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Dec 04,2007
QUETTA, Pakistan -- A bomb went off at a Madrassa Islamic school in Pakistan's Balochistan Province, killing six students and injuring four others, it was reported Tuesday.The Monday attack occurred at the Jamia Imdadul Alum in Qila Saifullah, near the border with Afghanistan. The report quoted the seminary's management as saying they suspect an Afghan national, who had left early in the morning after staying overnight at the facility.Balochistan is rich in natural gas and ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
LONDON -- The British school teacher freed from a jail in Sudan says she had a good time in the country until her arrest for naming a teddy bear after a Muslim prophet.Gillian Gibbons, 54, arrived in London from Khartoum Monday accompanied by two Muslim members of the House of Lords who negotiated her release with Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir.She told the BBC all was going well until she was sentenced to jail last week ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
JERUSALEM -- The Israeli military denied Tuesday it had accidentally fired on a Gaza Strip kibbutz during an offensive against Palestinian Hamas sites.Before sunrise Tuesday, kibbutz members complained to the military shells came through the roof of a house and 20 mm shell casings were found, a type commonly used by Israeli helicopter gunships, the Jerusalem Post reported.Military investigators examined the casings and said they were not of Israeli origin, officials said.No one was injured ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
BEIRUT, Lebanon -- Iraqi refugees in Lebanon have almost no rights and live in fear of being imprisoned, a Human Rights Watch report said Tuesday.The 66-page report is called "Rot Here or Die There: Bleak Choices for Iraqi Refugees in Lebanon," and called on the Lebanese government to grant Iraqi refugees a temporary legal status that would provide at the very least renewable residence and work permits.Lebanon is not a party to the 1951 U.N. ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
KABUL, Afghanistan -- A Taliban suicide bombing in Kabul injured 22 civilians Tuesday, with officials saying visiting U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was not targeted.Taliban spokesman Zabeehullah Mujahid told Kuwait's KUNA news agency the bomb targeted a NATO convoy traveling in the city. He said an Afghan citizen drove a bomb-filled van close to two NATO vehicles on the road leading to the Kabul International Airport.NATO's press office confirmed the attack on the vehicles, but ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
LONDON -- British officials are studying a new television video showing one of five Britons kidnapped in Baghdad last spring.The images of the hostage appeared Tuesday on satellite station al-Arabiya in a video provided by an insurgent group.A gang of kidnappers disguised as police officers abducted the hostages in May from the Iraqi Finance Ministry.The BBC said the name of the man seen on al-Arabiya was not released, but his family was notified. The video ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti -- Haitian-American musician Wyclef Jean lashed out at a recent report suggesting AIDS arrived in the United States by way of Haiti. Jean, whose parents moved him to the United States from Haiti when he was 9, said that Haiti should not be made the "scapegoat" for AIDS in America. "AIDS is a worldwide illness that does not discriminate. Making Haiti the scapegoat only gets in the way of world progress in AIDS ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
CARACAS, Venezuela -- The Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries shouldn't increase petroleum output in the near future, Venezuelan Oil Minister Rafael Ramirez said Tuesday. Ramirez, speaking ahead of a meeting of the oil cartel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, reaffirmed Venezuela's long-standing opinion production levels should not increase despite oil prices reaching a record high, Globovision TV reported.Venezuelan energy officials have made several controversial suggestions in recent months regarding the future of OPEC including ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
LONDON -- A London firefighter who donated sperm so lesbian friends could have children said he was shocked and angered to learn they're demanding child support. Britain's Child Support Agency says only anonymous sperm donors are exempt from child support responsibilities unless the children are legally adopted, The Independent reported. The agency has asked Andy Bathie, 37, to pay thousands of pounds in child support for a girl and boy born to Sharon and Terri ... [full story]
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Dec 04,2007
WARSAW, Poland -- The European Union, Ukraine and Hong Kong have imposed a ban on poultry imports from Poland in light of a bird flu outbreak.The EU introduced the 30-day ban on Polish poultry exports from five counties in central Poland where the deadly H5N1 bird flu virus was registered on farms near Plock, 60 miles northwest of Warsaw, Polish Radio said Tuesday.More than 10,000 turkeys were culled during the weekend in two villages in ... [full story]
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