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Apr 08,2009
MOSCOW -- Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov says Moscow won't change its opposition to U.N. sanctions against North Korea because of its recent rocket launch. Russia and China opposed a move in the 15-member U.N. Security Council to impose sanctions on Pyongyang following the launch Sunday, which Japan and others claimed was a banned test of a long-range ballistic missile capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. Lavrov said Wednesday Moscow's stance is unlikely to change, RIA ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
SAO PAULO -- Brazilian judicial officials ordered the arrest of an Amazon rancher who had been acquitted of killing an American nun. The highest court in the northern Brazilian state of Para said it reversed a 2008 acquittal of Vitalmiro Moura, who was accused of ordering the killing of Dorthy Stang, O Globo reported Wednesday. The court said that a video that was used by Moura's defense wasn't admissible. Stang, 73, was killed in 2005. She had ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi says homeless earthquake victims should view living in temporary shelters as a "weekend of camping." Speaking to German television station N-TV as he toured the hard-hit Abruzzo region of central Italy on Monday, Berlusconi appeared to dismiss the discomfort of victims forced to live in tents or their cars in freezing overnight temperatures, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday. "They have everything they need, they have medical care, hot food ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
LONDON -- Trials for new all-electric cars are expected to begin as soon as next year in two or three British cities, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said. In an interview Wednesday with The Independent, Brown said Chancellor of the Exchequer Alistair Darling will announce in his upcoming national budget that funding would be included for trials of the electric vehicles, which the prime minister said would be a kick start for Britain's "green recovery," envisioned to ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
L'AQUILA, Italy -- Rescuers searching for earthquake victims in L'Aquila, Italy, were somewhat cheerier Wednesday because of the discovery a survivor, officials said. Searchers resumed efforts Wednesday heartened by the discovery the preceding evening of 21-year-old Eleonora Calesini of Rimini, who was found alive after 42 hours of being trapped in the rubble of a building, protected by two pillars of reinforced cement, The Times of London reported. The woman asked rescuers, "Where are mamma and papa?" ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Pirates off the coast of Somalia hijacked a ship with 21 Americans on board Wednesday, the U.S. Navy Fifth Fleet said. The latest hijacking comes after a British-owned cargo ship and a fishing trawler were seized Monday, prompting the U.S. military to issue an alert to mariners that warned of increased dangers in the region, CNN reported. The attacks, which occurred out of the Gulf of Aden sea lanes patrolled by U.S. and coalition ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbian police said Wednesday they broke an international ring smuggling Chinese migrants to Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and others parts of Europe. Serbian Minister of Interior Ivica Dacic said it was a successful action, in cooperation with police of the Balkan countries, that ended six months of surveillance with the arrest of seven Serbians and a Chinese resident in Belgrade on suspicion of human trafficking. The suspects had allegedly made profits of several thousand dollars ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
LONDON -- Amateur video shot during the Group of 20 summit protests in London showing police shoving a man who later died "raises concerns," Scotland Yard's chief says. Metropolitan Police Service Commissioner Paul Stephenson released a statement Wednesday saying a cellphone video showing passerby Ian Tomlinson, 47, being violently pushed to the ground from behind by a police officer without provocation justifies a thorough investigation, The Daily Telegraph reported. "My thoughts are with Mr. Tomlinson's family at ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
MOSCOW -- Russia has shipped the year's first batch of low-enriched uranium from dismantled nuclear warheads to the United States, a nuclear power company says. Atomenergoprom says the shipment that left Tuesday marks the first delivery of 2009 at a new price approved by the governments of both countries, the Russian news agency RIA Novosti reports. A bilateral accord between Russia and the United States known as the Megatons to Megawatts agreement seeks to convert 500 metric ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
BEIJING -- Seven people, including Chinese local government officials and one legislator, went on trial Wednesday on charges of child rape. The suspects are accused of raping teenage girls who were primary and secondary school students in Xishui County in China's southwest Guizhow province, the state-run Xinhua news agency said. "It's a case with a very bad impact on society and we'll strictly abide by laws to handle it," court president Yu Deping said. One official said schoolgirls ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- A Canadian man convicted of sexually preying on teenage boys in Tucson, Ariz., was sentenced to 37 months in prison. Doron Waldman, 35, a resident of Winnipeg, Manitoba, was arrested in Tucson Nov. 19, 2007, and has been in jail since an undercover Internet sting operation netted him, the Winnipeg Sun reported Wednesday. Because of his time already served, he faces 20 more months of incarceration, the report said. Court documents showed in online chats ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
SEOUL -- Unionized employees of a South Korean broadcaster prevented government prosecutors from raiding their workplace Wednesday by blocking the entrance. The prosecutors were seeking unedited interviews and other material that was used in making a controversial documentary aired last year about the South Korean government's decision to resume U.S. beef imports, the Yonhap News Agency reports. The South Korean Agriculture Ministry has accused four producers and two writers at MBC, one of the country's largest broadcasters, ... [full story]
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Apr 08,2009
SEOUL -- Prosecutors in South Korea are seeking the death penalty for a man convicted of killing 10 women, including his wife and mother-in-law. Kang Ho-sun admitted killing eight women but denied responsibility for a fire that claimed the lives of his wife and her mother, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday. In requesting the death penalty for Kang, the prosecutor said Kang should be permanently isolated from society. The prosecution also told a sentencing hearing Wednesday ... [full story]
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