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Apr 10,2007
LONDON - British airports hope to use radio ID tags to track passengers, cut delays and possibly tighten security. Manchester airport has tested the system with 50,000 volunteers for six months, the Daily Telegraph reported. "It enabled us to see how much time passengers spent airside and how efficient our security was," the airport's head of innovation, Yemmi Agbegi, told the Daily Telegraph. If the tags, which are attached to boarding passes, are a success ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
NEW DELHI - In a shocking report Monday, a government-sponsored survey in India said one out of two children in the country has suffered sexual abuse. The report released by Renuka Chowdhury, India's minister for women and child development, also said two out of three children have been physically abused, the Press Trust of India news agency reported. The report, based on a survey of 12,447 children in 13 states, said 53.22 percent of them ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
BUENOS AIRES - Former Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona is on the road to recovery, though he still has a way to go, doctors said Monday. Maradona was hospitalized this month for alcohol-induced hepatitis. After his retirement from the game, Maradona has endured a well-publicized battle with drug addiction and obesity. In 2005, he underwent stomach stapling surgery in Colombia and drug treatment in Cuba. He appeared to be on the mend after the surgery ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
TEHRAN - Iran's announcement that it can now produce nuclear fuel on "an industrial scale" has U.S. officials on edge. Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Monday that his country had "joined the nuclear club of nations," the BBC reported. While he did not reveal any figures by which to gauge Iran's capabilities, a British official called the announcement "a further breach" of International Atomic Energy Agency and United Nations resolutions. In the United States, a ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
TOKYO - The U.S. envoy to the six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program remains hopeful of progress on the issue of transferring frozen funds to North Korea. Speaking to reporters Monday in Tokyo after meeting the Japanese representative to the talks, Christopher Hill, U.S. assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs, said, "We have to see if we can get through this financial issue and we'll know in the next couple ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
ISLAMABAD - The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan reportedly has accused Pakistani military of having links with Islamic Jihadi groups. The commission also said attacks on minorities in Pakistan, especially on Hindus in the Sindh province continues without let up, reports the Press Trust of India news agency. "The lack of action after the excesses committed by the female students of the Jamia Hafsa in Islamabad exposes the deep-rooted links between the military and religious ... [full story]
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Apr 10,2007
LONDON - Britain's Ministry of Defense has put a ban on military personnel selling their stories to the media until the rules surrounding the issue are reviewed. Defense Secretary Des Browne said the review aims to make the rules consistent for all branches of the armed forces, the BBC reported. The review was launched after two of the 15 members of the Royal Navy who were held captive in Iran sold their stories to media ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
SOFIA - Bianca Jagger, a political activist who works with several human rights groups, visited Sofia campaigning for the release of Bulgarian nurses in Libyan prisons. After meeting Bulgarian Prime Minister Sergei Stanishev in Sofia Sunday, Jagger said she supported the You Are Not Alone initiative through which the international community is making efforts to free the five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, the Bulgarian news agency BTA reported Monday. Jagger said she will ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
BAGHDAD - The Iraqi man who helped destroy a statue of Saddam Hussein with a sledgehammer four years ago says the fall of Hussein's regime accomplished nothing. "We got rid of a tyrant and tyranny. But we were surprised that after one thief had left, another 40 replaced him," Khadim al-Jubouri told the Washington Post. "Now, we regret that Saddam Hussein is gone, no matter how much we hated him." The image of the muscular ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
MOSCOW - A shipbuilding yard in northern Russia was the site for the launch of the country's fourth-generation strategic nuclear submarine. The 580-foot-long Borey-class sub, called the Yury Dolgoruky, will be equipped with the Bulava ballistic missile in 2008 after undergoing sea trials this year, the Russian news service RIA Novosti reported. The submarine is capable of carrying up to 16 ballistic missiles. Two other Borey-class nuclear subs, the Alexander Nevsky and the Vladimir Monomakh, ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
WASHINGTON - A dispute over frozen North Korean funds makes it unlikely that a mid-April deadline will be met to shut down North Korea's nuclear reactor. Top U.S. nuclear envoy Christopher Hill plans to travel to South Korea and China this week for more negotiations. The dispute centers on North Korea's refusal to shut down its Yongbyon reactor until it receives $25 million of its funds that have been frozen in a Macau bank, the ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
GIZO - Supplies, including food and clean water, are reaching victims of a tsunami and earthquake in the Solomon Islands, the Red Cross said. Nearly 7,000 people were left homeless and at least 39 killed a week ago when a powerful earthquake shook the area and then caused a tsunami that swept ashore the western part of the islands. Rescue workers repaired the airport at Gizo, allowing for the regular deliver of food, water and ... [full story]
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Apr 09,2007
JERUSALEM - Student groups at colleges and universities across Israel were set to strike this week to fight increases in the cost of higher education. With the Israeli government making significant cuts to the national higher education budget and contemplating a rise in tuition, Haaretz said 250,000 students plan a nationwide strike beginning Tuesday. The planned demonstrations are said to have already gotten the support of Israel's lecturer associations and the faculties at numerous schools. ... [full story]
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