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Mar 28,2008
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Two children in Louisville, Ky., Thursday were found shot to death, police said.Authorities are investigating possible connections between the killings and an incident earlier in the day in which a woman with a gun was stopped on the University of Louisville campus, WKLY-TV, Louisville, K.Y., reported.The station reported that the University of Louisville issued a safety alert when a woman held a counselor at gunpoint in the health services building. Shortly after, ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
BAGHDAD - Saddam Hussein spent his last days in a small cell where he was allowed to plant a garden in the yard outside, military officials said.CNN was able to film the cell, a windowless room with beige walls and a gray floor. The furniture includes a concrete sleeping platform and a combination sink and toilet. The report aired Thursday.U.S. Marine Major Gen. Doug Stone described the day of Saddam's execution, Dec. 30, 2006. Stone said ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
KATHMANDU, Nepal - Nepal, under pressure not to alienate China, has been cracking down on its Tibetan exiles which may include deportation if they continue with their protests.Police in the small landlocked Himalayan kingdom, sandwiched between India and China, have reportedly issued such a threat to the Tibetans, whose protests this month of Chinese rule of their homeland have been spreading in countries with large Tibetan exile population. Nepalese authorities reportedly arrested about 300 Tibetan protesters ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
JERUSALEM - The Islamic Jihad organization has begun producing rockets with a longer range, capable of carrying larger amounts of explosive, Israeli military officials say.The new rockets are believed to have been employed at least three times since the end of the recent Israeli military operation in Gaza, Ynetnews reported.The Qassam rockets used by groups in Gaza for the last few years carry about 11 pounds of explosives and have a 4.5 inch caliber. The ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
ROME - Italian officials insisted Thursday that buffalo mozzarella exported from the country is safe.Agriculture Minister Paolo de Castro dramatized his belief by eating a portion of cheese at a news conference.A European Union spokeswoman said dioxin levels found at 20 dairies were not "excessive," although they were above EU standards."Apparently the contaminated product is available on the local market but has not been sent to third countries," she said.High levels of PCBs have also ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
BEIJING - Concern about China's crackdown in Tibet threatens Beijing's efforts to hold the Summer Olympics without controversy, dissidents and others said.With the world attention focused on the Tibetan unrest, the Games, instead of showing China in a favorable light, could become a reminder the Communist country's Leninist policies still remain in place, The Washington Post reported. "This is exactly what the party leaders didn't want," Li Datong, an editor fired in 2006 after an essay ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
MOSCOW - The Russian State Fisheries Committee suggested Thursday that the five countries bordering the Caspian Sea ban fishing for sturgeon for five years.Andrey Krainy, the committee chairman, said he would take the proposal to the other countries, Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, the Novosti news agency reported.The number of sturgeon in the Caspian has dropped precipitously in the past 15 years. The breakup of the Soviet Union helped aggravate over-fishing by creating three new ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
CARACAS, Venezuela - Venezuelan lawmakers are investigating claims that two brothers of President Hugo Chavez purchased several tracts of land using others to hide the transactions.Lawmaker Wilmer Azuaje said Chavez's brothers purchased a 17 ranches in recent years. However, the ranches were purchased by others on their behalf, Globovision reported Thursday.The revelation, if proven true, would be an embarassment for the administration of Chavez, Globovision said, since Chavez has pushed for more equal distribution of ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
BUENOS AIRES - Argentine President Cristina Fernandez Kirchner said she will not negotiate with farmers on strike until they call off their protests.Kirchner said once the strike ends, she will sit down with leaders of the farmers who are protesting the increased tax on some export goods, La Nacion reported Thursday online.The strike -- now in its third week -- has caused food shortages in some parts of the country and severely hampered some exports.Protesters ... [full story]
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Mar 28,2008
LOS ANGELES - The U.S. West is warming faster than any other region of the country and faster than Earth in general, researchers say.In an analysis of 50 scientific studies, the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization and the Natural Resources Defense Counsel concluded that Western states experienced greater warming than the rest of the world from 2003-07, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. During the five-year period studied, the world was on average 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer ... [full story]
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