January 14, 1991 |
The leaders of a military crackdown against the pro-independence leadership of Lithuania yesterday declared a curfew and sealed off the capital, while the republic's leadership barricaded itself in the parliament building and awaited an army assault. Late last night, 20 hours after an army assault that left 13 dead, a sign of compromise appeared as Soviet officers agreed to lift the curfew if Lithuanian leaders would persuade the thousands of people guarding the parliament building to disperse.
October 8, 1993 |
Russian President Boris N. Yeltsin declared a day of mourning for the police officers killed in the anti-Yeltsin violence here Sunday and suspended the Constitutional Court until a new constitution is adopted. "The court developed from a body of constitutinal justice into an instrument of political struggle," declared Yeltsin, who is now governing without any checks and balances. The Constitutional Court, under chairman Valery Zorkin, who resigned Wednesday, had frequently supported the parliament against the president.
April 14, 1999 |
My wife, our two children and I live in the center of Belgrade. It's a very pleasant part of town, and convenient too - except when NATO is waging an air war. Now we worry. Will a nearby target be hit so hard that our apartment building collapses from the blast? Will a cruise missile or bomb miss its target and hit us? Might some military planner or commander decide, in spite of all the assurances, to attack civilians? Ever since the early 1990s, when Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia seceded from Yugoslavia, the Federation has consisted of only Serbia and Montenegro.
July 1, 2012 |
We never thought much about what would happen to us in case of a natural or human-caused disaster. But after an unnerving experience in Morocco, we started rethinking our travel-safety checklist: Have we packed the first-aid kit? Are the meds past their pull dates? Do we have the sunscreen? That May trip to Morocco and a tip from a travel nurse caused us to add "let the feds know where you'll be" to our checklist. Most days during our two-week stay in Morocco's capital city of Rabat, we walked past the Parliament building to get to the train station.
October 7, 1993 |
Russian tricolor flags with black ribbons fluttered from buildings in central Moscow today as Russia observed an official day of mourning for those who died in Sunday and Monday's violence. President Boris Yeltsin called for peace and calm and promised to protect his country from turmoil. "Russia, its people and its leaders, must learn a solemn lesson from the bloodshed and do everything in their power so that the tragedy cannot happen again," Yeltsin said in a statement issued by his press office.
June 30, 2004 |
Henry Nuzum and Aquil Abdullah won the first final in the men's double sculls yesterday on Lake Mercer in West Windsor, N.J., and need only one more victory in the two-of-three format to qualify for the U.S. Olympic team. The duo, representing the U.S. Navy and Princeton Training Center, won in 6 minutes, 21.68 seconds. Finishing 1.21 seconds later were Ken Jurkowski and Adam Holland, a Philadelphia resident. They represented the Harvard University Boat Club. Michael Callahan and Dave Friedericks of MLARC were third, with Jonathan Burns of Philadelphia's Vesper Boat Club and Todd Beyreuther of the Pocock Rowing Center fourth.
April 11, 1998 |
Russia's parliament made good yesterday on its threat to reject President Boris N. Yeltsin's nominee for prime minister. Yeltsin, in turn, made good on his threat to force the legislators to reconsider their judgment. Within an hour of the expected defeat in the Duma, Yeltsin renominated Sergei V. Kiriyenko, the little-known 35-year-old former energy minister who became acting prime minister after Yeltsin dismissed his entire government last month. Parliament will again consider confirming Kiriyenko for the permanent job next Friday.
December 17, 2011 |
CAIRO - Egypt's military rulers suffered a major embarrassment on Friday when a new civilian advisory council designed to bolster their legitimacy suspended its operations in protest over the military's deadly but ineffective treatment of peaceful demonstrators. The advisory council's decision followed a renewed outbreak of violence both in the center of Cairo on Friday and at vote-counting centers around the country the previous night. Election monitors said the violence threatened to undermine the credibility of Egypt's first parliamentary election since the ouster of President Hosni Mubarak 10 months ago. The clashes at the vote-counting centers began after polls closed late Thursday, when soldiers beat up judges and other civilians trying to enter the centers.
July 30, 1990 |
Prime Minister Arthur N.R. Robinson yesterday offered to resign and call early elections if rebels would free him and about 30 other hostages and end their coup attempt, an official said. At least 27 people have reportedly been killed in the violence. However, there was no official toll. Robinson apparently made his offer as he and other government officials remained wired to explosives and threatened with death. They were taken captive Friday when several hundred rebels with automatic weapons seized control of broadcast buildings and Parliament.
October 5, 1993 |
In a bloody assault that started at dawn and ended at dusk, government troops captured the parliament building yesterday and seized opposition leaders, dramatically changing the face of Russian politics. Parliament's defeat destroys one of the country's most visible remnants of the Soviet era and leaves President Boris N. Yeltsin to rule Russia without a legislature for the next two months. Parliamentary chairman Ruslan I. Khasbulatov, looking wan in a dark suit, and Vice President Alexander V. Rutskoi, in battle fatigues, surrendered shortly before 6 p.m. and were driven away in a bus to Lefortovo Prison.