August 10, 1986 |
After months of threats, South Africa finally fired its first economic warning shots last week. The targets were South Africa's black neighbors, Zimbabwe and Zambia, which had dared to endorse a package of economic sanctions against Pretoria on Monday in London at a special Commonwealth meeting. Literally overnight, their economic lifelines were pinched by sudden, new South African border controls. Trucks and trains carrying goods from Zimbabwe and Zambia were backed up at the border crossing between South Africa and Zimbabwe by Tuesday morning.
August 17, 2010
Prosecutors seek tougher sentence PHNOM PENH, Cambodia - Prosecutors for Cambodia's U.N.-backed genocide tribunal appealed Monday for a longer sentence for the former chief jailer of the Khmer Rouge. Kaing Guek Eav, alias Duch, was convicted of war crimes and crimes against humanity and was sentenced last month to serve 19 years in prison, a term deemed by many victims as lenient. A statement by the prosecutors said the judgment "gives insufficient weight to the gravity of Duch's crimes.
March 23, 2007 |
Two women, sitting on stools, laughing, each say, "Are you OK?" They seem to be talking to each other, but are not. And neither one is OK. Not by a long shot. In the Continuum, in its original 2006 Obie Award-winning production directed by Robert O'Hara (Philadelphia Theatre Company is merely presenting, at Plays & Players), is remarkable: funny, sad, meaningful and splendidly performed. The many women played by Danai Gurira and Nikkole Salter, who wrote the show together, never speak to each other, but only to characters we can't see. Central to the plot are Nia, a dropout teenager in the Los Angeles' South Central, and Abigail, a professional broadcaster in Zimbabwe who is a wife and mother.
July 9, 1986 |
Ashland Oil Inc. and its former chairman yesterday agreed to an out-of- court settlement of civil charges that the company paid a $29 million bribe to an Oman official to get a contract at a discount price. Under the settlement, announced simultaneously with the filing of the charges by the Securities and Exchange Commission, Ashland and Orin Atkins paid no fines or other penalties. And they neither admitted nor denied that they had violated foreign corrupt-practices provisions of federal securities laws.
October 11, 1993 |
Jaime Yzaga completed the most successful week of his tennis career yesterday, beating sixth-seeded Petr Korda, 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (9-7), in 3 hours, 12 minutes and winning the Australian Indoor championship in Sydney. Yzaga earned his eighth title and the biggest check of his career - $146,000. Yzaga, who at 5-foot-7 is one of the smallest players on the tour, used crushing ground strokes to wear down Korda. The Peruvian kept the ball skimming low over the net, relentlessly hitting it deep and waiting for Korda to make mistakes.
July 15, 1990 |
The men sit in plush chairs around a smoldering fire pit, ice cubes clinking in cocktail glasses, guns resting nearby, smoke rising into the starry African night. "How big you think that kudu was this morning?" "I wonder if they got that wounded lion. " "Shall we have another Scotch?" "I think it would be rude not to. " Big-game hunter Trevor Lane leaves the group and walks to a rough fence that rings the safari camp, overlooking the steep escarpment of the Gwai River valley, glowing in moonlight.
December 11, 2011 |
HARARE, Zimbabwe - Zimbabwe's 87-year-old president said Saturday he would not retire before proposed elections next year and would stay on to lead the country against what he called a Western campaign for regime change. President Robert Mugabe, addressing 6,000 delegates at the end of his party's annual convention in the second city of Bulawayo, said it would be "an act of cowardice" for him to step down. "Luckily, God has given me this longer life than others to be with you and I will not let you down," he said.