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April 29, 2007

Afghans Protest Civilian Deaths in U.S.-led Raid

As many as six Afghans were killed in a U.S.-led raid on a suspected militant group Sunday, spawning hundreds of angry Afghan protesters.

Four militants were killed in the raid, the United States said, but civilian deaths - including a woman and teenage girl - angered the protesters, the Star Tribune reported.

April 15, 2007

Darfur Agreement Signed

A joint agreement with the United Nations and the African Union was signed by Sudan Sunday.

The agreement defines roles for Sudan, the UN and the African Union in Darfur, the Associated Press reported.

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April 8, 2007

Full Serbian War Archive Kept from Genocide Court

Spring 2003 marked the trial of Slobodan Milosevic, where hundreds of documents were presented as an inside view of the Serbian government in the Bosnian war of 1992-1995.

Serbia was allowed by the war tribunal to hide parts of their war archive from the public. The country's lawyers declared an issue of national security and censored many sensitive, and possibly incriminating, pages, the New York Times said.

According to those involved in the attempt at secrecy, Serbia wanted to keep all of the military archives from the International Court of Justice, which was where Bosnia sued Serbia for genocide. Now that the court has declared Serbia not guilty, they believe it has achieved this goal.

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April 1, 2007

South Pacific Terrorized by Earthquake

At least four people are missing after an earthquake caused a tsunami to crash into villages on the Solomon Island's west coast Monday.

The earthquake, measured at a magnitude of 8.1, caused large waves to crash into waterfront buildings. Tsunami warnings were sounded throughout the whole South Pacific, even as far north as Hawaii, the Associated Press reported.

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March 24, 2007

House Votes to Set Date for Iraq Pullout

The House of Representatives voted Friday to bring American troops home from Iraq starting next year.

The legislation passed with a vote of 215 to 212 and was opposed by all but two Republicans in the House, the New York Times said.

March 10, 2007

EU Sets Limits Regarding Greenhouse Gases

The European Union agreed on a compromise Friday that would make Europe the world's leader in the fight against climate changes, the New York Times said.

The EU also issued a challenge to other countries, including the United States, China and India, to match the European limits.

The new plan also goes beyond the limits set by the Kyoto Protocol, which was signed by 35 nations in 1997.

March 4, 2007

16 Killed in Attack in Afghanistan

U.S. Marines fled to escape a suicide bombing Sunday and opened fire on civilians traveling on a highway in eastern Afghanistan, the Star Tribune reported.

U.S. officials report that civilians were injured due to militant gunfire, however Afghanistan's Interior Ministry and those wounded in the attack said otherwise, the Pioneer Press said. The incident caused a protest against the U.S. presence in Afghanistan.

The New York Times describes the incident as a setback for American troops who have been working to win local support through reconstruction and development.

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February 25, 2007

Female Bomber Kills Over 40 People at Baghdad College

A female suicide bomber detonated a bomb that killed more than 40 people in a mostly Shiite college in Baghdad.

The New York Times and the Pioneer Press report that the attack and many others came as Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki announced a new security crackdown and criticized U.S. involvement.

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February 18, 2007

French Official Keeps Medal Despite Sending Jews to Camps

Even though he was stripped of his right to wear his Legion of Honor medal, France's highest distinction, in 1998, a French official will be buried with it, his lawyer said Sunday.

Maurice Papon died at the age of 96 on Saturday. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison in 1998 for arresting and deporting 1,690 Jews to Nazi death camps, the Star Tribune said.

It will be seen to that Papon is buried with his medal, Papon's lawyer Francis Vuillemin said. However, some wonder if French president Jacques Chirac will not allow it.

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February 7, 2007

Indonesia Negotiating Sale of Avian Flu Virus

A World Health Organization representative announced that Indonesia has stopped sending samples of the avian flu virus to the W.H.O. and is apparently forming a contract with an American vaccine company instead.

Sources say that a spokesperson from Baxter Healthcare of Deerfield, Ill., did not tell the country to stop sending samples to the W.H.O.

"The W.H.O. should be their biggest friend," Dr. Arnold S. Monto, an epidemiologist at the University of Michigan, said. He calls the negotiations "counterproductive."

The W.H.O. considers the Indonesian strain of the avian flu a crucial player in the quest to develop vaccines for the virus that has infected 81 Indonesians and killed 63 of them.

February 4, 2007

45 Nations Join to Combat Global Warming

France issued a call for all nations to gather together in order to prevent global warming on Saturday.

Sources announce that, so far, forty-five nations have joined the group, excluding the United States and growing third-world countries such as China and India. French President Jacques Chirac expressed frustration at the abscence of the United States. "They are refusing to accept the consequences of their acts," he said.

The call for more nations to become environmentally aware came after a disturbing scientific report was issued on Friday. The report stated that global warming was "very likely" to be caused by humans and that even if the world were to begin being more aware, greenhouse gases would still remain in the atmosphere for several centuries.

January 24, 2007

Israeli President Charged with Rape, Sexual Assault

Israeli President Moshe Katsav might become the first Israeli president ever to be indicted with rape and sexual assault charges, Attorney General Menachem Mazuz announced on Tuesday.

Katsav, 61, is accused of raping and sexually harassing female subordinates while serving as a tourism minister and in his current role as president.

He has repeatedly denied the charges and claims that they are part of a slander campaign. Katsav's lawyers are ready to defend him, including David Libai who announced at a news conference in Tel Aviv: “The president is convinced that he is a victim of false allegations and attempts to remove him from his office, and he will fight to prove his innocence.?

Many are insisting that the president step down, including Zahava Gal-On, a member of Parliament who told Israel Radio that he thinks the president should announce his resignation at once.

According to the New York Times, Israeli law prohibits a current president from going on trial. However, a trial is allowed if the president resigns, is impeached by Parliament, or after his term is up. Katsav's term will end this summer.

Sources say that the decision of the indictment rests upon the outcome a hearing that has yet to be scheduled.

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