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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- South Korea's president is leaving the Group of 20 summit with U.S. support for "stern action" against North Korea's planned rocket launch, observers say. A major item on South Korean President Lee Myung-bak's agenda for the meeting was to secure support for a joint call on North Korea to scrap its rocket-launch plans, South Korea's Yonhap news agency reported Friday. Lee and U.S. President Barack Obama agreed to seek U.N.-imposed sanctions against North Korea if ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
MINSK, Belarus -- A passenger bus carrying contraband guns and other weapons was detained at the Belarusian-Ukrainian border, officials said. In addition to the weaponry, the contraband included a wide variety of items from cigarettes to passports, ITAR-TASS reported. Belarusian border guards and customs officers found 15 Makarov pistols with magazines where the spare wheel was supposed to be. Other hiding places on the bus contained a Kalashnikov gun, two grenade launchers and other arms Guards found 148 tuners ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
CAPE TOWN, South Africa -- Prosecutors in South Africa say they are set to announce their decision regarding the corruption charges against African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma. An unidentified prosecution spokesman said prosecutors will announce Monday whether they will drop all corruption charges against Zuma, adding the officials are still weighing their options, the BBC said Friday. Zuma was charged with corruption charges in October 2005 but in September 2006 prosecutors' case against the South African ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- Supermarkets throughout Britain are offering Easter eggs at significantly lower prices this year as a result of the collapse of Woolworths, a spokesman says. An unidentified spokesman for the Asda supermarket chain said following the collapse of the Woolworths chain, other companies purchased the retail giant's stock including more than 20 million Easter eggs, The Daily Telegraph said Friday. "There are plenty of bargains for Easter eggs this year as retailers compete to meet the ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
EDMONTON, Alberta -- Humane society officials in Edmonton, Alberta, had custody Friday of 32 dogs and 10 cats found in a home-based breeding operation described as "sickening." The society was summoned Wednesday night by a sewage contractor who became suspicious of the smell, sounds and barricades in the home, the Edmonton Sun reported Friday. The man who asked to be identified only as George told the newspaper he and co-workers were aghast when they spotted the cages ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
RIGA, Latvia -- A Russian diplomat once accused of plotting to assassinate the Georgian president has been expelled from Latvia, a Latvian TV report said. The report from TV5 said the diplomat, Alexander Khapilov, an adviser to the ambassador, had been reassigned but did not say where. The press attache for the Russian Embassy in Latvia denied in an interview with TV5 that Khapilov had been expelled from the country, RIA Novosti said. Latvia's Foreign Ministry declined ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
STRASBOURG, France -- U.S. President Barack Obama called on Europe Friday to share more of the military burden to win the NATO-led war in Afghanistan. Addressing roughly 3,000 students at a town hall-style meeting in Strasbourg, France, Obama said he would look to America's European allies for increasing civil and diplomatic efforts in Afghanistan. "But," he added, "there will be a military component to it." Obama just announced a new Afghanistan strategy that includes increasing troop levels ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
STRASBOURG, France -- U.S. President Barack Obama arrived in Strasbourg, France, Friday, seeking NATO support for his new Afghanistan-Pakistan strategy aimed at winning the war. Obama was greeted warmly as he spoke of renewing and strengthening trans-Atlantic relationships during a town hall meeting. Noting Strasbourg was a center of conflict during the first and second world wars, Obama said the city represented the center of European unity. "We must renew this relationship for a new generation," he ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
KIEV, Ukraine -- Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko blamed Russia for bad relations between the two countries and said Moscow and Kiev should improve them. In an interview with the Ekho Moskvy radio station, Yushchenko said Russian-Ukrainian "relations need to be reset, like relations between Moscow and Washington," the Interfax-Ukraine news agency reported Friday. Yushchenko said the two countries, since the Soviet Union's collapse in 1991, missed many chances to improve bilateral relations, as in his opinion Russia ... [full story]
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Apr 03,2009
LONDON -- Efforts from both sides will be needed to settle the issue of the U.S. missile shield in Europe, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev says. Speaking in London, Medvedev said he had talked with U.S. President Barack Obama "and saw that the America has the desire to listen to our arguments." He called the shield an "unpleasant situation" and "a mistake that was on the conscience of the former U.S. administration," Itar-Tass reported. "Many European colleagues are of ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's state-run hospitals are lacking more than 6,000 physicians, including psychiatrists and emergency room specialists, a media report said. The government should increase wages in the state-run medical facilities to solve the problem for the long term, the Hungarian news agency MTI said. In an effort to cope with the situation, the government plans to invest $4.6 million in a healthcare program and another $16 million from EU funds to lure doctors in the ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
LONDON -- World leaders agreed to a $1 trillion boost for the world economy Thursday, as well as banking reforms, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced. Brown, hosting the Group of 20 summit in London, said the political and financial leaders agreed on a final communique, including a common approach for handling toxic assets and a willingness to "do what it takes" to boost global growth, The Times of London reported. "Today is the day that ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
LONDON -- U.S. President Obama and South Korean President Lee Myung-bak agreed to seek penalties against North Korea if it goes through with a planned rocket launch. Obama and Lee "agreed on the need for a joint reaction by the international community, such as referring North Korea to the U.N. Security Council, if the North fires a long-range missile," Lee Dong-kwan, a spokesman for South Korea's presidential office, said Thursday. Lee and Obama met ahead of the ... [full story]
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