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Thursday, September 21, 2017
Barbara Demick

Tough New Sanctions Approved By UN Could Cost North Korea $1 Billion In Exports Annually

The U.N. Security Council on Saturday unanimously approved a sanctions resolution that the United States said was the strictest imposed “on any country in a generation,” banning North Korea from exporting many of its most lucrative products, ranging from coal to iron ore to seafood and even some of its artwork.

August 7, 2017
Trump, Vacations

Trump Protection, Travel Costs Soar

Shortly before the president landed, Melania Trump arrived on a Boeing C-32 — a military version of a 757 — with their 11-year-old son, Barron, and other family members to spend the holiday at the Mar-a-Lago golf resort. Her one-way trip from New York, where she lives separately from her husband so their son can finish the school year, cost taxpayers more than $110,000.

May 9, 2017
Clinton spoke with supporters on Nov. 12, 2016

Hillary Clinton Says She Won’t Run For Public Office Again

Clinton said she believed it was not too late for the U.S. to declare a no-fly zone and attack Syrian government airfields to deprive President Bashar Assad’s air force of the ability to bomb civilians. “I really believe that we should have — and still should — take out his airfields and prevent him from being able to use them to bomb innocent people and drop sarin gas on them.”

April 7, 2017

China’s Ebola Curbs Drive Africans Away From Youth Olympics

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times Saying they were unhappy about being stigmatized over fears of Ebola, some African countries have withdrawn from a youth Olympics tournament set to begin Saturday in the Chinese city of Nanjing. Nigeria said it was in the process of sending home a delegation of 19 officials and teenage athletes […]

August 15, 2014

Deadly Clash In China: An Ambush By Uighurs Or A Government Massacre?

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — What happened in the dead of night on a desolate road near a desert oasis in northwestern China is so shrouded in mystery that it would seem that nearly everybody who witnessed it took an oath of silence — or is dead. But the most reliable accounts […]

August 8, 2014

China Releases Footage Of Video Tiananmen Square Attack

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — In a break with its usual secrecy, the Chinese government on Tuesday released video of a deadly attack in Beijing’s Tiananmen Square last fall, along with a video purportedly made by the assailants. The unusual step was designed to bolster Beijing’s claims that a recent string of attacks […]

June 25, 2014

Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet Not In Search Area, Officials Say

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The case of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 became ever more mysterious Thursday as Australia claimed that the missing airliner is not in the more than 300-square-mile patch of ocean where authorities have been searching since early April. The admission came after a U.S. Navy official disclosed that […]

May 29, 2014

China Holds Mass Sentencing Of 55 People At Football Stadium

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — In a spectacle designed to show their resolve against terrorism, Chinese authorities held a public sentencing in a football stadium in the northwestern Xinjiang region of 55 people convicted of violent crimes. More than 7,000 people filled the stadium stands in Yili prefecture during Tuesday’s sentencing and […]

May 28, 2014

Explosions Kill 31 At Market In China’s Troubled Xinjiang Region

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Two explosive-laden cars plowed into a crowded morning market in Urumqi on Thursday, leaving 31 people dead and 94 injured in the deadliest in a spate of terrorist attacks in China. The attack took place about 8 a.m. outside the People’s Park, which was crowded with senior […]

May 22, 2014

Brutal Murders Of Three Fishermen In China Put Spotlight On Rise Of Islamic Terrorism

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The three men’s bodies were found bloodied on the banks of a lake where they had been fishing last month, one of them slashed in the neck so deeply he was almost decapitated. The April 27 triple slaying of the Chinese men in an ethnic Uighur section of […]

May 16, 2014

Chinese Dissident, In TV Shaming, Apologizes For Spilling Secrets

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — One of China’s most venerable dissident journalists was paraded on state television Thursday morning, apologizing for spilling state secrets that embarrassed the Chinese Communist Party. The public shaming of Gao Yu, a 70-year-old grandmother who had written widely about the pro-democracy protests at Tiananmen Square, was perhaps the […]

May 8, 2014

Knife Attack At China Rail Station Is Third Since March

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Men with knives slashed and injured at least six people at the main train station in Guangzhou on Tuesday, the third such attack in a Chinese station since March. Guangzhou police said that six passengers were injured and that one of the four assailants was shot and killed […]

May 6, 2014

Chinese Police ID Uighur Man As Suspect In Urumqi Bombing

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Chinese police have identified a 39-year-old Uighur man they suspect to be one of the first Chinese suicide bombers and have put out a nationwide alert to identify a second man killed in an attack last week at a train station in Urumqi. The attack took place on […]

May 5, 2014

Massive Church In China Demolished; Officials Cite Permit Issue

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times WENZOU, China — One of the largest churches in the Chinese coastal city of Wenzhou, an 85,000-square-foot edifice with soaring cathedral ceilings, stained glass and spires dominating the landscape, was demolished Monday on orders of Communist Party authorities. Chinese officials said the demolition of the $5 million Sanjiang Church was […]

April 29, 2014

Search Goes On In Ocean’s Stirred ‘Teacup’ Of Garbage

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning: Even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the southern […]

March 31, 2014

Searchers Find No Sign Of Missing Plane, Only Garbage

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The search and rescue teams working off the west coast of Australia seeking the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 discovered what oceanographers have been warning — that even the most far-flung stretches of ocean are full of garbage. For the first time since the search focused on the […]

March 31, 2014

Debris Spotted From Aircraft Could Be From Missing Malaysian Plane

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Aircraft flying off the coast of Australia on Friday reported their first sightings of debris that could have come from the long-missing Malaysia Airlines flight 370. Although satellite imagery has captured possible debris, it was the first time in 10 days of air searches that anything of […]

March 28, 2014

Clues Emerge On Malaysia Jet, But Weather Halts Search

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — More tantalizing clues emerged Thursday about the wreckage of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 as fresh satellites photos showed a debris field in the South Indian Ocean off Australia, but the retrieval was frustrated by poor weather. Thailand announced that it had spotted 300 floating objects on an earth […]

March 28, 2014

Bad Weather Interrupts Search For Missing Malaysia Airlines Jet

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Planes searching for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 were grounded Thursday because of stormy conditions off the coast of Australia in another frustrating delay in the protracted search. A U.S. Navy P-8 Poseidon aircraft scheduled to join the search in the afternoon was grounded, and Australian and Chinese […]

March 27, 2014

Satellite Spots 122 Objects In Malaysia Jet Search Area

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Malaysian authorities said Wednesday they were encouraged by new satellite images provided by France showing 122 floating objects off the Australian coast that could be debris of the missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370. The discovery bolstered hopes of finding the wreckage in the choppy seas 1,500 miles southwest […]

March 26, 2014

Families Of Malaysia Jet Passengers Protest In Beijing

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Hundreds of relatives of Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 passengers marched on the Malaysian embassy in Beijing Tuesday, rejecting the government’s conclusion that the flight crashed into the Indian Ocean with no survivors. The rare public protest in China appeared to have the support of the Chinese government, […]

March 25, 2014

Search For Malaysia Airlines Jet Expands Across Asia

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The search for missing Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has expanded to cover an impossibly vast swath of Asia extending from Kazakhstan to Australia, with Malaysia appealing for as many airplanes and ships as the world can provide. The countries where the Boeing 777 and the 239 people […]

March 17, 2014

Missing Malaysia Jet: Experts Now Lean Toward Foul Play

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — Aviation experts are returning to the theory that Malaysia Airlines flight 370 fell victim to foul play. “Somebody did something deliberate,” said Mikael Robertsson, cofounder of FlightRadar24, which tracks about 120,000 flights per day. Robertsson said the transponder, which pilots use for communications, switched off 40 minutes into […]

March 14, 2014

Search For Malaysia Airlines Plane Expands Much Farther West

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — The search for elusive Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 shifted to waters around India based on suggestions the aircraft may have flown longer and farther than previously thought. After six days of fruitless searches in the Gulf of Thailand, near the original flight path from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing, […]

March 14, 2014

Knife Attack Leaves At Least Four Dead At China Market

By Barbara Demick, Los Angeles Times BEIJING — At least four people were reported dead after knife-wielding assailants stabbed and slashed passers-by Friday morning in Changsha, in China’s south-central Hunan province. Witnesses described the assailants as Uighurs, a Turkic-speaking minority from northwestern China’s Xinjiang region. Militants from that region were implicated in a knifing rampage March […]

March 14, 2014