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Mar 25,2009
DHAKA, Bangladesh -- Bangladeshi authorities say an orphanage run by a British charity was being used as a training camp and arms factory for Islamic militants. Authorities arrested a teacher and three other people at the Green Crescent madrassa and orphanage on the island of Bhola in southern Bangladesh after finding arms and explosives, The Times of London reported Wednesday. Officials are reportedly searching for a British citizen known only as Faisal who is the head ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
SEVASTAPOL, Ukraine -- Sevastapol city officials say about 500 people turned out to protest the port call by a U.S. Navy warship in the Ukrainian city. The frigate USS Klakring has been in the Black Sea since last week and will remain in Sevastapol until the weekend when it sails for the Georgian port of Batumi. The Klakring's presence irked some residents of the city, which is host to a major Russian naval base, even though Ukraine ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
GUWAHATI, India -- Police in India Wednesday said three people were arrested in the shooting death of the editor of the Assamese daily newspaper Aji. Officials said Anil Majumdar was hit by five bullets and died of injuries to his head and chest, the Assam Tribune reported. He was attacked Tuesday as he was exiting his vehicle in front of his home in Guwahati, the largest city in the northeastern Indian state. His driver and a neighbor ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
TORONTO -- The two co-founders of North America's once largest live theater company, Livent Inc., were found guilty of fraud and forgery in Toronto Wednesday. After a nearly year-long trial Justice Mary Lou Benotto of the Ontario Superior Court found Garth Drabinsky and Myron Gottlieb guilty of the corporate crimes, the Globe and Mail reported. The pair founded Livent in 1990, but it collapsed in 1998 after investors claimed there had been accounting discrepancies, the Toronto Star ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
STOCKHOLM, Sweden – Swedish authorities say they have broken up a major currency counterfeiting ring based near Stockholm. Local media reported Tuesday police have arrested a 30-year-old man suspected of being the ringleader of the operation, which allegedly specialized in producing fake U.S. dollars and Euros, the Swedish news agency TT said. Also arrested were five other men with criminal records, one of whom allegedly possessed a large cache of weapons when apprehended. Authorities reportedly launched an investigation ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
GAZA -- Israel's use of white phosphorus shells during its military campaign in Gaza was indiscriminate and is evidence of war crimes, Human Rights Watch says. A report to be released Thursday indicates Israel's use of white phosphorus during the 22-day Gaza campaign last December and January had "devastating effects" on civilians and was used repeatedly in densely populated areas without regard for the lives of civilians, Human Rights Watch said in a release. "In Gaza, ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
GAZA -- A threat by the militant group Hamas to prosecute Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Salaam Fayad won't help reconciliation talks, analysts say. Leaders of Hamas, which controls Gaza, announced Tuesday they would seek to bring charges against Fayad, a member of the rival Fatah Palestinian faction based in the West Bank, for alleged "collaboration" with Israel and "squandering" taxpayer money, The Jerusalem Post reported. The threat comes as talks for a Palestinian national unity government have ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
BRUSSELS -- A German politician is trying to prevent the opening session of the European Parliament from being overseen by a man accused of minimizing the Holocaust. Martin Schulz, a member of the European Parliament, has asked that the European Union's internal rules be changed to prevent to Jean-Marie Le Pen, the leader of France's far-right National Front who has described Auschwitz as a "detail of history," from opening the session this summer, the EU ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
JAKARTA -- Upcoming elections in Indonesia will likely be messy and chaotic, with a possibility of violence if people reject the results, experts say. Analysts speaking Wednesday at the Jakarta Foreign Correspondents Club said the April 9 elections, which include several court-ordered re-votes of local gubernatorial and regency elections that were demanded by losing candidates, are likely to be marked by confusion and possibly violence, The Jakarta Post reported. "The Constitutional Court has to be prepared with ... [full story]
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Mar 25,2009
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Five people were injured in Belgrade, Serbia, during rallies marking the 10th anniversary of NATO air raids on the former Yugoslavia, police said. Two protesters and three police officers were injured during a clash between about 150 demonstrators and police Tuesday, Russian news agency RIA Novosti reported Wednesday. Police arrested 24 people after a television crew was attacked and a fast-food restaurant was vandalized, the Russian state news agency said. NATO's 78-day bombing campaign began ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
UMM EL-FAHM, Israel -- Nearly 30 people were injured Tuesday in clashes between residents of Israel's largest Arab community and right-wing Israeli marchers, police said. About 100 people marched for about 45 minutes in the predominantly Muslim city of Umm el-Fahm, prompting Arab demonstrations that left nearly 30 people injured and 10 arrested, CNN reported. Deputy Israeli Police Commissioner Shahar Ayalon and 15 other police officers were wounded in the fracases, as were 12 residents. Police said ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
TOKYO -- Japan's population has declined, with the number of women in the country decreasing for the first time in recent history, officials say. A population estimate published Monday by the Internal Affairs and Communications Ministry indicated that Japan's population shrank by 79,000 people to 127.7 million as of Oct. 1, 2008, with the number of females decreasing 20,000 to 65.4 million, the Yomiuri Shimbun newspaper reported. It was the first decrease in the female population ... [full story]
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Mar 24,2009
TOKYO -- Senior Japanese officials say they disagree with a media report contending the country wouldn't be able to intercept a missile fired from North Korea. The officials were responding to a media report published Monday quoting an anonymous government source as saying that if a rocket launch planned by North Korea next month is a intercontinental ballistic missile, rather than a communications satellite as claimed by Pyongyang, Japan's missile defense shield would be unable to ... [full story]
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