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Apr 27,2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- Sri Lanka said Monday it has stopped using heavy weapons in a bid to spare the lives of civilians trapped in a Tamil rebel-held "no-fire" zone. The country's defense ministry said it has also stopped launching air strikes in the northeastern Sri Lanka enclave held by the remnants of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, the Colombo Page reported. "Government of Sri Lanka has decided that combat operations have reached their conclusion," an ... [full story]
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Apr 27,2009
BUDAPEST, Hungary -- Hungary's national police chief said he suspects killings of Gypsies in northeastern Hungary could be blamed on the same ring of extremists. Jozsef Bencze said he increased an original reward of $45,000 to $227,000 for information that could lead to the killers of members of the Romany (Gypsy) minority, the Hungarian news agency MTI said Monday. Bencze said two Romanies were killed in the town of Nagycsecs in November, a father and his 5-year-old ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- More than 6,400 Sri Lankan civilians have been killed in three months of fighting between the army and Tamil Tiger rebels, the United Nations says in a report. Additionally, almost 14,000 were injured, according to the report, which, The Times of London said, was not released to the media. The report went, instead, to foreign embassies in Colombo, the Sri Lankan capital, and was then passed along to the media by a ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
LONDON -- A British charity is offering a $15,000 reward for information about a 35-year-old York University chef, who police say may have been a murder victim. Claudia Lawrence was last seen leaving her job March 18 and detectives are now treating her disappearance as a suspected murder, the Guardian reported Friday. The charity Crimestoppers says it decided to offer an "enhanced reward" because of the level of interest in the case. Police in North Yorkshire believe Lawrence ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
BEIJING -- China's decades-long campaign to wipe out the Falun Gong movement has failed to stifle its appeal, a lawyer for imprisoned members says. Han Zhiguang of the Beijing law firm Gongdao says Falun Gong members in China today number in the tens of millions, the London Telegraph reported Friday. "We do not know the exact number but one thing is certain: It is expanding," Han told the Telegraph. Saturday marks the tenth anniversary of a protest in ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan -- A 30-year-old Canadian female military officer was found dead in sleeping quarters in Kandahar, Afghanistan, military officials said. The defense ministry released few details about the death of Maj. Michelle Mendes, except that she was on her second tour of duty in the NATO mission, the Canwest News Service reported from the base. The military said she died from "a non-battle injury" that did not involve enemy action. Mendes was one of 36 troops injured ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- Activists of the Romany, or Gypsy, minority in the Czech Republic said they plan countrywide protests against rising extremism and discrimination. Leaders of the minority, estimated at 300,000 members by Czech authorities, said the protests will be organized in some 15 towns and cities on Sunday, May 3, Prague Radio said Friday. The protests are coming amidst increased political tensions sparked by the last week's neo-Nazi march in the northern Czech town of ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
BEIJING -- North Korea has nuclear weapons and the ability to deliver them, says International Atomic Energy Agency chief Mohamed ElBaradei. Speaking in Beijing, Elbaradei told reporters, "North Korea has nuclear weapons, which is a matter of fact. I don't like to accept any country as a nuclear weapon state but we have to face reality," The Times of London reported Friday. ElBaradei said the addition of North Korea as a "fully fledged nuclear power" makes nine ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
BELGRADE, Serbia -- A Belgrade court sentenced four former Serbian policemen to jail terms from 13 to 20 years for killing 50 Albanian civilians in Kosovo in 1999, officials said. The Serbian court trying war crimes convicted the four of massacring 48 members of the Berisha family, most of them women and children aged from 1 year to 100 years, and two others, Belgrade's B92 Web site said Friday. Operating in Suva Reka, southern Kosovo, the four ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
VIENNA -- An Arab League official told a U.N. commission in Austria Friday that an international conference under U.N. auspices should meet to define terrorism clearly. Mohammad Ridhwan Bin Khadhra, the league's advisor for legal affairs, told a meeting of the U.N. Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice that international cooperation in combating terrorism is hindered by the lack of a clear definition. Bin Khadhra said it is important to differentiate between terrorism and a people's ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The Canadian Border Services Agency Friday questioned seven men found stowed away on a ship that docked at the Atlantic port of Halifax, Nova Scotia. Jennifer Morrison, a CBSA spokeswoman, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. the men were found aboard the Swedish-flagged cargo ship Atlantic Concert at midday Thursday. The report said the ship's last port of call was Antwerp, Belgium. Morrison said she couldn't disclose the men's names, ages or nationalities because of ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- British Prince Andrew made a ceremonial military visit to Canadian infantry reservists in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Andrew, 49, is the honorary colonel-in-chief of the Princess Louise Fusiliers, a regiment that was formed in 1749. With the troops in full-dress scarlet tunics, the prince reviewed them and chatted with several members in the evening parade at Citadel Hill, The Chronicle-Herald newspaper reported. The report said dozens of civilians were on hand to witness Queen ... [full story]
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Apr 24,2009
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- The ruling African National Congress predicted a crushing victory in the South African parliamentary elections Friday as vote-counting progressed. Jacob Zuma, the presumed president-to-be, a flamboyant ethnic Zulu, told thousands of cheering supporters at a raucous rally in Johannesburg Thursday that the ANC could outstrip its goal of two-thirds control in parliament. Results of the Wednesday vote in South Africa, where there are 23 million registered voters and all votes are counted by ... [full story]
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