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Aug 02,2007
BRUSSELS -- A top European Union official says he wants to see the EU create the position of general prosecutor to handle serious cross-border crimes. EU home affairs commissioner Franco Frattini said the prosecutor would have powers to initiate and proceed with investigations, the EU Observer said Wednesday. The newspaper said the strengthening of Eurojust, the bloc's judicial body, is seen as key to creating single European prosecution office. The network of 27 national prosecutors ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
LAGOS, Nigeria -- About 40 Nigerian generals have been retired by orders of President Umaru Yar'Adua, whose office said there was no motive for the mass layoff. "The retired officers are those who were due for retirement having spent the stipulated 35 years in service," read a statement from the president's office, This Day newspaper reported Wednesday. "No other motives should be ascribed to this purely routine movement of personnel in the Armed Forces." Some ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
BANGOR, Northern Ireland -- Police in Bangor, Northern Ireland, escaped injury when rowdies hurled gasoline bombs, stones and fireworks their way, it was reported Wednesday. The attack came when officers searched houses after a crowd of about 150 people were involved in a disturbance, the BBC reported. At least one car was set on fire.. North Down assembly member Alex Easton condemned the incident and appealed for calm. "The attacks on police should come to ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
BERLIN -- Smoking bans took effect in three German states for the first time Wednesday with different rules in each region. Smokers in Baden-Wurttemberg, Lower Saxony and Mecklenburg-West Pomerania cannot light up in local government buildings, schools, other institutions for children and hospitals, Deutsche Welle reported. Mecklenburg-Pomerania plans to outlaw smoking in restaurants and bars on Jan. 1, while the other two states require them to limit smokers to certain areas. Germany has been behind ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
MOSCOW -- A moderate earthquake struck the far eastern Russian island of Sakhalin midday Thursday killing at least two people, Russian news agencies reported. Emergencies Ministry spokesman Georgy Glukhov said a 23-year-old woman was killed when part of a building's wall collapsed on her, the Novosti news agency reported. The Interfax agency reported a second death but didn't elaborate. The quake measured above 6 on the Richter scale and generated 2-foot-high tsunami waves on the ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
JERUSALEM -- A summit on peace in the Middle East is likely to take place in November, aides to U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said in Jerusalem on Thursday. Rice arrived in Jerusalem for a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert after a Wednesday visit to Jeddah, where she talked with Saudi leaders. Sources told Ynetnews the peace conference would include Israel and moderate Arab states, such as Bahrain, Morocco, Qatar and Tunisia, ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
MANILA, Philippines -- The chief U.S. negotiator on North Korea's nuclear program said Thursday U.S.-North Korea bilateral talks may be conducted this month. Speaking in Manila, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Christopher Hill said the venue for the talks hasn't been decided but could be somewhere in Southeast Asia, Yonhap news agency reported. Hill, who is in the Philippines for the Association of Southeast Asian Nations' Regional Forum, was quoted as saying he and his ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
BEIJING -- Chinese President Hu Jintao has reportedly assured his military it will have higher budgets as the country enjoys double-digit economic growth. Speaking Wednesday on the 80th anniversary of the founding of the People's Liberation Army, the Chinese leader promised higher defense spending to build the military into a modern, high-tech fighting force, Voice of America reported. The report said China's military spending has been growing in double-digit number for years and by as ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
MANILA, Philippines -- The ASEAN regional forum meeting in the Philippines on Thursday strongly condemned the Taliban killings of two South Korean hostages in Afghanistan. Foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations, joined by top diplomats from several other nations at the Manila meeting, issued a statement on the hostage situation, calling for the immediate release of the 21 surviving hostages who were kidnapped July 19, Yonhap news agency reported. The ministers ... [full story]
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Aug 02,2007
SANTA MONICA, Calif. -- A 45-year-old, publicity-seeking, self-proclaimed pedophile in Santa Monica, Calif., has stirred up nervous tension among parents. Jack McClellan has appeared on television talk shows to explain his fascination with little girls, whom he referred to as "LG's" on a now shut-down Web site he started, the Los Angeles Times reported Thursday. He isn't a registered sex offender and has no criminal record, although the Special Victims Bureau of the Los Angeles ... [full story]
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