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Apr 16,2009
VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- Eight years after a Canadian boy was born brain-damaged, a Vancouver, British Columbia, court has awarded his mother $4 million in damages. The provincial Supreme Court ruled in favor of Monica Cojocaru, who sought the damages from the British Columbia Women's Hospital in Vancouver. The court heard that the woman had once before had a child by caesarean section, but wanted to deliver her second child vaginally, The Province newspaper reported. ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Manitoba became the first Canadian province to enact a law requiring anyone who encounters child pornography to report it to police. Family Services Minister Gord Mackintosh said while the most likely people to come across child pornography are Internet service providers and computer repair technicians, the law makes it mandatory for every resident to report it, the Winnipeg Free Press reported Thursday. The measure places pornography on the same level as child ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
MONTREAL -- A massive sweep of Canadian Hells Angels members and associates in Quebec was made possible by at least three inside informers, police said. The Gazette newspaper in Montreal said information from one senior member of the motorcycle gang and two junior members enabled police to make Wednesday's sweep and arrest 123 people on murder, drug and organized crime charges. Some 1,200 police officers executed 177 search warrants in Quebec and New Brunswick related ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- U.S. Sen. John Kerry was not expected to meet with Sudan's embattled president Thursday during his visit with government leaders in Khartoum, officials said. The Massachusetts Democrat and 2004 presidential candidate was expected to meet with Sudanese Vice President Ali Osman Mohammed Taha and other government officials, but not President Omar Hassan al-Bashir, indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes he allegedly committed in the nation's Darfur region, Voice of ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
GAZA -- The Palestinian Authority cabinet wants "Occupied Palestine" used when referring to the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. In a decision made during the weekly meeting of the government, the Palestinian Authority instructed its representatives and media to act accordingly, the Jerusalem Post reported Thursday. Until now, the terms Palestinian Territories and West Bank and Gaza Strip were used when referring to the two areas. Hamas, Hezbollah, al-Qaida and other radical Islamic groups, ... [full story]
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Apr 16,2009
BROOME, Australia -- An explosion on a boat carrying refugees killed at least three people and injured 46 others, with two reported missing, Western Australian police said. The boat, believed to be carrying Afghan asylum-seekers, was being escorted to Christmas Island by the Royal Australian Navy when the explosion occurred Thursday, the Australian Broadcasting Corp. reported. The Royal Flying Doctors Service said helicopters with medical personnel were using an offshore oil and gas facility to ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
MOMBASA, Kenya -- French officials Wednesday said a French warship captured 11 suspected pirates off the coast of Kenya. The officials told the BBC the warship Nivose on an EU piracy patrol captured the suspects following an unsuccessful attack on the U.S. cargo ship, the Liberty Sun, in waters of the region. The French Defense Ministry said the suspects were captured nearly 550 miles from the Kenyan port of Mombasa, and that a regional pirate attack on ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- Pirates armed with grenade launchers and automatic weapons attempted to hijack a U.S.-flagged cargo ship off the Somali coast, officials said. While the ship, Liberty Sun, sustained some damage in Tuesday's assault, the crew was unharmed and the vessel was able to continue with its shipment of humanitarian aid to its destination port in Mombasa, Kenya, The New York Times reported Wednesday. Liberty Maritime Corp., which owns the vessel, issued a statement from its ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
MANILA, Philippines -- A U.S. foundation has donated $50,000 to help fishermen displaced by a 2006 oil spill off the Philippines island of Guimaras, observers said. Citi Foundation Wednesday turned over a check to Petron Corp. President Eric Recto to fund the second phase of a fisherman livelihood program for people in Nueva Valencia, Philippines, who were affected by oil spill from the Petron-chartered ship MT Solar I, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. The newspaper said the ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
LA PAZ, Bolivia -- Authorities in Bolivia say they don't know why someone set off a bomb outside the home of a Roman Catholic cardinal early Wednesday. No one was hurt in the blast at the home of Cardinal Julio Terrazas and there was only minor damage, CNN said, citing Bolivian media reports. Terrazas, 73, wasn't at the residence at the time. CNN said the church has been a target in the past of harsh criticism from Bolivian ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
WARSAW, Poland -- Polish police said they arrested 27 members of an international ring of counterfeiters who were distributing forged euro banknotes. About 300 agents of the Polish Central Bureau of Investigation were involved in the operation that ended with the apprehension of the alleged head of the gang, Radoslaw B., a 29-year-old man from the central Polish town of Chelmo, the Polish news.pl Web site said Wednesday. If put on trial and found guilty, the counterfeiters ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
NARA, Japan -- A Japanese psychiatrist accused of leaking medical records to a journalist is guilty of breaking confidentiality laws, a court says. Morimitsu Sakihama, 51, was sentenced to four months in prison and suspended for three years by the Nara District Court Wednesday after judges determined he leaked the records of a teenager who torched his home last year, leading to the deaths of his stepmother and two siblings, Japan's Kyodo News reported. It was the ... [full story]
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Apr 15,2009
PARIS -- Iraqi Vice President Adel Abd Mahdi and French President Nicolas Sarkozy prepared Wednesday for bilateral discussions in Paris, officials said. The talks on the international situation are part of a four-day visit by the Iraqi official during which he was scheduled to meet with French political and economic leaders, the Kuwait News Agency KUNA reported. Mahdi's visit comes after an unannounced call paid by Sarkozy on Baghdad in February, when the French leader stopped in ... [full story]
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