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Apr 01,2009
LONDON -- U.S. President Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao agreed Wednesday to enhance U.S.-China relations and strengthen economic and financial cooperation. Obama accepted Hu's invitation to visit China this year during a meeting of the two world leaders in London, a day before the Group of 20 financial summit begins. "The two sides agreed to work together to build a positive, cooperative and comprehensive U.S.-China relationship for the 21st century and to maintain and strengthen exchanges ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
WARSAW, Poland -- A twin-turboprop plane crashed in northern Poland killing all four Polish naval officers aboard, a navy spokesman said Wednesday. The Bryza aircraft was on a training flight Tuesday afternoon when it crashed while making a landing approach at the Babie Doly military airport near Gdynia, 180 miles north of Warsaw, Polish Radio reported. Polish Defense Minister Bogdan Klich ordered a special commission to investigate the cause of the crash. All similar planes have been ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- North Korea warned Wednesday it will shoot down any U.S. spy aircraft in its airspace, ripping aerial surveillance over the area of a planned rocket launch. North Korea's state-run radio said the U.S. and South Korea conducted at least 190 aerial spy missions over its territory, including flyovers of Musudan-ri, the coastal launch site, South Korean news agency Yonhap reported. "Should the U.S. imperialist racketeers dare to perpetrate aerial espionage, interfering with our ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
LONDON -- Group of 20 summit protesters flooded into London's financial district Wednesday, engaging in a standoff with police at the Bank of England, witnesses said. Eleven arrests were reported outside Britain's central bank, targeted by protesters to illustrate anger over the role bankers played in the global economic crisis, The Times of London reported. Witnesses said phalanxes of baton-wielding police standing on the front steps of the central bank were pelted with fruit and police ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
GRENOBLE, France -- Four Caterpillar executives "bossnapped" by workers were to be freed after French President Nicolas Sarkozy pledged to save the plant, union leaders said. A spokesman for the Confederation Generale du Travail union told The Times of London that the executives, taken Tuesday and held overnight at the Caterpillar plant in Grenoble, France, would be released as soon as company officials, at the behest of Sarkozy, agreed to renegotiate severance packages for laid-off workers. In ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
LONDON -- The United States and Russia agreed to "new and verifiable" reductions in arsenals, beginning with a new treaty, the countries' leaders said Wednesday. U.S. President Barack Obama and Russian President Dmitry Medvedev discussed nuclear arms control and reduction, both pledging to fulfill their obligations under a non-proliferation agreement and "demonstrate leadership in reducing the number of nuclear weapons in the world." The two, meeting in advance of Thursday's Group of 20 summit, agreed to ... [full story]
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Apr 01,2009
ANKARA, Turkey -- The leaders of Afghanistan and Pakistan met in Turkey Wednesday to discuss a regional approach to battling terrorism and militant insurgencies, officials said. In a meeting hosted by Turkish President Abdullah Gul in Ankara, Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan President Hamid Karzai met to discuss greater cooperation on security and intelligence sharing, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported. The meeting at the Presidential Palace followed an encounter between Zardari and Turkish ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
OTTAWA -- Ministers of the eastern Canadian province of Newfoundland are lobbying European Union officials in Ottawa to drop opposition to the annual seal hunt. Leading the delegation is provincial Fisheries Minister Tom Hedderson, who says Canada's federal Conservative government should support efforts to protect the world's largest seal hunt, CTV News reported. An EU vote is scheduled by the third week of April on whether to ban the import of seal products from any country, which ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
LIVERPOOL, England -- The wife of a British drug baron who flaunted a jewel-encrusted lifestyle was sentenced to two years in jail, prosecutors said. Sara Shea, 30, pleaded guilty to money laundering and received the sentence Monday in Liverpool Crown Court after prosecutors testified that she and her jailed husband, Keith Shea, had boxes of Rolex, Patek Philippe and Chopard watches scattered through their Mersyside home when arrested, The Times of London reported. In a sentence ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
LONDON -- Questions about security in Britain's Parliament were raised Tuesday following a violent fight between a guest and police in a corridor, sources said. In the Monday night incident, police said a man identified as the director of a London publishing company got into a fight with another man who had also been invited to a media reception held by Conservative Party member of Parliament Eric Pickles in the Shadow Cabinet room, The Times of ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
BRUSSELS -- Discrimination and bullying against gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and transgendered people remains a problem in Europe, a survey indicates. A major report released Tuesday by the European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency found that, especially in Eastern Europe, harassment and attacks on gays and lesbians are ongoing, with politicians frequently turning a blind eye or siding with the perpetrators, the EU Observer reported. The survey was ordered in 2007 by the European Parliament and the result ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
LAHORE, Pakistan -- A Pakistani Taliban chief claimed responsibility for the attack on a police academy in Lahore in which 30 cadets and academy employees died. Baitullah Mehsud said he ordered followers to carry out Monday's attack and resulting eight-hour standoff with law enforcement officials, The Times of London reported Tuesday. He is the leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan -- or Movement of Taliban, Pakistan. A second group, Fedayeen-i-Islam, also claimed responsibility for the deadly assault on the ... [full story]
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Mar 31,2009
DOHA, Qatar -- A meeting between the Saudi Arabian king and Libyan ruler Moammar Gadhafi in Qatar appears to have mended a feud between them, officials said. Gadhafi met with Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz, Qatari Emir Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani and others at Al-Bahr Palace in Doha Tuesday on the sidelines of the Arab Summit in an effort to iron out disagreements that erupted earlier, the Qatar News Agency reported. Gadhafi stormed out ... [full story]
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