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Mar 30,2009
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu has selected three Likud Party members of the Knesset for his Cabinet, officials said Monday. Michael Eitan and Yossi Peled were named ministers without portfolios while Moshe Kahlon was named sole minister for communications, The Jerusalem Post reported. Peled was also told he would have a seat on Israel's Security Cabinet while Eitan was given the additional duties of improving services for citizens, computerization and the Internet, the newspaper said. ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
PHNOM PENH, Cambodia -- Trials of Khmer Rouge officials began Monday in Phnom Penh, Cambodia, 30 years after the end of the vicious communist reign that left 1.7 million people dead. The first defendant in the tribunal, Kaing Guek Eav, 66, addressed the court Monday, identifying himself with his name and various aliases, The New York Times reported. He is charged with crimes against humanity, war crimes and various crimes under Cambodian law, including murder. His trial ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
SEOUL -- South Korean President Lee Myung-bak says he won't order any military action in response to a planned rocket firing by North Korea. Speaking to the Financial Times newspaper, Lee said that while Japan is "rightly" concerned about its citizens' safety, a military response from Seoul isn't appropriate. "What I do oppose is to militarily respond to these kind of actions because it is also not in their interest to test-fire anything," Lee told the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
LAHORE, Pakistan -- Thirty police cadets and employees were killed in a Pakistani police academy Monday during a standoff between militants and police, officials said. Military spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas said at least 52 other people were injured during the eight-hour standoff that began when the attackers stormed the Manawan police academy with hand grenades during morning drills, CNN reported. Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said four of the 10 to 12 gunmen were killed in the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
HANOI, Vietnam -- Authorities in Vietnam say a windstorm and unseasonably cold temperatures have damaged houses and destroyed crops in Nghe An province. No injuries were reported despite winds powerful enough to blow the roofs off an estimated 50 homes in the Anh Son district of Nghe An, the Voice of Vietnam Radio reported Monday. Sunday's storm also damaged the area's rice crop and fruit orchards, Voice of Vietnam said. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
DAVAO CITY, Philippines -- Filipino officials Monday began an inquiry into more than 800 unexplained slayings in Davao City since 1998, allegedly the work of a vigilante group. Commission on Human Rights Chairwoman Leila de Lima said before the inquiry she was concerned about the "growing culture or mentality of public acceptance of executions," the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported Monday. "This is worse than apathy and indifference," she told the newspaper, noting that some justify the killings ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
BAGHDAD -- Violent weekend clashes in Baghdad involving Iraqi soldiers, U.S. forces and a Sunni Arab Awakening Council foreshadow challenges ahead, analysts say. Witnesses said the violence began Saturday after Iraqi and U.S. troops arrested an Awakening leader in Baghdad's Fadhil neighborhood for alleged criminal and terrorist acts, such as extortion and launching roadside bomb attacks against Iraqi security forces, The New York Times reported Monday. Gun battles reportedly erupted as Awakening fighters took to the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
REGINA, Saskatchewan -- Two small Canadian farming towns in southeastern Saskatchewan were in mourning Monday for three teenage girls killed in a weekend two-vehicle crash. The Royal Canadian Mounted Police said two of the victims were 16-year-olds from Gravelbourg and the third a 14-year-old from the nearby village of Kincaid, some 100 miles southeast of Regina. Their small car was struck by a half-ton pickup truck whose 17-year-old male driver was trying to pass them, the Regina ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
THE HAGUE, Netherlands -- U.S. officials begin outlining the Obama administration's strategy for Afghanistan this week during a conference in the Netherlands. At The Hague on Tuesday, 23 nations and 11 international organizations and non-profit observers are expected to attend a conference to secure support for a renewed international effort to stabilize the increasingly volatile country, The Wall Street Journal reported Monday. "More than anything else, this will be an opportunity (for U.S officials) to present the ... [full story]
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Mar 30,2009
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan's ruling political party has seen its voter support diminish in local election results, returns indicate. Speaking in Ankara Monday at the headquarters of the Justice and Development, or AK, Party, Erdogan blamed the media as well as opposition political groups for his party's showing, saying, "I am not satisfied with election results so far," the official Anatolia News Agency reported. Preliminary results tabulated late Monday showed the AK ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Taliban leaders in Pakistan have united with their Afghan comrades to launch a new offensive in Afghanistan, Taliban fighters say. Word of the move comes as the United States prepares to send 17,000 additional troops to Afghanistan this year, The New York Times reported Friday. The newspaper says it learned through interviews with several Taliban fighters that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar pressed for unity by sending his emissaries to persuade Pakistani Taliban leaders ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
BATMAN, Turkey -- Turkish government statistics show an emerging trend of "honor suicides" in which women are forced to kill themselves for disgracing their family's reputation. The phenomenon is becoming an increasingly popular means for family leaders to avoid the risk of prison by killing female relatives themselves, the British newspaper The Independent reported Friday. "I think most of these suicide cases are forced. There are just too many of them, it's too suspicious. But they're ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Japan's defense minister Friday ordered troops to destroy a North Korean rocket or its debris if a planned launch fails and it falls into Japanese territory. The order by Japanese Defense Minister Yasukazu Hamada comes a week before North Korea's planned launch of what it says is a communications satellite but what Western leaders fear may be a long-range ballistic missile test-firing, Japanese news agency Kyodo reported. ''It's important to deal with and ... [full story]
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