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Apr 10,2009
SKOPJE, Macedonia -- Fifteen gunmen broke into a bank Friday in Skopje, Macedonia, and made off with $66,000, leaving a policeman and a woman injured, police said. Police launched a hunt for the gunmen who wore masks during the robbery carried out in broad daylight, the Macedonian Radio-Television MRT reported. The gunmen began firing immediately after entering a ProCredit Bank office in Skopje. They ordered the bank staff to lie on the floor face down and fired ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
MOSCOW -- Russia has struck a deal with an Israeli company to buy intelligence-gathering drones, the Russian Defense Ministry said Friday. Military officials said the three unmanned aircraft are needed to provide battlefield reconnaissance to the country's armed forces, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. The deal was struck with Israel Aerospace Industries because Russian defense companies have been unable to provide the military with effective spy drones, said Vladimir Popovkin, who is responsible for military ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
TBILISI, Georgia -- Georgian President Mikheil Saakashvili said Friday he would not bow to opposition demands that he resign. Protesters assembled again in Tbilsi, a day after they called for Saakashvili to step down, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported. Saakashvili said he understood Georgians' frustrations with the country's economic and political situation, and called for unity among all parties. "I understand that the poverty in the country was exacerbated by the war (with Russia last August)," he ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
TEIKOVO, Russia -- Russia launched a Topol intercontinental ballistic missile Friday in a test to assure that it can stay in service for another 22 years, an official said. "The dummy warhead has hit a designated target at the Kura testing grounds on the Kamchatka peninsula with the required precision," said Col. Alexander Vovk, a spokesman for the 54th Strategic Missile Division near the town of Teikovo, about 150 miles northeast of Moscow. The RS-12M Topol has ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- A Canadian man seeking disability payments will have his computer's hard disk drive analyzed to see how much time he spends visiting the Facebook Web site. In Cranbrook, British Columbia, Supreme Court Judge Thomas Melnick agreed with a defense motion to examine the computer activities of Brendon Bishop, who says he is too fatigued to work after a July 2005 car accident. Bishop sued the provincial insurance agency and the other driver for ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
SEOUL -- A relative of former South Korean President Roh Moo-Hyun was detained by prosecutors, admitting he received money from a businessman indicted for bribery. Officials from the Supreme Prosecutors' Office raided the home of Yeon Chul-ho, who said the million he received from Park Yeon-cha -- indicted on charges of tax evasion and bribery -- was a legitimate investment in a start-up business, the South Korean news agency Yonhap reported Friday. The government's investigation ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
LOS ANGELES -- The California physician who operated on the mother of rapper Kanye West a day before she died has surrendered his medical license, officials say. The action comes nearly two years after the Medical Board of California sought to revoke or suspend the license of plastic surgeon Jan Adams because of multiple alcohol-related convictions, the Los Angeles Times reported Friday. Adams came under scrutiny after Donda West, 58, died one day after he performed numerous ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
MONTREAL -- A four-alarm fire Friday morning destroyed at least 120 condominiums under construction in east-end Montreal, firefighters said. Fire Department Chief of Operations Jean Leblanc told The Gazette newspaper the alarm came in around 5:40 a.m. Friday and three calls for support were made as six buildings were involved. The fire covered two city blocks and spread quickly because of the amount of wood and other combustibles, Leblanc said. Some 80 firefighters were on the scene, he ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2009
SUVA, Fiji -- The Australia government has condemned the Fijian president's decision to annul the country's constitution and appoint himself head of the island country. In addition, President Ratu Josefa Iloilo fired Fiji's judges and magistrates, including the three jurists who determined the appointment of Commodore Frank Bainimarama's interim government after a 2006 coup was illegal, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported Friday. In a televised announcement, Iloilo said, "I hereby confirm I have abrogated the 1997 constitution ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
LONDON -- Four men accused in the Rwanda genocide must be set free and not extradited because they cannot receive a fair trial in their country, a British court ruled. Britain's High Court of Justice ruled there was "a real risk" the men, held in British custody since December 2006, "would suffer a flagrant denial of justice" if they were returned to Rwanda to face trial. The ruling marks the first time a British court has blocked ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The FBI became involved Thursday in negotiations for the release of the U.S. captain held hostage by pirates off the Somali coast, officials said. Meanwhile, the U.S.-flagged cargo ship Maersk Alabama headed to port in Mombasa, Kenya, to deliver humanitarian aid the day after it was hijacked, the father of a crew member told CNN. An 18-person security detail was on board to ensure the safety of the crew during the 50-hour journey to ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
MEXICO CITY -- Mexico's top lawman wants the United States to deliver on a promise of hundreds of millions of dollars in training and equipment to fight drug lords. "I think it could be much faster, surely," Mexican Attorney General Eduardo Medina Mora said in an interview with USA Today, referring to an aid package bogged down in the U.S. Congress. The aid package is known as the Merida Initiative after the city where Mexican President Felipe ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
TBILISI, Georgia -- Thousands of Georgians attended a rally in Tbilisi Thursday demanding President Mikhail Saakashvili resign for failing to install reforms, reports said. More than 60,000 protesters gathered in front of the parliament building as Georgian opposition parties blamed Saakashvili for unsuccessful war against Russia over South Ossetia in August, the Serbian news agency Beta reported. Opposition leaders put the number of people at the rally at 80,000, saying they will keep protesting until a new ... [full story]
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