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May 04,2009
PUTUMATALAN, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lankan soldiers are killing children as young as 11 years old conscripted by the Tamil Tigers in their last stand, a military commander said. "It's very difficult to shoot a child. But it does not matter what age, you have to shoot," said Jaggath Dias, a general officer commanding the 57th Division. The Tamil militants take boys and girls from their parents and then shoot the parents if they try ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- It could take another week for Pakistani government forces to push back Taliban insurgents in the country's northwest, a military spokesman says. Major Gen. Athar Abbas says government forces secured mountain passes to the west and south of the Buner district Thursday while helicopter gunships hit Taliban positions to the north, The New York Times reports. Abbas said it would take another week to clear Buner since government forces have to proceed slowly to ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
MEXICO CITY -- Forty more people have tested positive for the H1N1 swine flu virus in Mexico, bringing confirmed cases to 300 with 12 deaths, authorities say. Schools, businesses and non-essential government offices will be closed for five days in an effort to contain the outbreak. President Felipe Calderon urged people to stay home during the Cinco de Mayo holiday, the Voice of America reported. Meanwhile, the United States announced plans to purchase an additional 13 million ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A wind-driven wildfire burned almost 1,000 acres in Halifax, Nova Scotia, early Friday, forcing some 1,200 people from their homes, authorities said. No injuries had been reported as the Canadian Red Cross mobilized to set up shelters and communications facilities. Late Thursday, Halifax Mayor Peter Kelly said eight homes had been destroyed and an untold number of others badly damaged, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. "The fire is not under control," Kelly said. "We ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
BAGHDAD -- Two Marines and a sailor were killed in Iraq Thursday, running the U.S Iraqi military death toll to 18, making April the deadliest month of 2009, CNN reported. Sixteen of those troops died in combat. In March there were nine reported fatalities, the lowest monthly count of the year. April was also the deadliest month this year for Iraqi civilians. At least 290 Iraqi civilians died that month, compared to 185 in March, an Interior ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
OTTAWA -- Canadian health officials say they have nearly 22 million more H1N1 flu vaccines than the country has people, as confirmed cases grew to 34. Nationally, 15 new cases of what was first called swine flu were reported Thursday for a total of 34, but various health officials said they suspect the number is much higher, the Globe and Mail reported. The World Health Organization renamed the flu suspected to have originated in Mexico to its ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
OAXACA, Mexico -- The woman who became Mexico's first swine flu fatality spent more than a week in bed before seeking medical attention, health officials say. By the time Adela Maria Gutierrez arrived at Oaxaca's General Hospital she was barely able to breath and her extremities were blue from lack of oxygen, The New York Times reported Friday. "People wait too long to go to doctors," says Dr. Marcelo Noguera, Mexico's undersecretary of health for the state ... [full story]
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May 01,2009
TEL AVIV, Israel -- A British airline's planes flying to Tel Aviv displayed digital maps for passengers that did not include Israel, Israeli media reported. A spokesman for BMI told the Jerusalem Post the maps would be deactivated Thursday and changed within two weeks. He said they were an oversight after the company acquired British Mediterranean Airways, which primarily flew to Muslim countries, two years ago. The map also called Haifa "Khefa," its name before the creation ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Eleven countries officially reported 257 cases of H1N1, or swine flu, the World Health Organization in Geneva reported Thursday. The United States reported 109 laboratory-confirmed cases, including one death, and Mexico, ground zero for the outbreak, reported 97 confirmed cases of infection, including seven deaths. Mexican health officials said they believe the virus is responsible for more than 150 deaths and more than 2,000 illnesses. WHO broke down the lab-confirmed cases with no deaths ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
GENEVA, Switzerland -- Countries are ignoring advice by the World Health Organization in Geneva to mitigate the spread swine flu rather than focus on containment, a survey suggests. The WHO said containment "is no longer a feasible option" on Monday, and did not recommend closing borders or restricting travel. Experts on the global movement of flu say the WHO, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and President Barack Obama are correct in not closing the border between ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish warplanes attacked alleged Kurdish rebel targets in northern Iraq, Turkey's military said Thursday. Air Force jets bombed targets in the Iraqi border regions of Zap and Avasin-Basyan Wednesday night and early Thursday, the military said. The attack was "effective" and all planes returned to their bases safely, the military said. The military gave no estimate of Kurdish rebel casualties. The operation came hours after 10 Turkish soldiers were killed in two separate attacks blamed on ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
LONDON -- The pullout of Britain's military contingent in Iraq is imminent as troops await the final order to withdraw, officials said in London Thursday. The withdrawal, expected to be completed by the end of July, comes after six years of fighting and 179 British troop deaths, officials told the KUNA news agency. A memorial service for the British war dead was conducted earlier Thursday at Basra airbase. The United States will take over Basra defense once ... [full story]
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Apr 30,2009
KESWICK, Ontario -- A small Canadian town in southern Ontario is divided over charges against an Asian immigrant youth who responded to a bully's punch with one of his own. The confrontation occurred April 21 in Keswick, 40 miles north of Toronto, between two 15-year-old boys during a game in the high school gymnasium. Neither boy can be identified, The Globe and Mail said. One student who immigrated to Canada from South Korea in 2004 told police ... [full story]
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