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January 16, 2008

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Jan 16,2008
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepalese conservationists, alarmed by the near extinction of vulture population in the Himalayan kingdom, said they plan to breed the birds in captivity.Britain's Independent newspaper noted that two decades ago there were an estimated 50,000 nesting pairs of vultures in Nepal but now that number may be as low as 500.Conservationists blame the decrease on substances used to treat inflammation in cattle, which get ingested in the carrion-eating birds. The substances can ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
MOSCOW - Russia disparaged a report, which was to be given to the U.N. Security Council, regarding a U.N. mission to Serbia's mainly ethnic-Albanian Kosovo province.Alexander Botsan-Kharchenko, Russian Foreign Ministry's envoy specializing in the Balkans, said the U.N. mission report didn't reflect the true situation in Kosovo, the Russian news agency Interfax reported Wednesday.Botsan-Kharchenko, former Moscow's envoy who helped mediate talks on the future status of Kosovo, said Russia didn't like the U.N. report and ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
TOKYO - Anti-whaling activists chased Japanese ships in Antarctic waters and the crew of one Japanese vessel held two protesters who jumped aboard.There were reports Benjamin Pott of Australia and Giles Lane of Britain, who reportedly boarded the Yushin Maru No. 2 Tuesday, were tied to the mast, but Japanese authorities in Tokyo denied them.Activists have vowed to disrupt the annual whaling expedition, the Voice of America reported. The drama began after the activists from the ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
NEW YORK - The Labrador retriever fetched its 17th consecutive "Top Dog" title when the American Kennel Club released its list of the 10 most popular U.S. dog breeds.Bulldogs made their first appearance in decades on the annual list at number 10, the AKC said."This is the first time the bulldog has made it onto the 10 ten list since 1935," said AKC spokeswoman Lisa Peterson. "This breed appeals to a very wide range of ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
ZAGREB, Croatia - Croatian police said they arrested four Croatian nationals and seized 143 pounds of heroin when a truck transporting fruits tried to enter the country.Croatian customs and police officers Monday stopped the Croatian truck after it crossed from Serbia into Croatia at the Bajakovo border check point, Marijan Benko, Croatian police chief told reporters in Zagreb Wednesday.The heroin's value on the street market was estimated at $3.5 million, the Croatian Web site vijesti.net ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
MELBOURNE - A Melbourne, Australia, teenager has been charged with producing child pornography after pictures of semi-naked girls were taken at a party he hosted.Police said the 16-year-old, who was not named, is scheduled to appear Feb. 22 in children's court on charges related to the photos taken at his house party, the Sydney Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.The arrest followed several hours of interviews police conducted with the suspect and a second 16-year-old, who police ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
BAGHDAD - At least eight people were killed and seven injured by a suicide bomb attack Wednesday in Iraq's Diyala province.The female bomber detonated her explosive vest in a popular marketplace in the farm village of Khan Bani Saad, nine miles south of Baquba, the provincial capital, the Los Angeles Times reported Wednesday.The explosion occurred near a Shiite mosque, but the U.S. military said the religious structure did not appear to be the target of ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
BROSSARD, Quebec - A Brossard, Canada, man is facing fraud charges after he allegedly ordered large amounts of cleaning supplies in the guise of a Canadian Forces buyer.A joint investigation by the Surete du Quebec and Quebec City police revealed that nearly $300,000 worth of cleaning supplies -- including toilet paper, garbage bags and cleaning liquids -- that were supposedly purchased by the Canadian military allegedly were being sent to the home of Real David, ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
PALERMO, Italy - Italian police have arrested 39 alleged members of the Sicilian Mafia including a son of imprisoned reputed organized crime boss Salvatore Lo Piccolo.Investigators say Calogero Lo Piccolo had taken over his father's operations since the older man was arrested in early November, the Italian news agency ANSA reported.Francesco Messineo, the prosecutor in Palermo, described the arrests as a major blow to La Cosa Nostra. ''Pockets of Mafia-controlled areas still exist but Cosa ... [full story]
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Jan 16,2008
ALMATY, Kazakhstan - The former son-in-law of Kazakh President Nursultan Nazarbayev, now in Austria, has been sentenced in absentia to 20 years in a Kazakh prison.Rakhat Aliyev was convicted of a long list of charges, including kidnapping two managers of a bank he controlled. He denies any wrongdoing, saying that the criminal case is politically motivated, and has accused Nazarbayev of being a totalitarian ruler, the Russian news agency Itar-Tass reports.Aliyev, the ex-husband of Nazarbayev's ... [full story]
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