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Feb 27,2008
KHARTOUM, Sudan -- A senior presidential assistant in Sudan warned a visiting Chinese official against investing "in Darfur blood."Minni Minnawi spoke to Liu Guijin, the Chinese envoy to Africa, about Beijing's influence with the government in Khartoum in resolving the ongoing crisis in Darfur, the Sudan Tribune said Wednesday."The message I gave to the Chinese is this: Do not invest in Darfur blood," Minnawi said.Minnawi is also a leader in the Sudanese Liberation Army which ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
KURANDA, Australia -- An Australian father said he feared for his children's lives after a python ate his family's pet dog, cat and guinea pig.Daniel Peric and his family threw chairs at the 16.5-foot snake as it ate their Chihuahua on the veranda of their Kuranda, Queensland, home, The Telegraph reported Wednesday.It is reported that the snake ate the family's cat and guinea pig in previous weeks."Actually watching it unfold before your eyes was pretty ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
PRAGUE, Czech Republic -- A poll indicated most people in the Czech Republic and Russia have a negative view of U.S. plans to develop a missile shield in Central Europe.A poll conducted by the deputy of the right-wing Czech ruling Civic Democrat party, David Seich, suggested Russian President Vladimir Putin largely politicized the issue, The Prague Daily Monitor reported Wednesday.The poll showed nearly 75 percent of Czechs said they oppose the installation of the U.S. ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
NEW DELHI -- U.S. efforts to boost military ties with India aren't part of a strategy against China, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates said Wednesday."I don't see our improving military relationship in this region in the context of any other country, including China," Gates said during a briefing Wednesday in New Delhi.Gates said discussions between U.S. and Indian military leaders were on issues of working together to combat piracy, terrorism and providing disaster relief, the ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
BAGHDAD -- The Iraqi police and military forces increased the number of personnel in its ranks in preparation for the departure of foreign troops, a spokesman said.Ali al-Dabbagh, the spokesman for the Iraqi government, said the Iraqi ministers of defense and interior have more than 700,000 members in their forces, the Kuwaiti news agency said.These numbers don't include security guards or other forces, Dabbagh said.The number of recruits entering the military rose to 46,000 and ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
MOSCOW -- A British television sports announcer for Today Russia was hospitalized in Moscow after attackers beat him on the head and took his money, authorities said.Neil Harvey, 32, an English-language channel employee, was attacked near the Orekhovo metro station after he left a companion's apartment, The Moscow Times reported.He was hit on the head approximately 20 times before his attackers took his cash and fled, the report said. Medical experts reportedly told Harvey he ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
ATHENS, Greece -- A United Nations mediator invited diplomats from Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia to New York to address the Macedonia name dispute.U.N. Special Envoy Matthew Nimetz proposed he meet Friday with officials from Athens and Skopje over the dispute that began in 1946 when the People's Republic of Macedonia was established as part of the newly proclaimed Yugoslavia and escalated when Macedonia seceded in September 1991.Nimetz reportedly plans to keep ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
ANKARA, Turkey -- Ending the Turkish incursion into northern Iraq topped the agenda of Turkish and Iraqi leaders meeting Wednesday in Baghdad.Ahmet Davutoglu, Turkey's chief foreign policy adviser, traveled Wednesday to Baghdad to discuss Turkey's ground operation against the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party, Hurriyet reported. U.S. Secretary Defense Robert Gates also was expected to ask Turkey to end its incursion. While in New Delhi, Gates said he would tell Turkish leaders when he meets with ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
WASHINGTON -- U.S. immigration officials said they doubled the number of deportation proceedings as enforcement increases in the nation's courts, The Washington Post said.U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials are combing through court cases, criminal records, jails and courtrooms to identify immigrants eligible for deportation following age-old accusations that the matter went largely ignored.ICE's Criminal Alien Program joined forces with local agents and thousands of detention facilities and police departments across the nation are sending ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2008
JERUSALEM -- Most Israelis asked said they back direct talks with Hamas leaders in Gaza about a cease-fire and the release of a captured soldier, a poll indicated.The findings indicate Israelis are weary of years of Qassam rockets lobbed at Sderot and communities near Gaza, as well the 18-months-plus captivity of Cpl. Gilad Shalit, the Haaretz-Dialog poll conducted Tuesday reported.While 64 percent of respondents indicated they favored their government in direct talks with Hamas, about ... [full story]
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