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Aung San Suu Kyi Remains Under House Arrest

Oct. 2, 2009 - Lack of freedom of speech worsens the waste of talent in an impoverished country, writes new UK ambassador in Rangoon.

Lawyers for Aung San Suu Kyi said they would appeal against the 18-month sentence imposed for breaking the terms of her house arrest as world leaders stepped up criticism of the Burmese regime.

The sentence – announced yesterday after a court had initially sentenced the 64-year-old pro-democracy leader to three years' hard labour – means she will play no part in elections the country's military junta has promised to hold next year.

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Sumatra Second Earthquake Leaves Above 500 Dead

Oct. 1, 2009 - Earthquakes give no respite to the Indonesian island of Sumatra, left yesterday in chaos and tragedy since a 7.6 magnitude earthquake and hit this morning at 9.31 am (3.31 GMT) by a new tremor of 6.8 magnitude.

The epicenter was established 155 km northwest of Bengkulu, a town of 340,000 people south of Padang, the city worst hit by the first of the earthquakes.

At least 529 people have died and over 450 were seriously injured confirmed today by the Indonesian authorities, who fear that thousands may still be trapped under rubbles.

Acording to local authorities, 376 deaths were recorded in Padang, the capital of West Sumatra province, where the death toll may continue to rise as more bodies are recovered from the wreckage.

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A Tsunami Caused Near 100 Deaths In The Pacific

Sept. 30, 2009 - A 8.0 magnitude earthquake triggered a tsunami that has caused about 100 deaths and left dozens injured in the tropical islands of Samoa and American Samoa.

The Samoan Center for Disaster Management officially reported 75 deaths but said that the final death toll could be above 100.

Police in American Samoa, a territory that belongs to the U.S. has reported that at least 14 people were killed in that area of the archipelago.

The earthquake occurred yesterday at 6:48 local time (17:48 GMT), when many island residents were preparing to go to work and children going to school. In Samoa, 5 feet waves hit the shore in Apia, capital of the island, and up to 10 feet waves were recorded in other nearby areas.

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Q & A: How did Guinea erupt into violence?

Troops loyal to military junta leader Moussa Dadis Camara fired live rounds into a crowd of protesters Monday in clashes that killed more than 150. Why?

By Scott Baldauf | Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor
from the September 29, 2009 edition

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More Texas Death Penalty Woes

Texas’ Criminal Court of Appeals (CCA), the highest criminal court in the state, the panel that offers the last judicial review of Texas’ death penalty cases, is a joke. Sharon Keller, the presiding judge of the CCA, faced trial for five counts of judicial misconduct in August, including a violation of due process in a 2007 death penalty case. Now the CCA has voted 6-3 that a death penalty conviction should stand even though the judge and prosecutor who tried the case in 1989 had been lovers for over 20 years. - Obituary Archive

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Iranian Revolutionary Guards Threaten The Press and Bloggers

June 17, 2009 - The Iranian government is taking a new step today in its strategy of harassment against the press and bloggers, as the Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution requires all Internet sites and blogs to remove from their pages any content that may "create tensions" and threaten of "legal actions" whoever attempts to circumvent the order.

The Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution, (a.k.a. Pásdárán) already has an extensive experience in the persecution of bloggers.

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SKY NEWS: Terror Names Linked To Doomed Flight AF 447

June 10, 2009 - Among all the speculations around the cause of the Air France 447 accident (computer failure, frozen airspeed sensors), the terrorist attack has never been totally ruled out, but as the Sky News journalist says, the finding in the AF447 passengers list of the names of radical Muslims could simply be a "macabre coincidence".


Two passengers with names linked to Islamic terrorism were on the Air France flight which crashed with the loss of 228 lives, it has emerged.

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Lebanon Election: And The Winner is....Saad Hariri

June 8, 2009 - The anti-Syrian (and pro-Western) coalition led by Saad Hariri (son of assassinated Prime Minister) won the parliamentary elections on Sunday. According to last estimation, the coalition would obtain 68 seats in the next parliament, on a total of 128. The Hezbollah and its allies only obtain 57 seats.

It is a setback for the Hezbollah, especially since that victory, wider than expected, is supported by a participation rate of almost 55%, 10 points better than in previous elections.

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Brazilian Army Reports Having Found Bodies Of AF447 Passengers

June 6, 2008 - The Brazilian army has reported today having found the first bodies of victims of the Air France 447 disaster which occured last Sunday when the Airbus 330 traveling from Brazil to France crashed in the Atlantic for currently unknown reasons.

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Absolutely No Tracks In The Air France Tragedy

June 5, 2009 - Contrarily to what has been officially announced two days ago, the wreckages found by the Brazilian Air Force do not belong to the lost Airbus and the search efforts have to restart from scratch, without any clue about the crash location.

The 12-mile long fuel slick spotted from the air by Brazilian pilots turned to be oil spilled from a ship. And the piece of white debris that were thought to belong to the missing plane appeared to be pieces of wood, probably fallen from a ship.

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