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Aug 31,2007
SYDNEY - Australia announced more than 5,000 police officers are being deployed to Sydney for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in September.The event, which is expected to be attended by U.S. President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as leaders from China and Japan, is the largest international conference ever in Australia -- and also marks the largest security operation in the history of the country, the Voice of America reported Friday.Portions ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
LONDON - An organized crime network is allegedly smuggling illegal pit bull terriers to Britain and training them for use in dogfighting.A BBC Panorama news team reported that the dogs were smuggled across Europe using false documents.The dogs have been banned in Britain since 1991 and dogfighting has been illegal since the 19th century, the BBC said.One of the largest of the alleged gangs is from Northern Ireland.Stephen Philpott, from the Ulster Society for the ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan - Pakistan braced for a political showdown now that exiled former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to challenge President Pervez Musharraf’s re-election bid.Musharraf ousted Sharif in a military coup eight years ago.Speaking to reporters in London, Sharif dismissed fears that Musharraf could have him arrested upon arrival, Voice of America said Friday."He kept me 14 months in jail," said Sharif. "He now once again is threatening me. I'm not scared …"Sharif is ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
BAGHDAD - U.S. Marines wiped out a suspected al-Qaida cadre this week outside the Iraqi town of Karmah.The Multi-National Force said Friday that artillery fire and precision bombs dropped by a pair of Harrier jets killed a dozen insurgents who were reportedly loading weapons and bomb-making materials into three trucks.The incident took place Wednesday night in an area known to be a hiding place for insurgent arms.Coalition forces were also on the offensive in the ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
BERLIN - Transition countries in Eastern Europe face the problems of aging populations, a drop in labor force and a shortage of funds needed for pensions and healthcare.Economists said a constant flow to Western Europe of young, highly skilled people is leaving Eastern European governments without a sufficient work force to provide funds for an increasing number of elderly, the International Herald Tribune said Friday.The lack of a labor force is certain to affect economic ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
JERUSALEM - An Israeli strike against a rocket launcher this week wound up killing two Palestinian children who had been playing nearby.Israeli investigators told the newspaper Haaretz the youngsters had simply been playing tag near Qassam rocket launchers and had not been helping the crew collect the devices as had been earlier reported.Israeli troops in Gaza opened fire on the launchers Tuesday, killing two children and wounding a third.The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said the ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
KIGALI, Rwanda - A Rwandan commission alleges French troops took part in the rapes of refugee women during the tribal genocide that racked the African nation in 1994.The commission, which France has called a kangaroo court, also contended that France actually trained members of a Hutu militia that is blamed for the deaths of thousands of members of the rival Tutsi tribe.The British newspaper The Independent said Friday that France’s support for the Hutu regime ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
JERUSALEM - Israeli archaeologists say that digging to replace old electrical cables on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem is damaging the remains of the Second Temple.The Committee Against the Destruction of Antiquities on the Temple Mount plans to ask the High Court of Justice next week to halt the work, The Jerusalem Post reports. The work is being carried out by the Islamic Trust, which administers the Temple Mount, with the approval of the Antiquities ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
SUMMER LAKE, Ore. – West Nile Virus has been detected in a pelican taken from Summer Lake Wildlife Area, marking the first 2007 detection of the disease in Lake County.   The American White Pelican was found dead at Summer Lake on Aug. 20. Positive WNV test results were returned from the Oregon State University Veterinary Diagnostics Laboratory today.  This is the first-ever detection of the disease at Summer Lake Wildlife Area. WNV was first detected ... [full story]
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Aug 31,2007
The Oregon Department of Human Services is working with community partners to open the state's first residential programs for older adolescents and young adults with a history of emotional disorders. A five-bed home, operated in Clackamas County by ChristieCare, opened this week. Within the next year, two more treatment homes will open in Douglas and Linn counties, operated by ChristieCare and Trillium Family Services, respectively. "These will be the state's first staffed homes designed to ... [full story]
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