Archive For December 2009

Michael Jackson death charges expected to take months

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A decision on possible criminal charges over the June death of Michael Jackson is “months rather than weeks away”, the Los Angeles Times on Monday quoted law enforcement sources as saying.

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British yacht crew of five detained in Iran

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Five Britons have been detained in Iran after their racing yacht may have inadvertently strayed into Iranian waters, British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said on Monday.

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Swiss minaret ban may signal new right-wing surge

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A Swiss vote to ban the construction of new minarets puts the spotlight on the Alpine country’s social and political divisions and could herald a new surge in populist, anti-immigrant sentiment.

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Nazi guard Demjanjuk wheeled into Munich trial

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John Demjanjuk was wheeled into a packed Munich court on Monday to face charges he helped kill 27,900 Jews during the Holocaust in what is likely to be Germany’s last major Nazi-era war crimes trial.

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Hezbollah cuts Islamist rhetoric in new manifesto

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Lebanon’s Hezbollah group announced a new political strategy on Monday that tones down Islamist rhetoric but maintains a tough line against Israel and the United States.

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UK to send 500 extra troops to Afghanistan

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Britain will send 500 more soldiers to Afghanistan in December as part of a broader surge in NATO-led troop levels to tackle worsening violence and train Afghan forces, Prime Minister Gordon Brown said on Monday.

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Gasoline near highest prices of year

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U.S. gasoline prices fell slightly in the latest week but remained pennies from the highest level of the year on high oil prices, the Energy Department said.

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Obama sets new Afghan strategy

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President Barack Obama on Monday prepared to announce he will deploy about 30,000 more U.S. troops to Afghanistan as part of a new strategy that aims to lay the ground for an eventual withdrawal.

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U.S. readies new phase of global AIDS assistance

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The United States is ready to shift the focus of its global AIDS programs from emergency medical support to building sustainable health systems, U.S. officials said on Monday as they announced that Washington would host the world AIDS conference in 2012.

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Swine flu still down in U.S. but 198 children dead

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Swine flu continues to wane across the United States, but it has killed more than 30 children since the last count, U.S. health officials said on Monday.

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