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Dec 03,2007
ST. LOUIS -- A Missouri man accused of giving a college student a fatal dose of a date rape drug accepted a plea deal that will likely result in a 5-year prison sentence.If the case had gone to trial, defendant John Berger, 37, would have faced 20 years in federal prison.Berger allegedly provided cocaine and other drugs to people at a party on April 7, 2002, as well as giving the drug 1,4 butanediol to ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
DAMASCUS, Syria -- The United Nations is asking the international community for help in providing food for tens of thousands of Iraqi refugees living in Syria.Following a two-day visit, Josette Sheeran, who heads the U.N.'s World Food Program, said Monday support systems in Syria have been stretched to the point where basic food assistance is desperately needed."We appeal to donors for more support to help the vulnerable among the Iraqis in Syria live with dignity ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
BOISE, Idaho -- U.S. Sen. Larry Craig, R-Idaho, has denied published weekend allegations he had homosexual encounters with four men dating back to the 1980s.Soon after The Idaho Statesman in Boise published an article in which the men made the allegations Sunday, Craig's office issued a statement criticizing the newspaper, CNN reported."Like its previous coverage, these latest allegations are completely false and have no basis in reality," the statement said. "In fact, the paper itself ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
JERUSALEM -- A Jerusalem court on Monday sentenced an unrepentant Palestinian man convicted of assassinating a government minister in 2001 to 125 years in prison.Hamdi Quran, 33, confessed to killing Minister Rehavam Ze'evi with an accomplice on the orders of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine at a Jerusalem hotel Oct. 17, 2001, Ynetnews reported.Ze'evi was shot three times in the head at point-blank range.Quran later confessed also to being involved in a ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
MOSCOW -- Opposition parties accused President Vladimir Putin's United Russia party of election irregularities Monday after it swept to apparent victory a day earlier.International monitors from the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe also questioned the fairness of Sunday's parliamentary elections, CNN reported.The Novosti news agency reported with 98 percent of votes counted, United Russia received 64.1 percent of the vote, the Communist Party 11.6 percent, the ultranationalist Liberal Democratic Party 8.2 percent and ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
YAOUNDE, Cameroon -- Thousands of Central African Republic refugees in eastern Cameroon are suffering from disease and malnutrition, United Nations officials said Monday.Workers for the U.N. and other humanitarian agencies say most of the 45,000 Mbororo animal herders and others fleeing violence in their country enter Cameroon in a weakened and traumatized state after walking for many days.Once settled, their health does not improve significantly, The U.N. Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs reported.Three ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
BEIJING -- A 24-year-old man in Jiangsu province in east China died of bird flu, the 17th human victim of the deadly virus in the country, Xinhua reported Monday.Local health officials said the man died Sunday after developing fever, chills and other bird flu symptoms. He was admitted Nov. 27 to a hospital, where his condition deteriorated resulting in his death, the report said.The victim's respiratory tract sample showed positive signs of H5N1, the generic ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- British teacher Gillian Gibbons, jailed for insulting Islam, was released from a Sudanese prison Monday and will soon be on her way home.Sudan's president Omar al-Bashir pardoned Gibbons after a meeting with two British peers who will accompany Gibbons back to Britain sometime Monday, the Daily Telegraph reported.Gibbons, 54, had been sentenced to 15 days behind bars for violating Muslim laws by allowing her class of 7-year-olds to name a teddy bear ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
WARSAW, Poland -- A Polish government minister said a bird flu outbreak on two farms in central Poland is under control and poses no threat to humans.Agriculture Minister Marek Sawicki said the H5N1 virus was found on two turkey farms in the villages of Uniejewo and Mysliborzyce near Plock, 60 miles northwest of Warsaw, Polish Radio reported Monday.Sawicki said about 4,000 turkeys were culled in the Plock region and transport of fowl and meat was ... [full story]
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Dec 03,2007
CANBERRA, Australia -- New Australian Labor Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, in his first official act Monday, ratified the Kyoto Protocol on environmental climate change.The ratification demonstrated his government's "commitment to tackling climate change," Rudd told reporters after meeting with the country's Executive Council.The move binds the country to emissions of no more than 108 percent compared with 1990 levels, The Australian newspaper reported.The announcement came as United Nations forums on climate change began a two-week ... [full story]
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