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Apr 09,2009
JAKARTA -- At least five people died and a police station was attacked Thursday in Papua as Indonesian voters went to the polls, officials said. Police said overnight violence in Papua could be part of an effort to undermine elections in the eastern province, where separatists have been calling for its independence, the Indonesian news agency Antara reported. Police killed one man during the assault on the post. Elsewhere three motorcycle taxi drivers were knifed to death ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
NEWCASTLE UPON TYNE, England -- A police officer in the British city of Newcastle upon Tyne caused the death of a 16-year-old girl by driving dangerously during a pursuit, a court ruled. The Times of London said Thursday that Police Constable John Dougal was convicted in Newcastle Crown Court of causing death by dangerous driving in relation to a May accident that killed teenager Hayley Adamson. A Crown Court jury reached a unanimous decision Wednesday that the ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
BANGKOK -- Demonstrators brought traffic to a halt in a Bangkok business district Thursday after Thailand's prime minister ignored calls for his resignation. Taxi drivers parked vehicles at the intersections of roads leading to the business area and also blocked access to a nearby hospital, the Bangkok Post reported. In a televised interview Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said he wouldn't step down as the leaders of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship, the so-called red shirt ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Canadian emergency management officials in Manitoba say the Red River has reached a critical flooding stage for the capital city of Winnipeg. The north-flowing river was at 20 feet Wednesday evening, prompting officials to partially open floodway gates to divert water around the city, the Winnipeg Free Press reported. "The next 24 hours, perhaps the next 48 hours, are going to be absolutely critical," Steve Ashton, minister responsible for the Emergency Measures Organization, told ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
TORONTO -- Top Palestinian authorities are challenging plans by a Toronto museum to exhibit the 2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls this summer. In a letter to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper and directors of the Royal Ontario Museum, Hamdan Taha, director general of the archaeological department in the Palestinian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities said the exhibit was a violation of international law and called on Canada to cancel the show, the Toronto Star reported from Jerusalem. The ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- The captain of a U.S.-flagged ship seized off the Somali coast was a captive of pirates but unharmed, a spokesman for the ship line said Thursday. "The safe return of the captain is our foremost priority," Maersk spokesman Kevin Speers told CNN. Maersk Alabama Capt. Richard Phillips "remains a hostage but is unharmed" and was being held on a lifeboat near the cargo ship, Speers said. Pirates who hijacked the vessel Wednesday backed out ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
SEOUL -- South Korea summoned a Japanese Embassy official Thursday to protest Tokyo's approval of a history textbook Seoul sees as whitewashing Japan's wartime history. "The government strongly protests the Japanese government's approval of the history textbook based on its false historical perception, which justifies and beautifies past wrongdoings," Foreign Ministry spokesman Moon Tae-young said. Japanese teenagers will have a distorted view of history because of the textbook, published by an alleged right-wing group, Seoul officials told ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
NANAIMO, British Columbia -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police expressed concern over the nature of heavy weapons they seized in a Vancouver Island raid. Early Wednesday, RCMP officers stormed a large property with numerous buildings on it near Nanaimo and arrested four men and a woman after finding more than 1 pound of cocaine, at least $50,000 in cash and a total of 41 weapons, the Times Colonist newspaper in Victoria reported. Constable Gary O'Brien said two ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
GHAZNI, Afghanistan -- New U.S. strategy calls for 4,000 more troops to train Afghan police and army but observers say corruption may be a bigger policing problem. Based on interviews with U.S. troops training police officers in Ghazni province, The New York Times says better policing may be impossible unless government officials stop undermining law enforcement efforts with openly illegal activities. The lack of trust, along with the absence of security forces in most villages, strengthens the ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2009
BAGHDAD -- Followers of radical Shiite cleric Moqtada Sadr demonstrated in Baghdad to mark the sixth anniversary of the fall of Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein. Thousands of protesters carried Iraqi flags, religious banners and placards proclaiming support for Sadr while chanting religious songs at the rally in Firdous Square, where Saddam's statue was pulled down April 9, 2003, shortly after the U.S invasion of Iraq, CNN reported. Hazem al-Araji, a senior aide to Sadr, urged the Iraqi ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A U.S. military official said Wednesday the crew of a U.S.-flagged cargo ship has retaken at least part of the vessel from Somali hijackers. A Pentagon official said the 20-member crew retook the ship that was carrying humanitarian aid but CNN reported it was unclear whether the entire ship or only part of the ship was retaken. The official said four hijackers boarded the ship, CNN said. The crew had one in custody and ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
CHONGQING, China -- Thousands of fish found dead in China's Chongqing Municipality may have been killed by chemical pollution, a government spokesman said Wednesday. An unidentified spokesman for the Chongqing Municipal Environment Protection Bureau said at a news conference that the normal level of chemical oxygen demand in the Fujiang River had been exceeded, China's official state-run Xinhua news agency said. The spokesman suggested the fish kill in Tongan County on Monday may be linked to pollution ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Three Taliban militants were killed near the town of Wana in Pakistan Wednesday by a suspected U.S. missile strike, a Pakistani official says. South Waziristan official Nasim Dawar said an unmanned drone fired a missile at a truck carrying suspected militants in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, CNN said. The missile strike left four other people injured. It was not reported whether those wounded were Taliban militants. The deadly attack marked the 12th missile attack ... [full story]
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