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Dec 31,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Benazir Bhutto's husband, rejecting the Pakistani government's claim the former prime minister died of a fractured skull, insisted she was shot."I can say confidently that she was shot," Asia Ali Zardari said in a CNN report.Zardari called the official explanation on Bhutto's death, who was assassinated Thursday at a political rally, "a useless excuse." He said it was meant to draw attention from the main subject of the person responsible for her ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
BRUSSELS -- France's tenure as president of the European Union beginning July 1 is being viewed as a Paris's return to the center stage of European politics."The French presidency will be highly ambitious. Budget reform, agriculture, trade, energy security, climate change, immigration, defense -- you name it, as long as there's something to be done, the French will do it," said one Brussels-based ambassador in Monday's Financial Times.The overall perspective is mixed, however, as some ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
SOFIA, Bulgaria -- Bulgarian police seized 132 pounds of heroin and arrested four people, one a former customs official, a prosecutor said.The arrests were made at the Kapitan Andreevo crossing point at the border with Turkey Saturday, Bulgarian prosecutor Dicho Atanassov said.A police officer was slightly injured when the arrests were made, the SNA news agency reported.A Serbian, Budimir Kujovic, and three Bulgarians, including the former customs official, were charged with drug trafficking, SNA reported.. ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
RABAT, Morocco -- Preferential treatment for detained militants in Moroccan prisons highlights the influence the various jihadi movements have over authorities.Monday's New York Times cited the case of Ahmed Rafiki, known as the father of Moroccan jihadists, whose lush private gardens, radios and visits by his two wives in prison showcase the balancing act between counter-terrorism efforts and the influence of Islamic militants.Prisoners gain leverage over authorities through hunger strikes and protests and officials worry ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- Former Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's party plans to participate in upcoming elections, reversing an earlier decision.The elections were originally set for Jan. 8 but the election commission will decide Tuesday whether to postpone them.Sharif's Pakistan Muslim League party had planned to boycott the elections in the aftermath of Thursday's assassination of Benazir Bhutto, also a former prime minister. Bhutto led the Pakistan People's Party. Sharif had decided to stay out of ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
JERUSALEM -- Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ordered that new settlement construction on contested land must be cleared by him personally.In a letter to the ministers of defense, housing and agriculture, Olmert wrote: "Your approval is not sufficient; from now on, all construction ... must be OK'd by me."Under heightened international scrutiny as peace talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas continue, Israel's construction of housing units in East Jerusalem drew criticism from the U.S. ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban attack on a police check post in southern Afghanistan's Kandahar region killed at least 16 policemen, it was reported Monday.The BBC reported the attack occurred during the weekend in the Maywand district, and that it was launched by a "large group of militants." The report said the check post is near Highway 1, the country's main thoroughfare.Afghan Interior Ministry spokesman Zamarai Bashari said the attackers came in a group but ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
BAGHDAD -- Thousands of Iraqis attended memorial services Monday for Saddam Hussein, the first anniversary of the former Iraqi president's state execution.The largest gathering was in Saddam's hometown of Tikrit, where Sunni Muslim clerics, former members of Saddam's Baathist party and thousands of supporters observed the anniversary of his hanging death in Baghdad, Iraq's Alsumaria news service said.Saddam was captured from an underground hideout by U.S. troops on Dec. 29, 2003. He was put on ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan -- A videotape released Monday shows former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto being struck by a bullet seconds before an explosion in Rawalpindi.Bhutto was at a political rally Thursday and was videotaped standing up through the sunroof of her bomb-proofed car. Her hair and scarf can be seen moving as three shots rang out and she slumps back into the vehicle, CNN reported.A second later, a bomb exploded and killed 23 other people.Her ... [full story]
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Dec 31,2007
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Weekend election violence related to Kenya's disputed presidential election killed at least 46 people, local media reported Monday.The body count was given for the western city of Kisumu, home of defeated opposition challenger Raila Odinga, local media told CNN.Unrest after Sunday's announcement that incumbent President Mwai Kibaki was returned to power continued Monday in Nairobi, where police used tear gas and fired warning shots over protesters' heads, the report said.Throughout the country, ... [full story]
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