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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | November 21, 1999
BANDA ACEH, Indonesia -- It has become a hauntingly familiar drama in Indonesia: families huddling on a wind-swept pier or in a crowded bus station, fleeing a home that has become too dangerous as old grievances give rise to explosive separatist passions.Last time it was East Timor, which voted for independence from Indonesia in August only to be plunged into bloodshed that an Australian-led international military force was sent in to quell.Now it is Aceh (pronounced ah-CHAY), a lush, devoutly Islamic province that lies on the extreme western edge of the Indonesian archipelago.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
How tiny! How fuzzy! How hug-worthy! A zoo keeper attends to the tiniest of polar bears, a newborn cub, at the Ocean Aquarium of Penglai, in Yantai, in eastChina'sShandong province. This female cub was born to five-year-old polar bear Pengpeng on January 1.  She was the first polar bear born there.  
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By JAY HANCOCK and JAY HANCOCK,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | November 22, 1999
WASHINGTON -- President Clinton will step into Kosovo for the first time to-morrow, arriving as a peace-maker in a small, cold part of the world where not even food and shelter are assured -- let alone peace.Capping a 10-day tour abroad, Clinton will spend a day visiting U.S. troops, meeting a few ordinary Kosovars and conferring with officials from NATO and the United Nations, which are running the Yugoslav province in the aftermath of war.It's a victory lap for Clinton, whose administration paints NATO's expulsion of marauding Yugoslav Serbs from Kosovo last spring as a win for stability and humanity.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | October 24, 2011
An Air Force member who was assigned to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Monday. Airman 1st Class Jerome D. Miller Jr., 23, of Washington, died Oct. 13 in a non-combat-related incident in Parwan province, the Defense Department said. Miller was assigned to the 459th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County.
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By Christian Berthelsen and Christian Berthelsen,Los Angeles Times | October 28, 2007
BAGHDAD -- U.S. military officials said yesterday that they were turning over security for Karbala province south of Baghdad to Iraqi security forces tomorrow, which will mark the eighth of Iraq's 18 provinces in which Iraqis have assumed control. The move has been delayed several times as violence has continued to erupt there. Also, Iraq's prime minister pledged yesterday to protect and support the Christian minority, which has been fleeing the chaos and sectarian violence in the country.
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By Mark Matthews and Mark Matthews,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | March 8, 1998
WASHINGTON -- Since the crisis in Yugoslavia first grabbed American attention in 1992, the province of Kosovo has always been viewed as a special danger zone.The war in breakaway Bosnia was ugly, shocking the West with ethnically motivated atrocities. But despite warnings that it could grow into a wider war, it never did. And after heavy U.S. airstrikes against Bosnian Serbs in 1995, the rival Serbs, Muslims and Croats signed an accord that has been held in place since then by NATO peacekeepers.
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By Alan Solomon and Alan Solomon,Special to the Sun | July 7, 2002
There is majesty here, but the usual rules on travel destinations don't quite apply to Prince Edward Island. The one major historical site -- Province House in Charlottetown -- is a place where, on the record, nothing actually took place. The creation of a nation called "Canada" got its start on the second floor, but as an idea, not as legislation or resolution or a declaration of anything. That came later. The island's two "cities" are hardly cities. Charlottetown's population is slightly over 30,000 soaking wet. In Kansas, Summerside, the other "city," would be just another dot. There is no famous geyser or mountain or cape on Prince Edward Island.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 3, 1996
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- After years of deadly political conflict, South Africa's KwaZulu/Natal Province held its first free local elections last week, and now that the votes have finally been counted, it appears that the province's archrivals have neither gained nor lost much ground.As in the first post-apartheid general election in 1994, the Zulu-based Inkatha Freedom Party led by Chief Mangosuthu Buthelezi swept the province's vast rural areas. President Nelson Mandela's African National Congress triumphed in the cities and suburbs.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | July 14, 2004
LJUBLJANA, Slovenia - The United Nations mission in Kosovo and local Albanian leaders have been extensively criticized in an annual report on human rights in the internationally administered province. The report, released by a branch of the U.N. missions, says that the United Nations and the local authorities that have run Kosovo for the past five years have failed to achieve even a minimal level of protection of rights and freedoms, in particular for the province's Serbian minority. The report was published four months after thousands of ethnic Albanians took to the streets across the province to attack Serb communities.
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By Jill Rosen and The Baltimore Sun | January 30, 2012
How tiny! How fuzzy! How hug-worthy! A zoo keeper attends to the tiniest of polar bears, a newborn cub, at the Ocean Aquarium of Penglai, in Yantai, in eastChina'sShandong province. This female cub was born to five-year-old polar bear Pengpeng on January 1.  She was the first polar bear born there.  
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By New York Times News Service | December 29, 2008
KABUL, Afghanistan - A suicide bomber detonated a bomb in a black sport utility vehicle outside a local government compound in Khost province yesterday, killing at least 16 people, including 13 schoolchildren, and wounding 53, local government officials and coalition forces said. The bombing, near the border with Pakistan, occurred next to a school, and many children were among the wounded. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. Haji Dawlatkhan Quyomi, the chief of Ismail Khil, the district in which the bombing occurred, said the death toll could rise.
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By Mark Magnier and Barbara Demick and Mark Magnier and Barbara Demick,Los Angeles Times | May 13, 2008
CHONGQING, China -- A powerful earthquake rocked China from mountains to coast yesterday afternoon, knocking down schools, homes and factories, and killing nearly 10,000 people. The quake was centered in western China's Sichuan province but was so powerful that it was felt over thousands of miles from Beijing to Bangkok, Thailand. It forced the evacuation of China's tallest building, Shanghai's Jinmao Tower, and sent high-rise workers around the country scurrying for safety. China instituted tight controls on information, setting up checkpoints to bar Chinese and foreign correspondents from severely affected areas.
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By Ann M. Simmons and Ann M. Simmons,Los Angeles Times | November 25, 2007
BAGHDAD -- U.S. military officials said yesterday that overall American troop levels in Iraq will drop by about 5,000 next month when a combat brigade completes its withdrawal from the country. The U.S. Army's 3rd Brigade, 1st Cavalry, which primarily has been operating in the country's volatile eastern Diyala province, would be the first of five brigades to depart Iraq without being replaced during the next several months, officials confirmed. The pending departure of the 3rd Brigade was announced earlier this month, but the number of soldiers was reported as 3,000 and the withdrawal was said to be scheduled for January.
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By Christian Berthelsen and Christian Berthelsen,Los Angeles Times | October 28, 2007
BAGHDAD -- U.S. military officials said yesterday that they were turning over security for Karbala province south of Baghdad to Iraqi security forces tomorrow, which will mark the eighth of Iraq's 18 provinces in which Iraqis have assumed control. The move has been delayed several times as violence has continued to erupt there. Also, Iraq's prime minister pledged yesterday to protect and support the Christian minority, which has been fleeing the chaos and sectarian violence in the country.
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By Tina Susman and Alexandra Zavis and Tina Susman and Alexandra Zavis,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 18, 2007
BAGHDAD -- The managing editor of a government-run newspaper launched with U.S. funding after the fall of Saddam Hussein was found dead yesterday, the 85th Iraqi journalist to be killed since the war began. The body of Filaih Wadi Mijthab of the daily Al Sabah was found in Baghdad on the day that a four-day-old curfew imposed after the bombing of a Shiite Muslim mosque in Samarra was lifted. Five unidentified bodies were found yesterday. Mijthab was kidnapped Wednesday by gunmen who intercepted his vehicle as he drove to work.
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By Garrett Therolf and Garrett Therolf,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 10, 2007
BAGHDAD -- A suicide bomber killed 10 Iraqi soldiers and wounded 30 others yesterday when he drove a truck packed with explosives into an army headquarters in a town south of Baghdad, the unit's commander said. As the bomber approached the compound near the insurgent hotbed of Iskandariya, he raised suspicion and was shot by soldiers but was able to detonate his cargo, Brig. Gen. Imad Selawi said. In other developments yesterday, a U.S. detention facility came under attack, the U.S. military announced the death of a soldier, and Iraq demanded that its northern neighbor Turkey cease operations against Kurdish militants in Iraqi territory.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | August 15, 2004
KABUL, Afghanistan - Twenty-one people, including two senior Defense Ministry commanders, were killed in heavy factional fighting overnight in the western province of Herat, in another upset for Afghanistan as it prepares for elections, Afghan officials said yesterday. In what appeared to be coordinated attacks, forces from three neighboring provinces moved on districts in Herat Province, the fief of the powerful warlord Ismail Khan. Fighting involving artillery and tanks was continuing south of the city of Herat, around Shindand yesterday afternoon, said Mohammadullah Afzali, the Foreign Ministry representative in Herat.
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Baltimore Sun reporter | October 24, 2011
An Air Force member who was assigned to Joint Base Andrews in Maryland has died in Afghanistan, the Defense Department announced Monday. Airman 1st Class Jerome D. Miller Jr., 23, of Washington, died Oct. 13 in a non-combat-related incident in Parwan province, the Defense Department said. Miller was assigned to the 459th Security Forces Squadron at Joint Base Andrews in Prince George's County.
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By Garrett Therolf and Garrett Therolf,LOS ANGELES TIMES | June 9, 2007
BAGHDAD -- Stumbling efforts to establish law and order in one of Iraq's most violent regions suffered another blow yesterday when dozens of gunmen raided the home of Baqouba's police chief and killed his wife, two brothers and 11 guards. Four of his children were kidnapped, police said. The attacks came the same day that explosions in the country's north and south killed 23 people. Police Chief Col. Ali Jorani, who was not at home during the attack, is regarded by U.S. forces as a key ally in the effort to gain residents' confidence in law enforcement in Diyala province.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | April 20, 2007
RAMADI, Iraq -- A group of Sunni tribal leaders in Iraq's beleaguered Anbar province said yesterday that they intend to form a national party to oppose such insurgent groups as al-Qaida in Iraq and to re-engage in Iraq's political process. The announcement came after 200 sheiks said to represent 50 tribes met here and agreed to form a provincial sheiks council and hold the first convention next month of their new party, called Iraq Awakening. Sheiks from three other provinces will attend, organizers said.
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