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Apr 02,2009
VICTORIA, British Columbia -- The Canadian province of British Columbia has mandated that all automotive antifreeze sold beginning in 2011 have a bitter taste to protect children and pets. Environment Minister Barry Penner said the green fluid that leaks from radiators is hazardous, the National Post reported. "The sweet taste of antifreeze is a major reason for the accidental -- often fatal -- ingestion of toxic antifreeze by pets, wildlife and young children," Penner said. "By making ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
OTTAWA -- Planning is under way for British Queen Elizabeth to visit Canada and open the 2010 Olympic Winter Games, Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office said. Harper's office made the announcement after the prime minister met with the monarch in London Wednesday as part of his agenda of the Group of 20 summit, The Globe and Mail reported. Plans are being made to have the queen open the Games, which begin Feb. 12, and also commemorate the ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
JERUSALEM -- A manhunt was under way Thursday for a man who attacked and killed a 13-year-old boy with an ax in a West Bank settlement, police said. Israeli military personnel set up roadblocks and increased security throughout communities in the area, Ynetnews.com reported. A 7-year-old boy was slightly injured in the attack at Bat Ayin in Gush Etzion and transported to a Jerusalem hospital, officials said. A passerby wrestled the ax away from the man ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Afghan soldiers killed 20 armed militants in the Helmond province of southern Afghanistan, the U.S. military said Thursday. The fight came as dozens of militants wielding small arms and grenades attacked a foot patrol of Afghan troops, CNN reported. In Kandahar province Wednesday, five Taliban militants attacked a provincial council complex in Kandahar city, killing at least 13 people. And, at least 30 militants were killed 17 were wounded this week during a U.S.-Afghan operation ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
PETALAN, Mexico -- Mexican President Felipe Calderon is rapidly increasing his army's role in fighting drug traffickers, officials say. Calderon has deployed about 45,000 troops, nearly 50 percent of Mexico's combat-ready military personnel, along the U.S. border and throughout the country to deal with the drug cartels, described by officials as a widening narco-insurgency, The Washington Post reports. Meanwhile, retired army officers are taking command of local police forces and the military supplies civilian authorities with automatic ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
ABERDEEN, Scotland -- Police confirmed Thursday all 16 people aboard a helicopter that crashed into the North Sea off the Scottish coast have died. As the recovery operation continued Thursday, officials said they were trying to determine what caused the helicopter to crash in apparently calm conditions and good visibility, The Time of London reported. The Super Puma helicopter was returning from the BP Miller oil platform when the accident occurred. Eight bodies have been recovered. Colin ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
BELFAST, Northern Ireland -- Police in Northern Ireland arrested a 19-year-old man Thursday in the deaths in March of two British soldiers, a law enforcement spokeswoman said. Police didn't release the name of the man arrested in the shooting deaths of Cengiz "Pat" Azimkar, 21, and Mark Quinsey, 23, at a military base in Massereene, CNN reported. Azimkar and Quinsey were killed March 7 during an attack as pizzas were being delivered to the base. Two ... [full story]
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Apr 02,2009
JERUSALEM -- The Palestinian Authority has again warned its people that selling homes and other properties to Jews would be a death-penalty offense. Those who violate the religious order banning such activity would be accused of "high treason," said Sheik Tayseer Rajab Tamimi, chief judge of the PA, The Jerusalem Post reported. The latest warning was issued Wednesday after reports that Jewish businessmen from the United States had purchased land from Palestinians on the Mount of Olives ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
JERUSALEM -- Binyamin Netanyahu took office as Israeli prime minister Wednesday during a ceremony in Jerusalem, observers said. Saying the government faces many challenges, Netanyahu promised he and his Cabinet would "roll up our sleeves and start working straightaway, as soon as we step out of this office," the Jerusalem Post reported. Netanyahu praised his predecessor, Ehud Olmert, saying he "was one of Israel's most talented prime ministers" and wished him well. Netanyahu also thanked "my ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
MUMBAI -- An average of 17 people died every weekday commuting to work on overcrowded trains in Mumbai last year, figures released by the government indicate. Using India's Right to Information Act, The Times of London obtained figures showing there were 4,357 fatalities involving Mumbai's suburban rail network in 2008. The majority of deaths, 3,443, resulted from people being mowed down by trains while crossing the tracks. The second highest cause of death was passengers who fell or ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- Afghan President Hamid Karzai is being pressured to rescind a new law the U.N. says legalizes spousal rape and severely limits women's rights, ministers said. Scandinavian foreign ministers attending a conference on Afghanistan at The Hague, Netherlands, Tuesday challenged Afghan leaders to respond to a published report on the new law, while U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked privately with Karzai on the issue, The Guardian reported Wednesday. During a news conference ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
YICHANG, China -- Rescuers searched for victims Wednesday following an explosion and landslide that killed seven workers at a quarry in central China's Hubei Province. The accident occurred Tuesday evening when the workers were setting off explosives at the Diaoxiyan Quarry, a local government spokesman told China's Xinhua news agency. The news agency reported at least 50 rescue workers searched throughout the night for three of the victims still missing and feared dead in the landslide. "Rescuers ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
TOKYO -- A Japanese marine science museum is selling clown fish for $25.28 to stop people from capturing the species popularized by the animated movie "Finding Nemo." The museum at Tokai University has bred 11 of the 28 kinds of clown anemone fish that originally came from the coral reefs of Australia, Japan's Kyodo news agency reported Wednesday. The university hopes people who want the fish for their aquariums will buy them from the science museum rather ... [full story]
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