtime KABC-AM talk show host who ruled all-night radio for nearly three decades with his phone calls to the famous and the quirky and his opinionated banter slamming liberals, championing conservative causes and extolling the big-band music he loved, died Wednesday at his Malibu home. He was 82. The cause was cancer, said his son Bryan. Briem spent most of his life on the radio, reaching his largest audience as the host of a popular midnight-to-5 a.m. talk show on KABC from 1967 to 1994.
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