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Feb 26,2008
JAKARTA -- The United States is willing to sell weaponry to Indonesia but the country must pursue abuse cases against its military, the U.S. defense secretary said.During a visit to Jakarta, U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates praised Indonesian officials for professionalizing its military after years of operating under former Indonesian President Suharto, who ruled the country with a iron fist, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday. While not criticizing the current armed forces, Gates said ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
MAZAR-I-SHARIF, Afghanistan -- An Afghan journalism student sentenced to death said he wasn't allowed to have a lawyer nor speak in his own defense during his trial.Imprisoned for four months in Mazar-i-Sharif, Sayed Pervez Kambakhsh told The Independent that local judges decided his guilt before the four-minute trial began, Radio Free Europe reported Tuesday.Kambakhsh was sentenced to death for printing and distributing an Internet article that question interpretations about the role of women in Islam.Balkh ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
OTTAWA -- A Canadian Defense Department memo advised soldiers to avoid posting personal information on Internet social networking sites, a national network reported."Al-Qaida operatives are monitoring Facebook and other social networking sites," the memo seen by the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., says. "This may seem overdramatic ... (but) the information can be used to target members for further exploitation. It also opens the door for your families and friends to become potential targets as well."Samie Marchand-Whittle, ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
BEIJING -- U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, during a visit to China, says she hopes Chinese leaders will help urge North Korea to continue its denuclearization.Rice arrived in Beijing Tuesday for meetings with Chinese leaders. During a news conference with Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Rice said she hoped China would exert its influence to "convince the North Koreans it is time to move forward" toward dismantling its nuclear facilities, the Voice of America ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Five police officers were killed in eastern Afghanistan when a roadside bomb hit a police vehicle in which they were riding, officials said Tuesday.The remote-controlled bomb hit the vehicle in the Sabri district in the Khost province, killing the police officers, all of whom were related, the BBC reported. The officers were on a routine patrol.Taliban spokesman Zabeehullah Mujahid claimed responsibility for his organization, reported KUNA, the Kuwaiti news agency.The victims were ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
ANKARA, Turkey -- Turkish ground and air forces kept up their targeting of the rebel Kurdistan Workers Party for the sixth day of cross-border fighting in northern Iraq."The air and ground operations are going on," government spokesman Cemil Cicek said during a news briefing. "Our target is the PKK terrorist organization, not the Iraqis. We do not have other thoughts or authorization."Cicek didn't provide a time frame for Turkish troops to withdraw, the Turkish Daily ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
NAIROBI, Kenya -- Former U.N. leader Kofi Annan threatened to walk away as mediator in the tense Kenyan talks if a power-sharing agreement isn't reached soon, an aide said.Negotiators for Kenya's government and opposition leaders met for about a half-day Monday. Sources told CNN discussions are at a standstill, prompting the former U.N. secretary-general to express exasperation."After four hours of intense negotiation this morning, the team made almost no progress on reaching an agreement on ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
DENVER -- GOP presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee has endorsed a proposal to amend Colorado's constitution to define a fertilized egg as a person, a published report said.Huckabee -- a former governor of Arkansas and Baptist minister -- offered his endorsement Monday for the Colorado Human Life Amendment, The Denver Post reported.The ballot initiative is being promoted by Kristi Burton, 20, and her organization, Colorado for Equal Rights."This proposed constitutional amendment will define a person as ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
CARACAS, Venezuela -- Venezuelan officials said Monday they would rescue four hostages of Colombian leftist rebels some time this week, Globovision TV reported.Interior Minister Ramon Rodriguez Chacin said he would go to where the hostages were being held in the Colombian jungle and bring them back to Venezuela.Venezuelan officials helped last month with the recovery of two hostages being held for several years by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.FARC rebels have been ... [full story]
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Feb 26,2008
HAGATNA, Guam -- Flights of the U.S. Air Force B-2 fleet remained suspended Monday following a weekend crash of one of the stealth aircraft in Guam.The Air Force said the suspension was a "temporary pause" to review the safety procedures after Saturday's B-2 bomber crash on the runway at Andersen Air Force Base, CNN reported. It was not certain how long the "pause" would last.The plane went down shortly after takeoff from Andersen, the pilot ... [full story]
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