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Mar 27,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- The Canadian military was on standby Friday to respond to flooding in southern Manitoba as volunteers scrambled to fill sandbags against the rising Red River. A spring snowstorm dumped 10 inches of snow Thursday north of Winnipeg, where some 50 homes were flooded and 40 others were evacuated, the Winnipeg Sun reported Friday. Senior flood forecaster Alf Warkentin told the Sun it was an "almost unprecedented" situation where a major flood was preceded by ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A suicide bombing at a mosque filled with worshipers for Friday prayers in Pakistan's Khyber tribal region killed at least 50 people, officials said. The explosives went off as an imam began the service, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. "The moment the imam said 'Allahu Akbar,' the blast went off," Tauseer Khan, who was hospitalized in Peshawar, told the newspaper. The blast occurred at a mosque in Bhagiari in the Tehsil Jamrud region of the ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
LONDON -- A parliamentary push to alter the 308-year-old rules of succession has come up for debate in the British House of Commons. Liberal Democrat MP Evan Harris says he has cross-party support for his measure to remove major discriminatory restrictions from the 1701 Act of Settlement, The Independent reported Friday. Harris' measure, co-sponsored by Roman Catholic parliamentarians, gives royal daughters equal claim to the British throne and eliminates the ban on heirs marrying Catholics. "To bring about ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
TORONTO -- A Toronto judge convicted a 37-year-old man on 49 counts of violently terrorizing his west-end neighborhood since 2003. Ralph Scala was arrested in July after his neighbors presented a petition with 119 signatures to police, the Toronto Star reported. "An entire community was terrorized," Crown prosecutor Jody Milstein told court Thursday, outlining the case for mischief, criminal harassment and threatening. Milstein said the victims of vandalism and threatening ranged from a 3-year-old girl to an 86-year-old ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
BEIJING -- A radioactive device reported missing from a cement plant in China's Shaanxi province may have been found, officials said. Chinese officials said the lead ball containing Cesium-137 -- part of a nuclear scale used to measure production materials -- may have been located in a steel mill, the BBC reported Friday. Officials told the British broadcaster they detected what may be the missing Cesium-137, adding that it may have been melted down for scrap. The ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
TORONTO -- Three Indian leaders in Ontario are being sued by Canadian National Railways for their roles in protests that blocked an arterial rail line in 2007. The suit dates to April 21, 2007, when Mohawks blocked the main east-west CN tracks in Deseronto, 135 miles east of Toronto, The Globe and Mail reported Friday. "The blockades have caused damages through increased yard congestion at CN's facilities, including increased costs of yard crew activities," the suit alleges. ... [full story]
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Mar 27,2009
BAGHDAD -- A U.S. soldier died in Baghdad of non-combat related injuries, the Multi-National Force announced Friday. An investigation was planned, the MNF told the KUNA news agency. The latest death, which occurred Wednesday, raised the number of U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq since March 2003 to 4,261, the military said. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved. [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
NAIROBI, Kenya -- A hospital in Kenya reports U.S. President Obama's stepbrother may have cholera. Doctors at a hospital in Nyanza Province were awaiting test results Thursday on Malik Abong'o Obama, who was among the Kenyan contingent at Obama's inauguration in January. The (Nairobi) Daily Nation reported the patient was brought in after becoming symptomatic this week; however, a staff physician who asked to remain anonymous told the newspaper tests could show he is suffering from any ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
TORONTO -- Toronto police say a woman who walked into the side of a truck and was then run over was likely distracted by talking on her cell phone. The unidentified 28-year-old woman died Wednesday night on busy Front Street outside the Rogers Center stadium, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported. Police Sgt. Steve Burrows said the woman walked into the side of a turning delivery truck. She fell and was run over by the truck's rear wheels ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
LONDON -- The British government says it plans to open an inquiry into the Iraq war when British troops leave that country in July. Confirmation in Parliament for the probable July 31 inquiry date touched off warnings to British Prime Minister Gordon Brown not to use the timing of the announcement for personal political advantage, The Times of London reported. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband told Parliament that the inquiry would be set up "as soon as ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
NAYPYIDAW, Myanmar -- A senior U.S. diplomat met with Myanmar officials in the Asian country as the Obama administration continued its review of U.S. policy for the country. The U.S. State Department issued a statement late Wednesday that the visit by Stephen Blake, the department's chief for mainland Southeast Asia, "does not reflect a change in policy or approach to Burma (as Myanmar was formerly known)," The Washington Post reported Thursday. The government's official newspaper hailed the ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A man walked into a Jandola, Pakistan, restaurant and set off an explosive device Thursday, killing 11 people, police said. Seven other people were wounded in the explosion, which officials said targeted members of the pro-government Turkistan tribe at the restaurant, CNN reported. Police said the attack was likely a part of a continuing fight between militants loyal to Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud and members of the Turkistan tribe. Meanwhile, a suspected U.S. missile strike ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
HIROSHIMA, Japan -- A district court in the Japanese city of Hiroshima says seven residents should be deemed sufferers of the 1945 atomic bombing. While the Hiroshima municipal government rejected the seven residents' claims in relation to the attack on Hiroshima, the Hiroshima District Court found the residents should receive free medical care as atomic bombing sufferers, Yomiuri Shimbun reported Thursday. Designated atomic bombing sufferers receive health passbooks from the government that make them eligible for a ... [full story]
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