From the beginning, it was like no other war in history. For one thing, it broke out on schedule: the United Nations had set a deadline for the forces of Iraqi President Saddam Hussein to leave Kuwait—or else. The war was announced by a confident U.S. President on prime-time television shortly after it started at about 6:30 p.m. EST on Jan. 16.
Canadian Forces fighter pilot Capt. Christopher Sponder was flying protective cover over coalition warships in the northern Gulf early last Thursday local time when the flash of Tomahawk cruise missiles, launched from U.S. vessels, signalled to him that the offensive against Iraq had begun.By JOHN BIERMAN
For two days last week, hundreds of thousands of solemn mourners waited for up to 11 hours in a line that stretched for more than four kilometres outside the Palace of Sports arena in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius. Once inside, they filed through a flag-draped hall and past the open coffins of nine of the 14 victims gunned down or crushed to death under the treads of tanks during the brutal Soviet army assault on the city’s main TV transmitter on Jan. 13.By MALCOLM GRAY
As the midnight EST United Nations’ deadline for Iraqi withdrawal from Kuwait neared last week, a group of about 1,500 people gathered outside the United States’ consulate in central Toronto. Chanting “No blood for oil,” they flashed peace signs and, at midnight, burned an American flag.By NORA UNDERWOOD
As Canada’s political leaders drew together last week in a show of common support for the country’s troops in the Persian Gulf, the eruption of war appeared likely to aggravate divisions at home. A Gallup poll conducted early this month and released just before the war began last week found that while 42 per cent of Canadians outside of Quebec supported the country’s involvement in a war against Iraq, the level dropped to only 22 per cent in Quebec.By NANCY WOOD
The sprawling governor’s complex in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province, completed just eight years ago, is a marbled monument to modernity. But last week, as officials worked on their personal computers in air-conditioned offices, a ceremony from another age was taking place elsewhere in the complex.By ANDREW PHILLIPS, A.P.
As temperatures plunged far below the freezing mark, cardiac nurse Patricia Rogaski, 27, paced the snowpacked sidewalk outside Winnipeg’s 1,100-bed Health Sciences Centre. Attached to her parka was a sign that read: “The only good Tory is a supposiTory.”
Eastern Airlines Inc., the eighth-largest in the United States, suspended operations amid reports that it would liquidate all its assets. The 62-year-old Miami-based airline, which lost $690 million in 1990 and $2.9 million a day this month, has been operating under the protection of a bankruptcy court for nearly two years.
Singer Véronique Béliveau was the only FrenchCanadian who performed last week in an all-Canadian music video for AIDS research funding and AIDSrelated projects. Said Béliveau, 36: "At one point, the organizers said, 'Oh my God, we don't have a line in French.'
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