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May 29,2007
WASHINGTON - U.S. President George Bush announced economic sanctions against Sudan and said he wants the United Nations to take further steps to end violence in Darfur. Speaking Tuesday at the White House, Bush said Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir had broken promises of allowing U.N. peacekeepers into the region and to stop using government troops in the violence against citizens. "President Bashir's actions over the past few weeks follow a long pattern of promising ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
OSLO, Norway - Firefighters and police averted a series of gas cylinder explosions during a fire at an Oslo, Norway, construction site but traffic into the city was snarled. One gas cylinder caught fire Tuesday at a housing construction project east of the downtown core in Oslo and, because so may other cylinders were nearby, police evacuated everyone with 300 yards, banned air traffic over the site and closed an adjacent major highway and tunnel ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
SHANGHAI - A court in Shanghai on Tuesday sentenced China's former top food and drug regulator to death for accepting bribes of $800,000. Prosecutors said Zheng Xiaoyu took the bribes between 1998 and 2005, when he served as chief of the Food and Drug Administration, in exchange for approving drug production licenses, the Xinhua news agency reported. Zheng and two other former officials were detained in February. The other two cases are still before the ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
BEIRUT, Lebanon - Clashes between Lebanese troops and Islamist militants were reported Tuesday, the ninth consecutive day of the fighting in and around Beirut. Lebanese officials said that as of 30 soldiers, 60 militants and 20 civilians had been killed in the fighting, the Alalam Satellite TV network reported. Gunfire, rocket and artillery fire was reported at the Nahr el-Bared refugee camp, where Fatah Islam militants first holed up May 20. Two days later, a ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
TEHRAN - Iran has hanged five prisoners, including a man convicted of belonging to a terrorist group and killing four policemen. Iran also hanged four convicted drug traffickers, the Fars News Agency reported. S. Gh, or "Rahmatollah," who was convicted of armed revolt, belonging to a terrorist group, bombing and killing four policemen, was hanged in Zahedan, Fars reported. Four men who were convicted of smuggling 1,320 pounds of opium were hanged Sunday in Birjand ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
GAZA - Israeli forces raided a Palestinian refugee camp Tuesday, killing two Hamas members and arresting several Palestinians. Israel arrested members of both the Hamas and Fatah factions at the Balata refugee camp in Nalbus, Ynetnews reported. Sources told Ynetnews that Palestinian legislator Jamal Tirawi, the Fatah spokesman in parliament and the former commander of Fatah's military brigade, was among those arrested. Tirawi was one of four Fatah members and three Hamas members arrested, Ynetnews ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
HAMBURG, Germany - Police clashed with activists at a demonstration Tuesday against security plans for the upcoming G8 summit in Germany. Police arrested 21 people at the Hamburg demonstration, the BBC reported. About 4,000 people marched in a protest over the tight security planned for the June 6-8 G8 summit in the northern German seaside town of Heiligendamm. The BBC reported that police used water canons and batons against the crowd, while demonstrators threw rocks ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
JERUSALEM - Israel's Labor Party has ousted Amir Peretz as its leader, less than one year after his controversial role as defense minister in the 2006 war in Lebanon. The outcome of Monday's primary election may suggest trouble for Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's governing coalition. A strong turnout among Labor's divided membership produced no clear winner, and a runoff election in two weeks is likely to choose the leader of Israel's second-largest parliamentary faction, The ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
BAGHDAD - U.S. military leaders have doubts that Iraq can meet many political goals set out by President George W. Bush by this summer, The Los Angeles Times said. The leaders are looking for a new way to define success, the newspaper said. Gen. David Petraeus, the U.S. commander in Iraq, is to report to Congress in September on progress in Iraq following the surge of U.S. troops Bush ordered at the beginning of 2007. ... [full story]
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May 29,2007
MOSCOW - An 18-year-old Moscow skinhead claims he was racially motivated when he killed 37 people to "clean up the city." But authorities, who pegged the number killed at 32, told Regnum.ru the presumed motive was robbery, The Moscow Times reported Monday on its Web site. The Moscow newspaper Vremya Novostei reported the suspect, Artur Ryno, is a student at an icon painting school, who allegedly told investigators he started his killing spree Aug. 21, ... [full story]
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