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March 05, 2008


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Mar 05,2008
LAGOS, Nigeria -- Nigerian rebels have released a German national who was kidnapped last week in the oil-rich Niger Delta.Deutsche Welle reported Wednesday that the victim had been held for less than a day.The kidnapping was the first abduction of a foreigner in the delta since last fall, and Deutsche Welle said it wasn't clear if the incident was an isolated occurrence or if it signaled a resumption of rebel attacks on foreign workers.Kidnappings of ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
TBILISI, Georgia -- The breakaway Georgian republic of South Ossetia has sent a formal appeal for recognition to the United Nations and other international organizations.The appeal, reported Wednesday by Russia's RIA Novosti news service, is aimed at bolstering the chances that South Ossetia and its population of fewer than 100,000 will be allowed to stand on its own."Seventeen years of South Ossetia's de facto independence proves the republic's liability, and its sovereignty needs to be ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
OTTAWA -- The Canadian government is petitioning Saudi Arabia for clemency in a death sentence given a Palestinian-Canadian for homicide, ministers said.Mohamed Kohail, 23, was sentenced in Saudi Arabia this week for a death that resulted from a large schoolyard brawl, the Globe and Mail newspaper reported from Ottawa.Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Maxime Bernier told Parliament Tuesday that diplomatic contacts had been made on his behalf."In the end, we hope the verdict will be changed," ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
BERLIN -- Ground crew workers at German airports joined a strike of public sector employees Wednesday, forcing the cancellation of many flights.Lufthansa encouraged domestic passengers to switch to rail, Deutsche Welle reported. Overseas flights were not affected.Frankfurt, Germany's busiest airport, was hit hard. The head of Verdi, the German public sector union, said about 2,000 baggage handlers, firefighters and check-in clerks had joined the walkout.The strike affected major trade fairs in Hanover and in Berlin. ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
CAIRO -- Arab leaders met Wednesday in Cairo to discuss the upcoming Arab summit, the Israeli incursion into Gaza and the Lebanese presidential elections.Arab foreign ministers kicked off meetings at the Arab League headquarters in Cairo by announcing an Arab summit will be convened as scheduled on March 29 in Damascus, Syria, the Syrian Arab news agency said.Regarding the Israeli conflict with militants in Gaza, Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said, "Israel's latest aggression on ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
CORNWALL, Ontario -- More than 2.8 million contraband cigarettes and 600 pounds of U.S. tobacco were seized in southeastern Ontario by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, a report said.Working with border control agents, the Mounties announced Tuesday they had conducted 11 sweeps near the border city of Cornwall, Ontario, between Feb. 27 and Feb. 29, the Canwest News Service said Wednesday.Part of the seizures included 12 vehicles and a 20-foot trailer, police said.The RCMP said a ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Deployment of U.S. naval vessels to the eastern Mediterranean Sea sends mixed signals to the region and is a provocative statement, Hezbollah leaders said.Nawaf Moussawi, the militant organization's international relations officer, said opposition forces in the Middle East have intensified, the Daily Star, a Beirut newspaper, reported. Moussawi said a concerted U.S. naval presence failed in past.Several U.S. vessels moved off the coast of Lebanon last week as "a show of support ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Police in Vancouver, British Columbia, are seeking public help in identifying a man who robbed a 91-year-old hospitalized woman of her heirloom rings.At a news conference, Constable Tim Fanning showed security video of the suspect who robbed Agnes Ulmer as she lay in bed recovering from having her leg amputated, The Globe and Mail newspaper reported."This is such a despicable crime. We had to bring this to everyone's attention," Fanning said. ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
RAMALLAH, West Bank -- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Wednesday he would resume peace talks with Israel only after a cease-fire in Gaza is reached."The negotiations must be started, but after the truce," Abbas said in Ramallah on the West bank. "Once the truce is achieved, the road will be open for negotiations."In Jerusalem, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas "is not a condition" for resumption of ... [full story]
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Mar 05,2008
GAZA -- Hamas officials outlined a multi-point proposal to reach a comprehensive agreement with Israel that Jerusalem rejected on general principle, al-Ahram reported. "The Hamas movement conveyed its vision of a comprehensive agreement to several foreign diplomats so that they could convey this vision to Israel. Yet all indicators show that Israel has not exhibited any enthusiasm for treating this vision in a positive manner," a former representative to the political wing of Hamas told ... [full story]
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