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Dec 26,2007
LONDON -- The British foreign secretary says the government has no plans to form an independent inquiry into mistakes made before and after the invasion of Iraq.Foreign Secretary David Miliband said in response to a question about whether an inquiry would be held after British troops are out of Iraq that the government needs to focus on the future of Iraq, not the mistakes of the past, The Independent reported Wednesday."I am obsessed with the ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
LONDON -- British hunting advocates say about 250,000 people may participate in Boxing Day hunts around the country.Pro-hunting campaigners said the increasing popularity of foxhunting is a sign of widespread support for repealing a law against hunting foxes with dogs that was passed two years ago, Sky News reported Wednesday."Numbers have been consistently good since the ban came into force a couple of years ago," said Jill Grieve, a spokeswoman for the pro-hunting Countryside Alliance. ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Senate leaders called on Congress to award a Congressional Gold Medal to Aung San Suu Kyi, the leader of the opposition group in Myanmar.Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said they intend to introduce legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Suu Kyi, mirroring similar legislation in the House of Representatives."Aung San Suu Kyi is a woman of unrivaled courage," Feinstein said in the daily congressional ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
BAQUBA, Iraq -- The top U.S. general in Iraq said troops discovered a militant medical facility next to a torture complex that was found last week near the city of Muqdadiya.Gen. David Petraeus said the medical facility was part of an al-Qaida in Iraq complex that also included a large weapons cache, CNN reported Wednesday. Mass graves containing 26 bodies and bloodstained torture rooms were discovered at the complex last week.The Multinational Forces in Iraq ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
ABOGBO, Nigeria -- An explosion in Abogbo, Nigeria, killed 42 people while villagers attempted to salvage fuel from a vandalized pipeline.A police spokesman said many people were injured in the explosion Tuesday but he didn't specify a number, the Abuja Daily Trust reported Wednesday."I can confirm that there was a pipeline explosion somewhere in the creeks of Tarkwa Bay," Lagos State Deputy Superintendent of Police Frank Mbah said Tuesday night. "Officers from Lagos State police ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
LONDON -- The British navy's most technologically advanced submarine was undergoing repairs after a crucial component failed during its first test.The HMS Astute, the first of a new generation of nuclear submarines, sustained serious damage to its turbogenerators when oil stopped circulating during a test, The Times of London reported Wednesday.The vessel, which was built by BAE Systems for a cost of more than $2 billion, was launched in June and is scheduled to go ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
BOSSASO, Somalia -- Witnesses said heavily armed militants have kidnapped two Spanish aid workers in Somalia's Puntland region.The witnesses said a group of militiamen approached the two women, employees of Doctors Without Borders, as they drank tea Tuesday at a shop in the city of Bossaso, Garowe Online reported Wednesday.The women, who were traveling alone, were taken into a vehicle by the militiamen and transported to an undisclosed location, the witnesses said.The kidnappings came the ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
NOUAKCHOTT, Mauritania -- Mauritania police were investigating whether gunmen who killed four French tourists were affiliated with al-Qaida.Francois Tollet, the only survivor of the attack, was recovering Wednesday in a Mauritania hospital, Euronews.net reported Wednesday. Three members of his family and a friend were killed at the side of a road Monday after the group had stopped for a picnic.Police initially suspected robbery as the motive for the attack but the car the tourists were ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt -- Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak hosted Israeli officials in the resort town of Sharm el-Sheik to discuss border security issues and proposed housing activity.Mubarak supported his Palestinian counterparts' demands that Israel halt the construction of 307 homes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, saying the activity harmed the peace process between the Israelis and Palestinians, Haaretz said Wednesday."This settlement activity will hijack the only outcome of the Annapolis conference, which was ... [full story]
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Dec 26,2007
SEMARANG, Indonesia -- An official with Indonesia's disaster management agency said at least 61 people were killed by landslides in Central Java province.The agency said 35 people were found by rescuers using heavy machinery and their bare hands to dig through the rubble in Tawangmangu district at Karanganyar regency, Xinhua, China's official government-run news agency, reported Wednesday.An official at the agency said operatives with the national rescue agency, soldiers, police, students and survivors were involved ... [full story]
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