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March 19, 2008

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Mar 19,2008
MYRTLE CREEK, Ore. – Several people were injured in a multi-vehicle crash involving five passenger vehicles and two semi-trucks pulling trailers on Interstate 5 north of Myrtle Creek Tuesday afternoon, police reported.   The driver of a semi-truck was cited for careless driving in connection with the 7-vehicle pileup on an Oregon freeway - Witnesses said a semi-truck and trailer traveling south on I-5 near milepost 112 didn’t slow down as it approached backed-up traffic shortly ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
ROME -- Police in the central Italian town of Latina are holding a woman after they found the body of a naked man inside her kitchen freezer.Police went to the home of Stefania Orsolo Scarlata, 35, in connection with an investigation into prostitution in the area, the Italian news agency ANSA reported Wednesday.Neighbors, who described Scarlata as "reclusive," told investigators about frequent visitors to the house she was renting.The man found in the freezer was ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
TEHRAN -- Many Iranian youths rallied in streets across the country, shouting "Death to Ahmadinejad," in celebrations marking the end of the Persian calendar year.The last Wednesday of the Persian calendar is celebrated as the Fire Festival in Iran, with bonfires and firecrackers marking the occasion.In the western city of Ahvaz, angry mobs declared "Freedom is our legitimate right" while demonstrators in the western city of Sanandaj shouted "Death to (Iranian President Mahmoud) Ahmadinejad," Ynetnews ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
TEL AVIV, Israel -- The Mayor of Tel Aviv has announced plans to do something about the hundreds of African refugees living in squalid conditions in the Israeli city.Mayor Ron Huldai has ordered a sophisticated tent city to be set up in a wooded area in the southern part of Tel Aviv to house refugees currently living in shelters and parks, Haaretz reported Wednesday.The compound will have running water, electricity and air conditioning, said Yael ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
PRISTINA, Kosovo -- Peacekeepers said Serbian rioters in Kosovo "crossed a red line" as the world community urged calm in the most violent protests since Kosovo's independence.French Lt. Gen. Xavier Bout de Marnhac with the NATO-led peacekeeping force in Kosovo, said Serbian rioters in the town of Mitrovica "crossed a red line with the deliberate intent to kill people," adding "we will not tolerate that any more," Duetsche Welle reported Wednesday.Residents in the Serb-dominated town ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
CAIRO -- An official in the Israeli defense ministry, Amos Gilad, traveled to Cairo to discuss an Egyptian-backed cease-fire with Hamas militants in Gaza.It was Gilad's second trip to Egypt this week to talk with senior Egyptian officials, including intelligence chief Omar Suleiman, Haaretz reported.Hamas called for an end to the economic sanctions on Gaza imposed by Israel in exchange for a cease-fire. Israel opposes full relief though officials said they may consider a limited ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
MONTREAL -- Diocesan officials said Canadians ignored the annual observation of Canada's patron St. Joseph Wednesday because Easter is so early this year.March 19 has been St. Joseph's day since 1479 and was adopted by New France -- later Canada -- in 1624, The Gazette (Montreal) reported.Traditionally, thousands flock to St. Joseph's Oratory up the mountain for the observance in west Montreal with its landmark illuminated white cross at the top, but the liturgical calendar ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
TORONTO -- A Toronto hospital denied media reports Wednesday an elderly couple had been quarantined amid fears they had returned from Asia with avian flu.CITY-TV reported an elderly couple who had just returned from Bangladesh were admitted to Toronto East General Hospital Tuesday night, and workers were taking "extra steps to be safe including wearing masks and gloves."Soon after, the hospital issued a statement saying it "has no reason to speculate that any patients in ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
TEHRAN -- An Iranian woman facing death by stoning for adultery has been freed on the orders of an amnesty commission of Iran's judiciary.Mokarrameh Ebrahimi had been in custody for 11 years when she was released unexpectedly from prison along with the son she bore for lover, Jafar Kiani, the BBC reported Wednesday.Kiani was stoned to death in 2007 sparking an international outcry.Human and women's rights groups in both Iran and abroad have been lobbying ... [full story]
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Mar 19,2008
BRUSSELS -- Rival parties in Belgium reached an agreement to form a coalition government following months of turmoil threatening to divide the 177-year-old country.While the agreement in the heart of the European Union concerned immigration and taxes, it failed to resolve demands from politicians representing the Dutch-speaking Flemish north for more autonomy from the economically depressed, French-speaking south, The Washington Post said Wednesday.The formation of the coalition government comes two days before the Flemish Yves ... [full story]
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