May 8, 2013 |
When Nicole Casagrand stepped into the pitching circle in the bottom of the first inning for the Hatboro-Horsham softball team, it wasn't strange that she was wearing sunglasses. The sun wasn't glaringly bright, but it had begun to peek through the clouds. By the fifth inning, though, the sun had gone away and the rain had started. And Casagrand entered the circle with her sunglasses on anyway. It's the lefthander's superstition. If she starts a game with her sunglasses on, as she did Tuesday in an 11-5 win over Suburban One Continental foe North Penn, she's going to finish with them on, too. But the shades also serve a more practical purpose.
March 30, 2013
Iraq insurgents' bombs kill 23 BAGHDAD - A string of bombings targeting Shiite mosques in Iraq killed at least 23 people and wounded dozens Friday, officials said. The attacks were the latest in spectacular assaults staged by insurgents seeking to undermine the Shiite-led government's efforts to achieve security across the country. There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but the bombings bore the hallmarks of al-Qaeda's Iraq branch. Friday is a particularly popular day for militants to undertake such attacks because of the rush of mostly men and boys to the mosques throughout the country to hear Muslim sermons and take part in communal prayers.
March 28, 2013 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal convicted two senior Bosnian Serbs on Wednesday of key roles in a campaign of murder, torture, and persecution against Muslims and Croats during the 1992-95 Bosnian war and sentenced them each to 22 years in prison. Mico Stanisic was the interior minister in the breakaway Bosnian Serb republic set up during his country's bitter war, while Stojan Zupljanin was a senior security official in charge of police. Prosecutors had sought life sentences for both men after charging them with involvement in a criminal conspiracy led by Bosnian Serb President Radovan Karadzic and his military chief, Gen. Ratko Mladic, to force Muslims and Croats out of what they considered to be Serb territory in Bosnia.
June 29, 2012 |
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The Yugoslav war-crimes tribunal acquitted former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic of one charge of genocide Thursday but upheld 10 other counts related to atrocities in Bosnia's bloody war. While the decision was a setback for prosecutors and angered survivors in Bosnia, the 10 pending charges against Karadzic include another genocide count covering his alleged involvement in the 1995 Srebrenica massacre of 8,000...
July 12, 2004 |
Before Baghdad, there was Sarajevo. Those impatient to know when the war in Iraq will end need to remember this place. The fighting here officially stopped in 1995, after more than 250,000 deaths. But in many ways, the war lingers. People still distrust one another. Children still stumble into minefields. Shrapnel and bullet holes mark the facades of hundreds of buildings. Unemployment hovers above 50 percent. Foreign economic aid and investment dwindle each year. Markets are filled with framed photos of Tito, the late president of the former Yugoslavia, as people yearn for the days of a communist dictator, when at least they had food.
April 1, 2000 |
The Bosnian Serb prime minister publicly apologized yesterday for letting his bodyguards beat up rival basketball fans after a game involving the team he runs. Three young men were treated for head injuries after four of Milorad Dodik's security staff attacked them. The attack followed the Bosnian Serb basketball championship Thursday night in Banja Luka, Bosnia-Herzegovina. Igokea, the team of which Dodik is a longtime fan and president, beat Borac, 90-79, knocking Borac from its six-year run as champion.
September 15, 1999 |
Events in Bosnia, Kosovo and East Timor have intensified the debate over the proper international response to war crimes committed inside sovereign states. Although NATO troops patrol Bosnia and Kosovo, and U.N. forces will soon arrive in East Timor, the issue remains extremely contentious. Western publics may recoil at TV scenes of fleeing civilians but don't want to die to save them. Pundits argue over who should intervene, or what can be legally called an international war crime.
March 29, 1999 |
The debate about whether the United States has a moral obligation or a legal right to intervene in Yugoslavia's civil war (President Clinton called it "essentially a guerrilla war for independence" a couple of days ago) is far from over, even as America's participation in the killing there is underway. Let there be no mistake in anyone's mind: The President has ordered America's participation in the deliberate and premeditated infliction of death and destruction in a sovereign nation's civil war. We did that in Vietnam, and I supported that effort.
September 20, 1998 |
The United States has actively supported Bosnian leader Biljana Plavsic over the last year with economic aid and other enticements to hold her in power in the country's Bosnian Serb enclave. But this carrot and stick strategy to keep peace in Bosnia collided last week with the centuries-old stubbornness of a Serb nationalism that refuses to support an ethnically diverse Bosnia. With Plavsic behind in a tight race for reelection as the president of the Republic of Srpska, the international community now faces the uneasy prospect of dealing with an ultra-nationalist leader - Nikola Poplasen - in her place.
September 17, 1998 |
In an apparent rejection of international efforts to stitch back together this ethnically divided country, Bosnian Serb ultranationalists are winning a larger than anticipated share of votes from last week's elections, according to unofficial preliminary results. A continuation of the voting pattern would be a setback to the 1995 U.S.-brokered Dayton peace agreement, which ended 3 1/2 years of war in Bosnia. It would show that despite $5 billion in international aid and the presence of 30,000 NATO troops, Bosnia remains a country shaped by ethnic animosities.