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Apr 10,2009
BAGHDAD -- The top U.S. military commander in Iraq says combat troops could remain to fight al-Qaida militants in two Iraqi cities past the June 30 withdrawal deadline. U.S. Army Gen. Ray Odierno said U.S. troop numbers in the northern cities of Mosul and Baqubah may need to be increased rather than decreased in the coming year if U.S. and Iraqi officials deem the move necessary, The Times of London reported Friday. Odierno, who took over the ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
LONDON -- British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says he and Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari are working together in counter-terrorism efforts. Brown confirmed he had spoken with Zardari following the arrest of 11 Pakistani nationals in Britain on charges of planning terrorist attacks, Pakistan's English-language newspaper, Dawn, reported Friday. "We want the closest of cooperation between Britain and Pakistan to deal with countering terrorism and I think one of the lessons we are learning from the events ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Armenian President Serzh Sargsyan says he is hopeful his country's border with Turkey will reopen by Oct. 7, in time for a World Cup soccer qualifying match. The border has been closed since 1993. Sargsyan would like it to officially reopen in time for a match between the countries' national soccer teams, the Hurriyet Daily News reported. The match is scheduled Oct. 7. Turkish President Abdullah Gul was allowed to visit Armenia last year to ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
L'AQUILA, Italy -- A funeral mass was said Friday for victims of the Italian earthquake with 205 coffins lined up at a police barracks outside L'Aquila. Small white boxes holding the bodies of infants were placed on top of their parents' coffins, The Times of London reported. The coffins were covered with flowers. Pope Benedict XVI granted a special dispensation for the mass on Good Friday, the only day in the year when Roman Catholics normally cannot ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
WARSAW, Poland -- Several hundred Poles traveled to the Russian town of Katyn Friday to pay tribute to victims of the Soviet massacre of 22,000 Poles in 1940. Due to Easter festivities, commemorations to remember the "Katyn Genocide Memorial Day" were held all over Poland April 10 instead of April 13, Polish Radio reported. During World War II, on April 13, 1943, German authorities denied communists' claims they were responsible for the Katyn killing and revealed information ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The captain of the U.S.-flagged cargo ship jumped from a lifeboat in an escape attempt Friday but was recaptured by his pirate captors, a U.S. official said. Pirates followed Capt. Richard Phillips of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama into the water and took him back into the boat in the waters off Somalia, CNN reported. Phillips was believed to be trying to swim to the USS Bainbridge, a nearby U.S. Navy destroyer in communication ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi said Friday he would offer his personal homes to those left homeless by the deadly Abruzzo earthquake. Berlusconi said he would honor the charitable donations of homes to the nearly 40,000 people left homeless by the powerful quake by offering up his own houses, the Italian news agency ANSA said. "Many people have offered their own houses to help refugees from the earthquake, and I will also do what I ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
BERLIN -- U.S. lawmakers are again discussing an American version of Germany's car-scrapping subsidy program, though the plan has its critics. The cash-for-clunkers program has been a hit generally in Germany where for some it's a dream scheme come true. One simply drops off the old rust heap at a junk yard and gets 2,500 euros from the state to buy a shiny, new car, Deutsche Welle reports. German Transport Minister Wolfgang Tiefensee says the unexpected ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
PARIS -- Tourists have been unable to visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris as a result of a strike by site employees seeking increased wages, a union member says. Karim Herzallah, a General Confederation of Labor member, said Eiffel Tower employees want their salaries to increase just as the cost of visiting the famed French location has risen, Sky News reported Thursday. "The cost of visiting the Eiffel Tower has just gone up but the salaries haven't. ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
HUDDERSFIELD, England -- An employee at a pie maker in northern England died in an explosion early Friday that injured six others, one of them seriously. The blast at Andrew Jones Pies in Huddersfield gutted the brick building, the Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported. Investigators said that the explosion appeared to be caused by natural gas and there was no evidence of foul play. The building was to be sealed through the weekend, police said. The company ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli High Court ruled Friday the corruption hearing of Ehud Olmert will be delayed to allow the former prime minister time to undergo cancer treatment. Ynetnews said with leading physicians citing Olmert's need for immediate treatment for prostate cancer, his hearing on the so-called Rishon Tours double-billing affair was delayed until at least May 10. The hearing was scheduled to take place on April 19 and 27. Attorneys for Olmert, who stepped down from ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan -- The U.S.-led coalition forces in Afghanistan said Friday they killed at least 27 suspected insurgents in recent conflicts. Coalition forces said in a statement that 15 suspected Taliban members were killed in Afghanistan's Helmand province in airstrikes, while an another 12 militants died during patrol attacks in the Uruzgan province, the BBC said. No Afghan or coalition casualties were incurred during Friday's conflicts, the coalition said. The death tolls from the conflicts in the ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
ALGIERS, Algeria -- Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika won a third term in a landslide with 90.24 percent of the vote, election officials announced Friday. A reported 74 percent of the voters turned out, officials said, despite the anticipated runaway, a boycott by some opposition parties and charges of election fraud. The president faced relatively unknown challengers and had a well-funded campaign, the BBC said. The vote was relatively peaceful although two soldiers were wounded in a ... [full story]
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