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Nov 29,2007
SYDNEY -- Former Midnight Oil front man Peter Garrett has been appointed environment minister by Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd, it was reported Thursday.Rudd, who has not yet taken office, has targeted the environment one of his top three priorities, along with the Australian economy and its education system.Garrett, who had an international hit with the song "Beds Are Burning," has been a Labor Party member of Parliament since 2004, the BBC reported.Previously, the ex-rocker ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Pervez Musharraf was sworn in as the civilian president of Pakistan Thursday, one day after resigning as head of the nation's military.Musharraf, wearing a suit instead of a uniform at his swearing-in at the presidential palace in Islamabad, called for "political reconciliation," the BBC reported.He faces intense political pressures both within Pakistan, with two former premiers looking to wrest power from him, and internationally, as the United States pushes him to move ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
MANILA, Philippines -- A group of army officers accused in a coup plot in the Philippines took over a luxury Manila hotel Thursday after storming out of their trial.About 30 officers and a senator, on trial for an attempted 2003 coup against Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, holed up in the prestigious Peninsula hotel, local media reported.Live local television coverage of the standoff seen by CNN showed National Police blasting tear gas canisters into the ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- Politicians and Muslims in Britain have denounced Sudan for arresting a British school teacher for allowing students to name a teddy bear Mohammed.Gillian Gibbons, 54, made her first court appearance Thursday in Khartoum after being arrested on Sunday on charges of insulting religion, inciting hatred and showing contempt for religious beliefs.However, the judge adjourned the proceedings because prosecution lawyers from the Ministry of Education didn't show up, The Times of London reported.That ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
BELGRADE, Serbia -- Serbian prosecutors filed charges against 14 Serbs for allegedly killing 70 Croat civilians in an eastern Croatian village in 1991.The 14 people, members of the Serb-led former Yugoslav army and Serb paramilitary units, were accused of war crimes they allegedly committed after they captured the Croatian village of Lovas, close to the border with Serbia, Belgrade's B92 radio said Thursday.The indictment, worked out in cooperation with Croatia's state attorney's office, charged that ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
COLOMBO, Sri Lanka -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, condemning the recent spate of violence in Sri Lanka, has asked the various stakeholders to return to the peace process.The United Nations leader was reacting to twin bomb attacks Wednesday in and around Colombo in which at least 19 died, and other incidents earlier.Ban "appeals for an end to the destructive spiral of violence in Sri Lanka and calls on the parties to the conflict to return ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
LONDON -- A 105-year-old, bejeweled Faberge egg has been purchased at auction in Britain for a record $17.8 million by a private Russian art collector.The unidentified collector was in the Christie's auction room in London for the sale of the Rothschild Egg, which broke the previous Faberge record of $13.2 million paid for the Winter Egg in 2002, the BBC reported Thursday.The Rothschild egg, made in 1902 for the Rothschild banking family, had never been ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
CANBERRA, Australia -- Australian Prime Minister-elect Kevin Rudd has named a 20-person Cabinet lineup from his victorious Labor Party, which assumes office next week.Rudd told a news conference Thursday that Julia Gillard, named as Australia's first deputy prime minister, will also be in charge of a new "super ministry" incorporating employment, workplace relations and education.Rudd, whose party ousted the Liberal-National coalition headed by Prime Minister John Howard, at elections last Saturday, appointed two other women ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
TOKYO -- Japan's expanding investigation into alleged collusion between the Defense Ministry and contractors has led to the arrest of a former vice minister.Wednesday's arrest of Takemasa Moriya related to inflated prices paid for aircraft engines used by the Japanese air force, the Financial Times reported. The report also said the ministry has a reputation for paying higher prices for equipment, partly because a high proportion is made in Japan.Moriya had earlier admitted to being ... [full story]
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Nov 29,2007
JERUSALEM -- A goodwill release of Palestinian prisoners from an Israeli jail was set for Sunday, Red Cross officials and Palestinian authorities said.Hundreds of prisoners had set their hopes on being released before this week's peace summit in the United States and were following the news each day, Ynetnews.com reported.Wednesday, the Palestinian Authority's Prisoner Affairs Bureau said the release would be Sunday and prisoners' representatives were contacted by the Red Cross.Officials at the Ktziot prison ... [full story]
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