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Apr 11,2007
TEHRAN - An Iranian diplomat who was held in Iraq for weeks claimed U.S. intelligence agents tortured him "day and night" during his captivity. Jalal Sharafi appeared on Iranian television being treated in Tehran by doctors for what he said were injuries he received as he was tortured by Americans in Iraq, the BBC reported. The United States has denied having anything to do with Sharafi's abduction or detention. The head of the International Red ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
BAGHDAD - Iraqi and U.S. forces reported progress Wednesday in their security sweep of Baghdad with numerous arrests of suspected insurgents. The forces reported two militants were killed and 20 others were arrested in the clampdown, Alsumaria reported. In the town of Arab Jabour, south of Baghdad, the U.S. military said it had captured five members of al-Qaida in Iraq, including its regional leader, although he was not identified, CNN reported. In the Rasafa region, ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
NEW DELHI - Jagjit Singh Chauhan, whose efforts to create a separate "land of the pure" for the Sikhs led to much violence, died in India at age 80. Chauhan, a dentist by profession who led the "Khalistan" campaign from London after leaving India, died last Wednesday of a heart attack at his home in Tanda in India's Punjab state, The New York Times reported quoting his wife. The Times said Chauhan's separatist movement included ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
BELGRADE - Four Serbian paramilitary officers were found guilty Tuesday of participating in the Srebrenica massacre of Bosnian Muslims 12 years ago. The convictions were the first in Serbia for crimes that were related to Srebrenica, The New York Times reported. Thousands of men and boys were slaughtered in a few days in July 1995. The charges against the four, part of a unit known as the Scorpions, came after a video released in 2005 ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
LONDON - Britain plans a modest trial run of a pedophile notification system with information limited to a small group of people. The pilot program is to be launched in Somerset, The News of the World reported Tuesday. British police and some children's advocacy groups have opposed laws modeled on the "Megan's laws" adopted by most U.S. states. They fear that sex offenders, who are now required to register but whose identities are kept confidential, ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
BOGOTA - A car bomb exploded outside a police station in the southwest Colombian city of Cali, the first such bombing in four years. The bombing reportedly was the handiwork of the left-wing rebel group Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, authorities said. However other groups, including right-wing paramilitary organizations, have also been included among those suspected of carrying out the blast, El Tiempo reported Tuesday. The Colombian government has been battling the leftist ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
HELSINKI - A court in Finland has imprisoned a Rwandan man suspected of participating in the 1994 massacres in his country. The suspect, a member of the Hutu tribe and a former pastor in the Baptist Church in Rwanda, allegedly was a leader in the killing of Tutsis, Helsingin Sanomat reported. About 800,000 people, including some moderate Hutus, were massacred; many of them hacked with machetes. The man, who has lived in Finland since 2003 ... [full story]
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Apr 11,2007
ANKARA - A man who took over a Turkish passenger plane Tuesday with a threat of having explosives onboard gave himself up after the aircraft landed in Ankara. Applause broke out among the 178 people onboard when they heard the hijacker had surrendered after negotiating with police, the BBC reported. He was taken into custody for further questioning. No injuries were reported and it was not clear why the hijacker, identified as Mehmet Goksin Gol ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
TIRANA - An Albanian opposition lawmaker and journalist said an explosion damaged his car in Tirana but nobody was injured, media reported Tuesday. Erjon Brace, editor of the opposition newspaper Zeri Popullit and a parliamentary deputy for the opposition Socialist Party, said his car was parked outside the building housing his office in the center of the capital when the blast went off under his car Monday evening, the Serbian news agency Tanjug reported. Brace ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
SEOUL - Visiting Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao said in Seoul Tuesday his country and South Korea should maintain high-level exchanges for improving relations. Wen, who arrived Tuesday on the first leg of his two-nation tour that will include Japan, also urged South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun that consultation and security dialogue on foreign policy be continuously carried out, the official Xinhua news agency reported. The Chinese visitor said his country remains committed to denuclearization of ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
OSLO - Bad weather in popular skiing areas in Norway kept most Easter weekend vacationers huddled in their lodges. The Red Cross reported fewer emergency calls than usual for missing or injured skiers, Aftenposten reported. While Oslo enjoyed good weather for most of the holiday period, except for some unseasonable snow, storms hit the Hardangervidda, the high plateau between Oslo and Bergen, and Hemsedal, northwest of Oslo. Many roads were closed because of bad weather, ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
JERUSALEM - Palestinian Authority police said Tuesday that an Israeli report of a Hamas plan to detonate a car bomb in Tel Aviv on Passover is unfounded. The Israeli Secret Service, the Shin Bet, said a driver managed to bring a car loaded with explosives to Tel Aviv in March, Haaretz reported. But for some reason, he returned to the city of Qalqilya on the West Bank. The Shin Bet said it broke up the ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
STRASBOURG - The Grand Chamber of the European Court of Human Rights in France has ruled against a British woman fighting to use frozen embryos fertilized by an ex-partner. Natallie Evans of Trowbridge, England, was left infertile by treatment for ovarian cancer. She and her ex-partner, Howard Johnston, began in-vitro fertilization treatment in 2001 but he asked the clinic to destroy their six embryos when the couple broke up in 2002, the BBC reported. Evans ... [full story]
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