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Apr 28,2009
HUDUR, Somalia -- Two European aid workers were freed by Somali gunmen in the country's Bakol region, clan elders said Tuesday. No ransom was paid to the kidnappers, who had demanded $4 million, elders told the Shabelle Media Network. The two workers, one Belgian and one Dutch, were working for Medecins Sans Frontieres when they were kidnapped April 10 near Hudur, the provincial capital of the Bakol region in southwestern Somalia. Copyright © 2009, by United Press International. All ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
JERUSALEM -- Remembrance Day ceremonies across Israel Tuesday began with sirens blaring for two minutes to honor Israelis who died defending the country. At the main ceremony in Jerusalem's Mount Herzl Cemetery, Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told a crowd of 100,000-plus that Israel would not compromise its security or relinquish control of its future while striving for peace, The Jerusalem Post reported. "Our hand is extended in peace to all our neighbors," Netanyahu said. "But our ... [full story]
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Apr 28,2009
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- About 30,000 people in Pakistan's Lower Dir region have been displaced because of a military offensive against Taliban militants, a local official said Tuesday. Iftikhar Hussain, Northwest Frontier province information director, said the displaced people fled from the Maidan area after the military offensive -- Operation Black Thunder -- began Sunday, the Pakistani newspaper Dawn reported. "We are making arrangements for them in Peshawar, Nowshera and Timargarah districts," Hussain said. One local non-profit organization ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
MANILA, Philippines -- Premature quintuplets -- reportedly the first ever born alive in the Philippines -- were precariously clinging to life Monday, doctors said. Lorita Barrera, 27, of Cavite gave birth to the five babies via Caesarean section Sunday in Manila, The Philippine Star reported. She said she and her husband Gary had expected quadruplets, based on her ultrasound results, the Philippine network ABS-CBN reported. The babies were placed in incubators, with at least three of them ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka says although major combat operations have ended, troops were still sweeping a corner of the country to end the Tamil Tiger insurgency. In turn, the rebels say they may be confined to a tiny area on the island's northeast coast, but will not surrender in their fight for their own ethnic homeland, the Voice of America reported. The rebels also say airstrikes by the government are ongoing. The VOA said the ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
LEEDS, England -- Two British teenagers were sent to locked facilities for leading a brutal attack on a 15-year-old who was tortured and dumped in a shallow grave. The victim survived the attack. But the judge who sentenced his tormentors was told that he continues to have flashbacks, The Daily Mail reported. Prosecutors at a hearing Friday in Leeds Crown Court said that the ringleaders, a girl then aged 14 and a boy, 13, joined by two ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
MEXICO CITY -- The death toll in Mexico blamed on the contagious swine-flu virus has reached at least 149, Mexican officials said Monday. Nearly 2,000 people reportedly have been hospitalized with flu-like symptoms in and around Mexico City, the epicenter of the growing outbreak. Officials in Mexico City declared the highest state of alert for efforts to contain the spreading illness. A spokesman for the city government, Marcel Ebrard, said many business would be closed and ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
MEXICO CITY -- The flu virus in Mexico City had to be identified in a Canadian laboratory because Mexico lacked the facilities, President Felipe Calderon said.. Mexican health officials accused of moving too slowly to contain the outbreak had to wait for confirmation Thursday from the Canadian lab before issuing more restrictive measures, the Los Angeles Times reported Monday. Health officials reported a small increase in flu deaths Wednesday but said there was no sign of an ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
TAIYUAN, China -- Eighteen local Chinese officials accused of negligence in a landslide that killed 277 people will soon face trial, prosecutors say. Two courts in Shanxi province have received the criminal files compiled against the officials for their roles in last year's disastrous collapse of an unlicensed iron ore dreg-retaining pond, which triggered a massive Sept. 8 landslide in Xiangfen county, the state-run Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Monday. The avalanche of mud and mining waste ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
MOSCOW -- An off-duty police chief allegedly killed three people and injured six others Monday in a supermarket shooting in Moscow, police said. The killings may have been sparked by a family argument, said Vladimir Markin, police chief in Moscow's Tsaritsino district. Denis Yevsyukov, chief of police in Moscow's southern district, was arrested after allegedly killing the driver of the car who dropped him at the store, a female cashier and a man inside the store, RIA ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BIRMINGHAM, England -- A British man was rescued after kidnappers strapped gas canisters to his body and left him in a car, police in Birmingham, England, said. A passerby summoned police Sunday night after finding the terrified man bound and gagged, The Times of London reported Monday. The unidentified man was in the car for eight hours as police evacuated the area, closed nearby rail lines and imposed a no-fly zone, Chief Superintendent Tom Coughlan said. "This action ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
SEOUL -- Former South Korean President Roh Moo-hyun used his right to remain silent during questioning in a bribery scandal, sources said Monday. Unnamed sources close to the investigation told the South Korean news agency Yonhap that Roh, in a 16-page written response to prosecutors' questions, declined to answer a key query that specifically asked how $1 million supposedly taken from an indicted businessman was used. Roh has admitted that his wife accepted money from Park Yeon-cha, ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BEIJING -- Twenty couples who met after losing their spouses in a 2008 earthquake were married in China in a group wedding, officials in Sichuan Province said. The service Sunday, funded by the local government, was conducted according to the customs of the Qianq ethnic group in Beichuan County, which lost two-thirds of its population in the May 12, 2008 quake. Each couple planted a sapling to symbolize caring and happiness, Xinhua, China's state-run news agency, reported. The ... [full story]
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