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US charges Australian David Hicks

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US charges Australian David Hicks

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David Hicks of Australia became the first to be charged under the new Military Commissions Act as he appeared before a military judge at Guantanamo Bay to face charges of providing material support to a terrorist organization. The 31-year-old Australian’s lawyers have been considering a plea bargain, in hopes he can be handed to Australian custody. It is alleged that Hicks, a Muslim convert, attended al-Qaeda training camps and fought with the Taliban. He was captured in 2001 in Afghanistan where, according to his father, he was on a religious pilgrimage.

Hicks sought to expand his defense team, but two of his lawyers were disqualified by the military judge. One of them, Joshua Dratel, refused to sign a document setting out the rules for the tribunal. Hicks said he was “shocked” to lose another lawyer.

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UN sanctions prompt Iran to limit cooperation with IAEA

UN sanctions prompt Iran to limit cooperation with IAEA

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Monday, March 26, 2007

The government of Iran will be limiting its cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) a government spokesperson said, just a day after the United Nations voted to impose sanctions on Iran.

“It is not a new issue for the Iranian nation. Enemies of the Iranian nation have made a mistake this time too. [Sanctions] will not halt Iran’s peaceful nuclear program even for a second. The Iranian nation will not forget those who backed and those who rejected (the resolution), while adjusting its international relations,” said the president of Iran, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.

Gholam Hossein Elham, a spokesman for the Iranian government said that the country would be halting all “code 1-3 of minor arrangements of the safeguards” with the IAEA and will “continue until Iran’s nuclear case is referred back to the IAEA from the U.N Security Council.”

Elham also said that the sanctions imposed on the country are “illegal” and also said that the U.N. is “bullying” the nation.

Alejandro Wolff, the acting United States Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that the sanctions “sent a clear and unambiguous message to Iran” that continuing to build a nuclear program “will only further isolate Iran and make it less, not more, secure.”

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Rain in Greater Vancouver area, increased turbidity in drinking water

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The rain has stopped in the Lower Mainland in British Columbia, but the Greater Vancouver Regional District (GVRD) says the region’s water worries are not over.

Some residents in the area had to leave their homes after a mud slide came down Friday evening. About 21 consecutive days were without sunshine but rain in the Greater Vancouver Regional District.

The heavy rainfall above the steep hills above the region’s water supply lakes mean that there may be increased turbidity in the drinking water, officials warn.

Officials say that this should not be a problem for most people, but people with bad immune systems should take extra precautions, like boiling their water. However, this is not a boil-water advisory. One was issued last November after a big storm in the Greater Vancouver area, affecting about a million people.

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Newfoundland government launches seal hunt website

Newfoundland government launches seal hunt website

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The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced, March 23, 2007, the launch of a new website to counter “misinformation about the sealing industry that is put in the public domain by international animal rights organizations.”

Minister of Fisheries and Aquaculture Tom Rideout, stated, “The sealing industry Web site is a key part of government’s plan to correct the misinformation on this all important industry. It will provide easy access to factual information on the Newfoundland and Labrador sealing industry to Internet users all over the world.”

The annual seal hunt in Canada is a source of controversy and ignites protest worldwide. Opponents of the harvest attempt to observe the hunt each year and stage protests in cities throughout the world. Boycotts of Canadian seal products and seafood have been called for.

“It is critical the public has easy access to factual information on the sealing industry,” said Rideout. “There is a lot of misinformation in the public domain and the groups that are spreading the misinformation have a strong Web presence. In order to effectively counter this information, it is important that government has a strong presence as well.”

The website contains information on the history of the sealing industry, its economic importance, and utilization of the animal, once harvested.

In addition to the website, the government will send a delegation of individuals to Europe on March 25 to meet with European parliamentarians and media regarding the seal hunt. The delegation will travel to Brussels, London, Berlin and The Hague.

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LTTE carry out airstrike on air force base in Sri Lanka

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Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) rebels bombed an Sri Lankan air force base in Katunayake in their first ever aerial attack on government forces.

At least two aircraft attacked the base on Monday at 00:45 hours local time. As many as 3 members of the air force were killed, and 17 injured during the attack when at least 2 bombs were dropped on the base. There are no reports of any air force jets being damaged or destroyed.

Cquote1.svg It is a measure to protect Tamil civilians from the genocidal aerial bombardments by Sri Lankan armed forces. Cquote2.svg

—Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan, LTTE spokesperson

“The situation was brought under total control. The government vehemently condemns the cowardly attempt to attack the Katunayake air force camp in the aftermath of the major defeats suffered by the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in the north and east,” said a statement by the Media Center for National Security.

No casualties or damage have been reported from the neighbouring Bandaranaike International Airport, which is Sri Lanka’s only international airport.

“No security threat prevailed to the commercial flights and passengers,” added the statement.

Rebels released a statement following the attack warning of more bombings.

“It is a measure to protect Tamil civilians from the genocidal aerial bombardments by Sri Lankan armed forces. More attacks of the same nature will follow,” said Rasiah Ilanthiraiyan, a spokesman for the rebel group.

In 2001, a ground attack by the LTTE on Bandaranaike International Airport left nearly half of national carrier SriLankan Airlines’ fleet destroyed.

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Power sharing to return to Northern Ireland

Power sharing to return to Northern Ireland

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Following an historic meeting between Ian Paisley and Gerry Adams, the leaders of the DUP and Sinn Fein respectively, devolved government is to return to Northern Ireland. A delay has been agreed by those involved and a new target date of the 8th of May has been set for the restoration of power sharing in Northern Ireland.

The governments of Britain and Ireland had warned that the Stormont assembly would be shut down if an executive had not been agreed by today.

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NFL: Eagles trade for Spikes, Holcomb

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NFL: Eagles trade for Spikes, Holcomb

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Takeo Spikes is no longer a member of the Buffalo Bills. Spikes was involved in a trade Monday that sent the 2-time Pro-Bowl linebacker, as well as backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb to the Philadelphia Eagles for defensive tackle Darwin Walker and an undisclosed draft pick, probably in a later round of the draft. Of Spikes, Eagles general manager Tom Heckert said: “Takeo Spikes is a proven playmaker in the National Football League.” Heckert added, “He has the ability to play all three linebacking positions and were happy to add him to our defense.”

Spikes has dealt with injuries throughout his career, missing 13 games in 2005 with an Achillies tendon injury. He also missed four games this past season with problems in his hamstring. Despite his injuries, Spikes has been a playmaker for Buffalo, and previously for Cincinnati, rolling up 878 tackles, 21.5 sacks, 12 interceptions, 12 forced fumbles, and 14 fumble recoveries.

Kelly Holcomb, also involved in the deal, is 33 years old, with 11 years experience as the backup quarterback in Indianapolis, Cleveland, and most recently Buffalo. Holcomb spent the 2006 season behind J.P. Losman.

Darwin Walker is a 7-year veteran of the league. In that time span, Walker has accumulated 170 tackles, 27.5 sacks, and 5 fourced fumbles, as well as 5 recoveries.

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