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Jan 03,2008
BEIJING -- China plans to replace execution by firing squad with lethal injection, China Daily reported Thursday quoting a senior judicial official.Jiang Xingchang, vice-president of the Supreme People's Court, told the newspaper half the country's 404 intermediate people's courts, responsible for most of the executions in the country, already are using lethal injections."It is considered more humane and will eventually be used in all intermediate people's courts," Jiang said.CNN reported China does not disclose details ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
AMSTERDAM, Netherlands -- Officials arrested three men in the Netherlands on suspicion of plotting an attack at a new year's party on the Erasmus Bridge in Rotterdam.Police arrested two Moroccan-Dutch citizens and a Sudanese national over what intelligence officials said was a plot to commit "a violent action," Expatica said Thursday.Public prosecutors did not elaborate on the details of what the "violent action" entailed.Celebrants gathered in droves for a new year's party on the Wilhelmina ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
LOD, Israel -- Flight traffic returned to normal at Israel's Ben Gurion Airport following a flight stoppage by air traffic controllers protesting a near-accident report.Air traffic controllers stopped allowing takeoffs from the airport following Wednesday's release of a report detailing a near-accident in August 2006. The report faulted over-worked air traffic controllers for the incident, the Jerusalem Post said Thursday.Israeli Transportation Minister Shual Mofaz met the controllers' demand for an independent investigation into the incident ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The party of slain Benazir Bhutto will take part in Pakistan's delayed elections, her husband announced Thursday.Speaking at a news conference in Bhutto's hometown of Larkana, Pakistan, Asif Ali Zardari criticized the postponement of the election but said his Pakistan People's Party would take part.He said Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf's Pakistan Muslim League faction won't be given any "excuse to run away" from the elections, which will now be Feb. 18.Musharraf, under ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
BAGHDAD -- An explosion in Baghdad killed three civilians and wounded four others but an official linked to Shiite leader Moqtada Sadr escaped injury in a bomb attack.An explosion in the southern Baghdad district of al-Zaafaraniah went off near a home, killing three occupants and wounding four, the official Kuwait News Agency said Thursday.Violence is down in Iraq in general, however, an explosive device detonated near the home of Iraqi Member of Parliament Falah Hasann ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
LONDON -- A major series of delays in British rail travel between Christmas and New Year's were blamed on staff calling in sick with hangovers, the Daily Mail reported.Thousands of passengers were delayed or had to make other travel arrangements when the west coast Network Rail system connecting England and Scotland all but shut down, the newspaper said.In a public apology, the company said a shortage of just 20 specialist workers created the problem.Sources told ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
BOLINGBROOK, Ill. -- Celebrity mentalist The Amazing Kreskin reportedly offered to assist in the search for missing suburban Chicago mother Stacy Peterson."I'm interested in becoming involved with this case, in more ways than one," Kreskin said. "Let's hope we can make a breakthrough on this.A spokesmen with the Illinois State Police said Kreskin's agent contacted the department but investigators declined to meet with the mentalist, the Chicago Tribune said Thursday.Stacy Peterson has been missing since ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
LISBON, Portugal -- Portuguese police investigating the disappearance of a British girl have placed her parents back on their list as prime suspects, the Daily Mail said Thursday.Madeleine McCann disappeared from a family rental villa in Praia da Luz May 3 just days before her fourth birthday while her parents were out for dinner.Gerry and Kate McCann, both 39, have repeatedly denied any knowledge of what happened to the girl, but Portuguese prosecutors said in ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
LONDON -- Officials at London's Royal Marsden cancer treatment hospital say Wednesday's fire created a financial disaster for the premier institution.Founded in 1851, much of the hospital's roof and operating rooms were damaged when the fire broke out, The Guardian reported Thursday.Radiologist Dr. Peter Blake told the newspaper emergency preparations paid off when the fire started on the fourth floor."We practiced a lot for evacuating people, but financially it's a disaster," he said.One patient and ... [full story]
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Jan 03,2008
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- The party of assassinated leader Benazir Bhutto plans to take part in Pakistan's delayed elections but its leaders say many of its workers are being arrested.The leaders of Pakistan People's Party claim thousands of people have either been arrested or face rioting and arson charges arising from violent protests over the killing of the former prime minister in Rawalpindi a week ago, the BBC reported Thursday.The election commission postponed parliamentary elections, originally ... [full story]
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