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Nov 27,2007
MOSCOW -- A senior Russian elections official in Moscow alleged Tuesday the United Russia party is using threats to secure a victory in Sunday's national Duma election.The official who asked not to be identified told The Moscow Times the party is pressuring people in order to double the number of votes the latest opinion polls indicate it will win.Under Russian election law, the newspaper isn't allowed to publish figures for expected results within seven days ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
MANILA, Philippines -- A meeting in Manila to discuss emergency response to two typhoons buffeting the Philippines was evacuated Tuesday when a magnitude 4 earthquake hit.Filipino President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo, Cabinet ministers and civil defense officials were discussing typhoons Hagibis and Mitag, which together have killed at least 25 people since the weekend, the Pacific News Center reported.There were no immediate reports of major damage from the earthquake, which geologists said was centered 50 miles northwest ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
PYONGYANG, North Korea -- Public executions in North Korea, on decline since 2000, rose this year, the Chosun Ilbo reported Tuesday quoting a relief agency in Seoul.Those executed included people who allegedly disobeyed the North Korean Workers' Party orders and others accused of murder and human trafficking, the report said.Others who face the harshest punishment are those who violate the country's foreign currency regulations.One accused was hit with 90 bullets as 150,000 residents and party ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
OXFORD, England -- Protesters in Britain disrupted a forum at the Oxford Union featuring a far-right politician and a historian who calls the Holocaust a myth.As many as 300 protesters rallied outside the 184-year-old debating society while about 50 forced their way in to delay the forum's start, the BBC reported Tuesday.The protesters, primarily students at Oxford, were angry over the debating society's invitation to Nick Griffin, leader of the British National Party, and David ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
TEHRAN -- Iran said it is strengthening its defense system with a new long-range missile and a domestically produced submarine.The Ashoura missile, designed and developed in Iran, can hit targets up to 1,240 miles away, Iranian Defense Minister Mostafa Mohammad Najjar told a group of Islamic militiamen, Iran's Press TV reported Tuesday.Iran has become self-sufficient in meeting its need for weapons and munitions but would only use them if attacked, Najjar said.The new submarine is ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
PARIS -- More than 60 police officers were injured in running street battles with youths in suburban Paris in a second night of violence, reports said Tuesday.The rioters used handguns, gasoline bombs and rocks against police, a BBC correspondent reported. Five of the injured officers were listed in critical condition, the report said.Riot police responded with batons, tear gas and rubber bullets, officials said. There were no reports of how many of the rioters were ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
BAGHDAD -- Four Iraqi civilians in a minibus in Baghdad were killed by U.S. troops Tuesday when their driver ignored a warning shot to stop, police said.The Iraqi Health Ministry told Kuwait's KUNA news agency the group worked for a bank and were on their way to work on a road designated for cars only, and not trucks.Three of the dead were women and two other people were hospitalized with gunshot injuries, the report said.The ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
BAGHDAD -- A U.S. military commander in Baghdad said insurgents backed and trained by Iran aren't slowing down violence as other groups have done in recent months.Speaking to Voice of America, U.S. Army Col. Don Farris, who commands coalition forces in the volatile Baghdad neighborhoods of Sadr City and Adamiyah, said such "Special Groups" planted nine Iranian-designed and supplied deadly bombs last month and show no sign of slowing."While the (overall) violence is down, I ... [full story]
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Nov 27,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf, due to step down as army chief shortly, began saying goodbye Tuesday at various military headquarters.The round of farewells is in line with tradition and Musharraf was due to step down officially Wednesday before taking the oath for a new term as president Thursday, the Press Trust of India reported.Musharraf was appointed army chief by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who promoted him over senior officers in 1998. However, ... [full story]
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Nov 26,2007
Two Bend men were arrested Thursday night when a physical fight between two co-workers in the Wal-Mart parking lot apparently didn’t settle the dispute, and one retrieved a gun from his vehicle and pointed it at the other, police reported.  A friend of the man with the gun was also arrested after allegedly brandishing a wooden bat.   Joshua Taylor Lunsford (left) and Jeffrey Scott Pachtman (right) - DCJ photos Joshua Taylor Lunsford, 20, and Brian Allen ... [full story]
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