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Jun 03,2008
QUEBEC CITY -- The premiers of Ontario and Quebec forged an alliance to challenge the federal government on the environment and European free trade.Liberal Dalton McGuinty of Ontario met with Jean Charest in Quebec City Monday and agreed on several demands to present to the federal Conservative government, the Toronto Star reported.The leaders reached consensus on demanding the implementation of a "cap-and-trade" system to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions, in which companies that produce fewer ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
NEW YORK -- The reputed madam who led to the ouster of New York Gov. Elliott Spitzer is expected to plead guilty soon, her lawyer said.Lawyer Alberto Eubanks said in a statement Cecil "Katie" Suwal, 23, could enter her plea as early as this week, The New York Post said.Suwal allegedly ran the Emperor's Club VIP, which arranged for a Washington rendezvous between Spitzer and a prostitute earlier this year.The Post said sources said Suwal ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
OSLO, Norway -- A Norwegian judge Tuesday acquitted a suspected terrorist of shooting at a Jewish synagogue and plotting to attack the Israeli and U.S embassies in Oslo.Judge Kim Heger ruled Norwegian prosecutors had failed to prove Arfan Qadeer Bhatti was guilty of much more than a serious case of vandalism in the 2006 synagogue shooting, Aftenposten reported.Heger also noted Norway's terrorism laws have a high threshold of proof. Bhatti was convicted on a non-terror ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
ROME -- A global summit charged with developing countermeasures to the world's food crisis opened in Rome Tuesday with leaders urging action against rising prices.Discussions about the crisis may be overshadowed by the presence of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and embattled Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, ANSA, the Italian news agency, reported Tuesday. Douglas Alexander, representing Britain at the summit, called Mugabe's appearance "obscene." "This meeting is supposed to be about increasing the supply of food," ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
GUANTANAMO BAY, Cuba -- The system of U.S. military tribunals set up to try terrorism suspects at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, will be put to its biggest test this week, analysts say. That's because trials for five high-level prisoners, including alleged Sept. 11, 2001, mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, are set to start Thursday and observers from around the world will be watching to see if the men, who could receive death sentences, can get a fair ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
PLYMOUTH, England -- A British soldier says he should have played the lottery now that he and his wife have beaten astronomical odds by naturally conceiving quadruplets.Emma and Michael Wing of Plymouth are expecting four new additions in about 34 weeks, an unlikely feat considering no fertility drugs were used and the young couple wasn't even trying to get pregnant."We've been told that there's a one in 700,000 chance of having quads," Wing told The ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
DETROIT -- Jurors in Detroit say they suspect party politics played a role in the prosecution of high-profile lawyer Geoffrey Fieger.Fieger, who is active in Democratic politics, was acquitted Monday on charges he and law partner Ven Johnson conspired to use so-called straw donors to funnel illegal campaign contributions to Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards in 2004.Jurors told reporters after the verdict was delivered federal prosecutors weren't able to prove their case, and some were ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
KABUL, Afghanistan -- More troops and equipment are needed to fight the Taliban in Afghanistan, the outgoing U.S. general in charge of NATO forces said.Gen. Dan McNeill commented about NATO forces being "under-resourced" as he turned over command of the International Security Assistance Force to another American, Gen. David McKiernan, the BBC reported.NATO has 53,000 troops from 40 countries deployed in Afghanistan. "This is an under-resourced war and it needs more maneuver units, it needs ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
FORT BENNING, Ga. -- A newly built Army barracks designed to help soldiers with post-traumatic stress disorder is located near a firing range, the Washington Post reported Tuesday.The location of the barracks on the grounds of Fort Benning (Ga.) is producing additional stress and anxiety attacks among patients who are within earshot of constant barrages of rifle and machine gun fire from training exercises, the newspaper said. The barracks for the Warrior Transition Battalion, part ... [full story]
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Jun 03,2008
WASHINGTON -- The United States is moving closer to ordering a limited attack on Iranian Revolutionary Guard installations, a military intelligence group reports.The operation would target training camps and munitions factories that assist Iraqi insurgents, Hezbollah and terrorist groups in Gaza, DEBKAfile.com, a military intelligence Web site, reported Tuesday, quoting sources in Washington.U.S. President George Bush in May said talk of a military action of some kind against Iran is "highly speculative.""I've always made it ... [full story]
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