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Mar 26,2009
GOTHENBURG, Sweden -- Police in Sweden say 37 people have been detained in the Balkan region as part of an investigation into an international drug ring. Police told the The Local that "Operation Adam" in western Sweden also resulted in the seizure of 13 pounds of heroin, 26 pounds of cocaine and 66 pounds of amphetamines. Those detained as a result of the law enforcement operation, which began in April 2008, were suspected of being involved in ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
OTTAWA -- Canada's population grew by 63,400 people, predominantly in western provinces, in the fourth quarter of 2008, Statistics Canada reported Thursday from Ottawa. The growth rate was 0.19 percent and marked the fastest fourth-quarter growth rate since 1992, the federal agency said. "The four provinces west of Ontario all posted growth rates higher than the national level," the report said. "At 0.60 percent, the pace of Alberta's population growth is more than triple the national rate." Alberta's ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
PORT SUDAN, Sudan -- An Israeli airstrike on a weapons-laden convoy in Sudan affirms arguments Iran is secretly supplying arms for Hamas fighters in Gaza, analysts said. The January airstrike in the desert northwest of Port Sudan, which Israel refuses to comment on, reportedly killed 39 people riding in 17 trucks. The attack, which Paris's Sudan Tribune called an "embarrassment" to Sudan's government, also exposed a network that stretches from Iran through the Persian Gulf and Yemen ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Nine Afghan police officers were killed Thursday in a Taliban attack on their post in southern Afghanistan. "All the nine policemen performing duty in the security post have been killed in the Taliban attack," a senior police officer in the area confirmed to the Kuwait News Agency. The assault took place on a roadside in the Nahre Saraj district of the Helmond province. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved. [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- A Canadian man in Halifax, Nova Scotia, has pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of manslaughter in the 2006 stabbing death of a U.S. sailor. Cory Wright, 25, was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Damon Crooks on Nov. 3, 2006, outside a Halifax nightclub but the charge was soon after reduced to second-degree murder, The Chronicle-Herald newspaper in Halifax said. Wright pleaded innocent to the reduced charged but his ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
BAGHDAD -- A parked car exploded Thursday near a bus station and hospital in a Shiite neighborhood in Baghdad, killing at least 22 people, the Interior Ministry said. Officials reported 38 people were injured in the midday blast, CNN reported. Police said the explosion occurred near al-Zahrawi Hospital, the Kuwaiti news agency KUNA reported. Most of the victims were outpatients and police officers guarding the facility, police said. CNN reported those killed were civilians, including four women and ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Intelligence reports indicate North Korea put a long-range missile on a launch pad for test firing, an act several countries say violates a U.N. resolution. South Korean media report spy satellites detected what may be a Taepodong-2 missile in place Tuesday at the launch site near North Korea's northeastern coast, The New York Times reported Thursday. North Korea set up its rocket Wednesday. North Korea, whose last ballistic missile launch in 2006 failed, ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- At least 30 families were forced to flee their homes north of Winnipeg, Manitoba, as ice packs caused flash floods from the Red River. States of emergency were declared in several communities Wednesday night as crews worked at breaking up the ice in streams and culverts to speed the water's northward flow, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Thursday. Volunteers were filling and stacking sandbags, along with water-filled plastic tubes, throughout the region, the report ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
BEIJING -- Beijing officially complained Thursday about a U.S. Defense Department report on China's military strength, China's Foreign Ministry said. "We have lodged solemn representations to the U.S. side," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang during a news briefing. The spokesman said the report maintained the "Chinese military threat" theory, distorted the facts and interfered in China's internal affairs, China's state-run news agency Xinhua reported. "China unswervingly sticks to a path of peaceful development and pursues a national ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
BEIJING -- Chinese officials oppose a U.S. congressional resolution marking the 30th anniversary of the Taiwan Relations Act, saying it interfered with internal affairs. The U.S. House of Representatives this week voted for the resolution commemorating the 1979 passage of the act that requires the United States to provide Taiwan with military equipment for defense purposes, China's state-run Xinhua news agency reported Thursday. "China is strongly dissatisfied and has lodged a solemn representation over the resolution adopted ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
JINAN, China -- Four people died and six others were hurt Thursday in a refrigerated warehouse fire in eastern China's Shandong Province, officials said. One person was reported dead at the scene while the others were declared dead at a hospital. Officials said the fire broke out while workers were dismantling an old refrigerated compartment, the Xinhua news agency reported. An early investigation indicated the fire was caused by welders working around thermal insulation materials, Xinhua ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Royal Canadian Mounted Police say three people were killed in two separate avalanches in British Columbia this week. The first slide happened Tuesday night on Renshaw Mountain near the central town of McBride, The Province newspaper in Vancouver reported. The RCMP said a wall of snow washed over three snowmobilers but only one was able to free himself. He dug out one friend but he was dead, the report said. The second ... [full story]
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Mar 26,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A Somali Cabinet minister was injured and one of his secretaries killed when a roadside bomb was detonated Thursday in Mogadishu, officials said. Interior Minister Abdukadir Ali Omar sustained shrapnel wounds to his leg, CNN reported. The seriousness of his injuries was unknown. No one has claimed responsibility for the blast that occurred near Omar's home, Shabelle Media Network reported. Omar, a former Islamic leader, is an associate of Sharif Sheikh Ahmed, Somalia's new ... [full story]
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