January 18, 2002 |
Switzerland will celebrate with a five-franc coin the 400th anniversary of the battle in which Geneva withstood an assault by the Duke of Savoy's armies. The Savoyards tried to capture the city by scaling its walls with ladders. Geneva has long made the event the basis for a December frolic called Escalade. Switzerland remains outside the European Union and continues to strike francs. The cupronickel coin features a gold-colored center and nickel ring. The reverse core shows the ladders leaning against the walls.
June 19, 1986 |
Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges, one of Latin America's most influential authors, was buried here yesterday in the city where he spent much of his youth and the last three months of his life. Doctors at City Hospital announced yesterday that Borges had died of cancer of the liver. They said the family had asked them to make the announcement because of "unsubstantiated press reports" in Latin America that Borges had committed suicide. The hospital's statement said that Borges, who was 86, had to be hospitalized for liver cancer in January and February and again in April, and that heart problems also appeared.
May 29, 1994 |
Only a few travelers choose to stay in Geneva's birthplace, Vielle Ville, a hilltop city within the city, where a 20-minute drive from the airport takes you back 500 years. Instead of checking into one of the large, expensive lakefront hotels when visiting Geneva, you can stay in a small hotel here in the Old City - far removed from the tempos of a modern world. Instead of traffic noise, you can listen to the sounds of fountains. Days and nights are orchestrated by the sound of bells.
February 19, 1989 |
State Department security officers yesterday intercepted a department investigator shortly before he was to tell congressional officials about his report that Defense Secretary-designate John G. Tower kept mistresses in Geneva while he was a member of the U.S. arms control delegation, congressional sources said. The investigator, Berne M. Indahl, was met by two State Department security officers moments after he arrived in New York on an overseas flight. Indahl was escorted to Washington, interviewed in his suburban Virginia hotel room by FBI agents and barred by his superiors from talking to anyone about the case until Tuesday, said an aide to Rep. John D. Dingell (D., Mich.
January 20, 2013 |
GENEVA - More than 140 nations adopted the first legally binding international treaty Saturday aimed at reducing mercury emissions, U.N. officials said. The U.N. Environment Program said the treaty was adopted after all-night negotiations that capped a week of talks in Geneva. A signing ceremony will be held later in the year, and then nations must begin formally ratifying it before it comes into force several years from now. "To agree on global targets is not easy to do," UNEP executive director Achim Steiner said.
January 14, 2011 |
Comedies about infidelity, or perceived infidelity, or thwarted infidelity, have been a staple of moviedom from the silent-screen era to the last two dozen Judd Apatow ripoffs. What distinguishes The Dilemma in this genre is its resounding unfunnyness, its emotional dishonesty, and the general unlikability of its cast of characters. Directed by Ron Howard and starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as best buds and business partners, The Dilemma begins over a dinner between friends: Ronny (Vaughn)
February 19, 1987 |
Two Soviet officials said separately yesterday that imprisoned Jewish activist Joseph Begun would be set free, and one added that Begun would return home "very soon. " But Begun's son said his father remained in prison last night. One official, Georgi Arbatov, was quoted as saying, "I know from official sources that a decision has been made to set him free. " He added that the Jewish activist would return home "very soon. " A second official, Samuel Zivs, said in Geneva that Soviet President Andrei Gromyko or one of his deputies signed an unconditional pardon for Begun on Tuesday, and that the activist should have been freed yesterday.
January 2, 1986 |
President Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail S. Gorbachev exchanged messages of peace yesterday in rare telecasts to the peoples of one another's countries, launching the new year, as Gorbachev put it, "with a hopeful sign of change. " But continuing differences between the two over Reagan's "Star Wars" program emerged in their presentations. Reagan argued for the development of new defensive nuclear systems, and Gorbachev pleaded for steps to keep "outer space peaceful. " The overall tone of their separate messages, however, reflected optimism that the summit meeting in Geneva in November has opened the door to the development of a new and more promising relationship.
March 13, 1992 |
In a sense, theater is one of the construction arts, not unlike engineering or architecture. And few of its experiences are more exhilarating than the act of watching a playwright spread out an array of seemingly unrelated worlds and people and ideas, then slowly gather them up and balance them until each fits snugly into the next, creating a structure in which the individuality of each part is subsumed in the whole. That's what is going on nightly at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre, where Lanford Wilson's Redwood Curtain opened Wednesday for a run through March 29. The play, which had its world premiere two months ago in Seattle and is scheduled for Broadway next season, introduces us to three quite disparate characters, then pairs them off in various duos until it brings them all together for a conclusion that seems as inevitable as it is magical.
May 13, 2013 |
Those who oppose greater U.S. involvement in Syria were no doubt relieved at the announcement that Moscow and Washington want to convene an international conference to end the country's civil war. They shouldn't be. Secretary of State John Kerry's announcement contains no hint of a diplomatic breakthrough. Indeed, diplomacy stands no chance unless President Obama first does what he has long avoided: takes the lead in helping the Syrian opposition break the military stalemate on the ground.