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Feb 27,2009
JERUSALEM - Investigators questioned Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert Friday about accusations he received an illegal discount on some Jerusalem real estate. It was the 16th question-and-answer session Olmert had with detectives from the National Fraud Investigation Unit who are looking into corruption charges, Ynetnews reports. Recently, the probe has focused on appointments Olmert made to the Small Business Authority during his tenure as Industry, Trade and Labor minister. He is also accused of double- ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
The increase in the number of people receiving food stamps in Oregon during the past year is greater than the population of Medford; workers continue to scramble to help struggling Oregonians. January 2009 brought the biggest increase of the recession in the demand for temporary cash assistance and food stamps in Oregon - - and the need continues at record levels, the Oregon Department of Human Resources recently reported. The number of families receiving cash ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
TEL AVIV, Israel - Israeli Prime Minister-designate Binyamin Netanyahu says the leader of the centrist Kadima Party still refuses to join him in a broad coalition government. Netanyahu said he offered Tzipi Livni full partnership in the government and two of the three top ministerial posts during a two-hour meeting Friday, Haaretz reports. "I was prepared to go a very long way toward achieving unity," Netanyahu told reporters following the session. Livni said she turned ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
VATICAN CITY - An apology issued by a Roman Catholic bishop who denied the Holocaust on Swedish television was called unacceptable by the Vatican Friday. Spokesman Federico Lombardi said the apology made by Bishop Richard Williamson "does not seem to respect the conditions" set out by the Vatican's secretary of state, the Italian news agency ANSA reports. In his apology, Williamson, 68, didn't specifically retract his position that the Nazis killed only 300,000 Jews, not ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
CARACAS, Venezuela - An explosive device has detonated at a Jewish community center in the Venezuelan city of Caracas, causing no casualties, the director of the site says. Center Director Abraham Garzon said the only injuries from this week's attack were of a spiritual nature, adding "it seems there are people in the country who are dedicated to sowing terror," the Latin American Herald reported Friday. The explosive used in Thursday's attack may have been ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
TEHRAN - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iraqi President Jalal Talabani began diplomatic talks Friday in Tehran. The Fars News Agency reported Talabani is being accompanied on his three-day visit to Iran by other top Iraqi government officials including officials from the commerce, power and housing ministry. Meanwhile, the Iranian half of the diplomatic talks will include Ahmadinejad, Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki, Energy Minister Parviz Fattah, Minister of Housing and Urban Development Mohammad Saeedikia and ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
TOKYO - A Tokyo trading house has been raided by police on suspicion the site attempted to export a part used in weapons of mass destruction, sources say. Unidentified investigative sources said Kanagawa Prefectural Police raided the Toko Boeki trading house in Tokyo's Shinjuku Ward amid allegations the site attempted to export a magnetic measurement device to North Korea, Kyodo News said Friday. The alleged attempt to export the device, which can be used in ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
MELBOURNE - Schools, child-care centers and kindergartens closed Friday as residents in the Australian state of Victoria braced for another round of bush fires. Friday was been labeled "spike day" because the Forest Fire Danger Index was expected to climb along with the temperature and northwesterly winds were forecast to blow across the fire-ravaged area, The Age reported. The death toll from the Australian bush fire disaster was reported at 210. Emergency Services Commissioner Bruce ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
OTTAWA - Canadian warplanes intercepted an approaching Russian bomber hours before U.S. President Barack Obama's Ottawa visit, Defense Minister Peter MacKay said Friday. Two Canadian CF-18 fighter jets, part of the North American Aerospace Defense Command, scrambled from Cold Lake, Alberta, and turned away the Russian Tupolev Tu-95 Bear bomber less than 24 hours before Obama's Feb. 19 visit with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, MacKay said. The Norad fighter jets "met a Russian aircraft ... [full story]
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Feb 27,2009
TORONTO - The father of a teenager whose accused killers were let go despite a videotape of the shooting said he's taking his wife and remaining children back to Somalia. "Canada is nothing. ... The Canadian government is nothing," Ahmed Abdikarim Mohammed told the Toronto Sun in front of his modest bungalow. "I go," said Mohammed, a 58-year-old Toronto cab driver. "My plan is this week to go, all together." Mohammed's 18-year-old son Abdikarim Ahmed ... [full story]
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