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Apr 13,2007
TEHRAN - A missing former FBI agent reportedly met with a U.S. fugitive in Iran shortly before vanishing last month, it was reported Friday. U.S. authorities, looking for a trace of ex-agent Robert Levinson for several weeks, suspect he was being held hostage, the Financial Times says. The U.S. State Department would say only that Levinson was in Iran on private business. A possible break came from Dawud Salahuddin, a U.S. citizen living in Iran ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament had a special session Friday to "defy terrorism" and show that lawmakers weren't intimidated by the blast that killed one of their own. One member of the Council of Representatives parliament was killed by a bomb in the parliament building Thursday, the BBC reported. Earlier reports had put the death toll at eight but on Friday U.S. military officials revised the casualty figure to one dead and 22 wounded in the ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
BERLIN - German politicians are debating whether police should be allowed access to files of digital passport photographs and fingerprints. A law has been drafted that would open photo files, Deutsche Welle reported. In November, digitized fingerprints are to be added to the information stored in computer chips embedded on passports. The question of whether police can use those files is even more controversial. The draft legislation reportedly includes language that would require deletion of ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
ROME - Italian Foreign Minister Massimo D'Alema told Parliament Thursday the five Taliban spokesmen traded for a journalist were not fighters. He defended the government's negotiations for the release of Daniele Mastrogiacomo, saying Italy is not the first country to negotiate with kidnappers, Ansa, the Italian news agency, said. Mastrogiacomo and his Afghan translator and driver were abducted in February. The driver was killed almost immediately, but the translator, Adjmal Nashkbandi, was supposed to have ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
KIEV, Russia - Twenty-one Chechen militants have been killed and 138 captured so far this year, Russian officials said Thursday. Alexander German, a deputy commander with the Interior Ministry, said another 106 fighters turned themselves in voluntarily and surrendered their weapons, Novosti reported. At a news conference, Aslambek Aslakhanov, an aide to President Vladimir Putin, said two Chechen militant leaders, Doku Umarov and Rappani Khalilov, have disappeared. "They could be outside Russia, or they simply ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
KIEV, Ukraine - President Viktor Yushchenko said Thursday Ukraine has no plans to allow the United States to install missile shield elements in the country. The president told reporters at a news conference Ukraine has not held talks with the U.S. government on missile defenses and will not be holding such talks, the Novosti news agency reported. The U.S. Defense Department released a list of 15 countries it said are involved in discussions. The Czech ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
BRUSSELS - After listening to pleas for aid from the Palestinian finance minister, a European Union official said the EU's policy has not changed. Benita Ferrero-Waldner, the EU external affairs minister, said the union will continue to provide humanitarian aid through the temporary international mechanism, the EU Observer reported. The TIM bypasses the Palestinian Authority government. "I made it clear that possible re-engagement does not mean resuming payments overnight," Ferrero-Waldner said in Brussels Wednesday after ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
HAVANA - The magazine for the Catholic Church in Cuba has announced it will discontinue publishing due to a lack of funds, El Nuevo Herald reported Thursday. Founded in 1994, the magazine "Vitral" (Spanish for stained glass) had often been critical of the Cuban government. The communist island usually keeps strict control of the media published in print and online, with the official Granma newspaper acting as the mouthpiece of the Fidel Castro administration. Copyright ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
MOMBASA, Kenya - The Ugandan government and the Lord's Resistance Army have reached an agreement that could revive peace talks, Pax Christi announced Thursday. Pax Christi, a Dutch non-governmental organization, organized a week of negotiations between Ugandan Gen. Salim Saleh and an LRA contingent in Mombasa, Kenya. The breakthrough came when Saleh agreed to a change in the place where some LRA fighters would have to assemble. Saleh and the LRA also agreed that traditional ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
BRASILIA, Brazil - Brazilian Defense Minister Waldir Peres again blamed two U.S. pilots for the worst crash in the country's history, Folha de Sao Paulo reported Thursday. During congressional testimony, Peres reiterated earlier claims that the American duo -- piloting the small private plane that crashed midair with the commercial airline -- were responsible for crash that killed all 154 people onboard the airliner. The pilots contend their plane's transponder stopped emitting its signal before ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
TEHRAN - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki said Thursday officials are still discussing whether to participate in a conference with Iraq's other neighbors. Mottaki told the Japanese deputy foreign minister the government has not made its final decision, the Fars News Agency reported. "According to the previous approvals, the meetings of Iraq's neighbors were supposed to be arranged in the form of a summit of the foreign ministers of Iraq's neighboring states to reinvigorate (Prime ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
MADRID - Spain is poised to have the oldest population in the world in 35 years, said a U.N. report released Thursday. Spain will likely have the oldest population by 2050, Spain's EFE news agency reported. By then, 32 percent of the world population will be over 60 -- a larger demographic segment than children. "There is a dramatic change happening which is going to affect the development of the world," said Somnath Chatterji, coordinator ... [full story]
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Apr 13,2007
JERUSALEM - The Vatican ambassador to Israel plans to stay away from the Holocaust Remembrance Day ceremony because of a museum exhibit on Pope Pius XII. Monsignor Antonio Franco described his decision as "personal," The Jerusalem Post reported. He objects to a caption at the new Holocaust Museum at Yad Vashem on Pius' role during World War II. Pius kept silent during the war on deportations of Jews and the Holocaust. He also, as secretary ... [full story]
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