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Dec 05,2007
BANFF, Scotland -- Sheriff's officials in Banff, Scotland, have levied Britain's first fine for harassing dolphins against a 22-year-old jet-skier.Banff Sheriff's Court heard testimony against Nicol Wood from several witnesses about the incident June 24, 2006, when Wood was seen traveling at high speed in Moray Firth on Scotland's northern coast, The Times of London reported.Last week, Wood entered a plea of innocent, but the court found him guilty Tuesday and fined him $1,000, the ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
OTTAWA -- A legislative report recommends citizenship for the "Lost Canadians," people affected by wrinkles in the 1947 Citizenship Act.Many people in the group only learned they were not technically Canadian citizens when they applied for passports, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reports. Recent changes in rules for Canadians traveling to the United States brought a spate of passport applications and of new "Lost Canadians."Those affected by the law include the children born in U.S. hospitals ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice traveled to Ethiopia Wednesday to discuss peace and security in the region.Rice is scheduled to meet with the heads of states and ministers from the Great Lakes area that include Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Congo, the State Department said on its Web site. She also is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with Ethiopian government officials.Rice was to discuss developments in Somalia and implementation of Sudan's ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
STOCKHOLM, Sweden -- Two women who worked as underage prostitutes sued the state three decades after a major sex scandal ensnared several Swedish politicians.The two women are demanding $150,000 in damages from the state despite the statute of limitations imposing a 10-year limit, The Local reported Wednesday.Niclas Karlsson, the lawyer for the women, said he didn't expect the state to reject the claims."I do not expect the state to make reference to the statute of ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
PARIS -- The son of French president Nicholas Sarkozy is the subject of a scandal involving a traffic accident in which he allegedly received preferential treatment.M'Hamed Bellouti, 37, filed a $382 suit for damages and $5,870 for delays in the trial of Jean Sarkozy, who allegedly ran into Bellouti's vehicle with a scooter in 2005.Bellouti claims police refused to follow up their investigation into the accident and could not trace Sarkozy to the scooter, but ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
MOSUL, Iraq -- A stable Iraq is nearing, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates told reporters in Mosul Wednesday, but patience will be required in achieving stability."A secure, stable and democratic Iraq is within reach," Gates said after a meeting with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki in the northern Iraqi city. "We must be patient" and be resolved in this goal "so all Iraqis can enjoy peace and prosperity."As Gates spoke of a peaceful Iraq, car ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
WARSAW, Poland -- Polish prosecutors are investigating allegations janitors at a nursing home outside Warsaw mistreated elderly women verbally and physically.Janitors in the Radosc private home for women allegedly mistreated patients for a long period until cell phone recordings of the ugly scenes were handed over to the Polska daily, Polish Radio said Wednesday.Lukasz K., a conscientious objector serving his military term by doing community service work at the home, recorded the abuse, showing janitors ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
Oregon Governor Theodore R. Kulongoski and other state officials on Tuesday visited coastal towns in the northwest part of the state hit hard by widespread flooding.   The coastal town of Vernonia, Ore., was hard hit by heavy rains Dec. 2 and 3. Oregon Governor Theodore Kulongoski reviewed the damage from an Oregon Army National Guard UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter on Dec. 4. (All photos provided by USAF - Tech. Sgt. Nick Choy, ONG Public Affairs Office)     Oregon ... [full story]
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Dec 05,2007
An 85-year old Bend driver died Tuesday afternoon when, in an attempt to pass a backhoe on Highway 26 near Madras, his car sideswiped an oncoming pickup and then struck another car head-on.  The car’s driver, a Warm Springs-area woman, was also killed, police said, and her two passengers were seriously injured. According to an Oregon State Police (OSP) news release, the three-vehicle crash was reported about 4:45 p.m., December 4, and troopers responded to the ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
MOGADISHU, Somalia -- A United Nations group and its partners have started providing meals to tens of thousands of people in Mogadishu, Somalia.The U.N. World Food Program said in a news release Monday that beginning Nov. 25 it began providing meals to up to 50,000 people a day. It is the first time it has done so in the Somalian capital since 1993, the organization said."The depth and scale of the crisis in Somalia is ... [full story]
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