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Two trains collide near Rio de Janeiro

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Two trains collide near Rio de Janeiro

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A train, traveling at a high rate of speed, was carrying over 850 passengers when it rammed into an empty train near Rio de Janeiro. The empty train was in the process of being moved between sets of tracks.

Officials are currently putting the death toll at eight, and at least 70 others are seriously hurt. There are no more survivors trapped within the wreckage. “We have to use blowtorches to open the sides of the train cars to reach the people,” said Pedro Machado, commander general of the Rio de Janeiro Fire Department. “Our priority is to give support to the survivors, the passengers trapped in the wreckage, and reduce the number of fatal victims,” said Col. Souza Filho, the head of Rio de Janeiro’s Civil Defense Department in an interview with the Globo TV network.

“They had fractures in their arms, their faces, everywhere,” said Marcos de Souza, director of the Posse Hospital in a televised interview. He said the hospital does have a large emergency ward but they are bringing in extra personnel to treat collision victims.



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Peace talks between Sunnis and Iraqi Shi\’ites begin in Finland

Peace talks between Sunnis and Iraqi Shi’ites begin in Finland

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Peace talks took place today in Finland between two rival Iraqi factions, the Sunnis and the Iraqi Shi’ites.

The seminar was organized by the Crisis Management Initiative (CMI), a non-profit, non-governmental organization founded by former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari. The CMI is focusing on trying to replicate the way peace deals were forged in South Africa and Northern Ireland, who both also have representatives at the meetings.

Although the CMI have refused to name exactly who is present at the meetings, or reveal the venue, Finnish broadcaster YLE reports that those present include Muqtada al-Sadr, Adnan al-Dulaimi, the leader of the largest Sunni Arabian political party in Iraq and Humam Hammoudi, Shiite chairman of the Iraqi Parliament’s foreign affairs committee.

The talks, which are held in conjunction with the John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies of the University of Massachusetts Boston, are expected to last two days. Finland itself will play no role. Ahtisaari himself could not be present because he was attending another peace meeting in Copanhagen, Denmark.



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Number of suspects in Finnish dogfighting case rises to ten

Number of suspects in Finnish dogfighting case rises to ten

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Finland’s National Bureau of Investigation, a division of Finland’s national police, has ten suspects currently, in its recent investigation into alleged dog fighting in the south of the country.

All the suspects are male Finns residing in southern Finland. The new developments are the result of an investigation into four to six alleged dog fights. Dog fighting is a breach of animal cruelty laws in Finland, and the case will be considered for prosecution in October. They are being investigated under suspicion of breaching the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act.

Chief Inspector Olli Töyräs of the Keskusrikospoliisin told reporters, “I would not like to speculate on the motives for the arranging of these dog fights. At least thus far there has been no evidence of illegal gambling on the outcome of fights. There also does not seem to be any large-scale organisation behind the incidents or connections with organised crime groupings. It would appear to be the pastime of a group of individuals.” Despite this, the group is known to have links throughout Scandinavia, as well as possible links to Russia.

He added that about a dozen pit bulls from America were involved in the incidents.

Key evidence includes video footage and testimony from veterinary surgeons, who were present when police raided several locations suspected to be involved. “Statements by veterinary surgeons are a significant part of the investigation. They play the same role here as forensic pathologists would in a normal violent crime investigation,” Inspector Töyräs said.

The investigation was begun as a result of an investigation into dog fighting in the United Kingdom by the state-run British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC). A BBC journalist teamed up with a man with military experience to infiltrate a notorious dog fighting ring from Ulster, Ireland, known as The Farmer Boys. This uncovered links to a group involved in comparable activity in Finland. The documentary, which is part of the Panorama series, was broadcast in Finland yesterday by YLE.

The BBC had contacted Finland regarding it’s discoveries in April. The BBC itself had begun it’s investigation after Gerard Cavlan, a football player from Northern Ireland, was convicted on charges related to dog fighting.

The programme included graphic scenes of a dog fight in Finland, filmed using hidden cameras. The show’s team also purchased a pit bull from a dealer in Finland with false documents showing it to be another breed (pit bulls are illegal in Britain) and successfully transported it back without detection via Germany and Ireland, taking a ferry into England from Northern Ireland.

The dog breeder is a member of SATHY, an organisation which describes itself as “a Finnish club devoted to dog breeds not recognized by FCI related associations (such as the Finnish Kennel Club, and some others). [The] Most important breeds for us are the American Bulldog, American Pit Bull Terrier, Toy Fox Terrier, American Hairless Terrier and Olde English Bulldog.”

SATHY has issued a statement via their website to the affect that they felt the programme was misleading, and that Finnish dog breeders have initiated legal proceedings against the British journalist responsible for the programme. One of the dog breeders shown during the programme denied any criminal activity when approached by the Finnish Helsingin Sanomat news service.

Privacy laws in Finland required the faces of those believed to be involved to be pixelated during the Finnish version of the broadcast, although this was not mirrored in the UK screening – which, in an unprecedented move, coincided exactly with the showing in Finland. The show was widely discussed on the internet, with large volumes of material requiring deleted by site administrators as breaching Finnish privacy legislation.

The investigation is the only one ever conducted into dog fighting in Finland. Töyräs explained the problem to journalists: ”We have only had vague unconnected hints of this sort of activity in the past, and on the basis of these it was not possible to mount an earlier investigation.”



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Law banning same sex marriages in Iowa \’unconstitutional\’ says judge

Law banning same sex marriages in Iowa ‘unconstitutional’ says judge

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An Iowa district court judge has ruled that a 1998 decision banning same-sex marriages in that state is “unconstitutional” and that the ban “violated the rights of due process and equal protection” of people in same-sex relationships said Judge Robert Hanson.

The ruling came when six homosexual couples filed a lawsuit against Polk County, Iowa for not allowing same-sex marriages saying that the ban violated homosexual couples’ constitutional rights.

“[This is] a significant step forward in recognizing the constitutional rights of all Iowans. And it’s an amazing day for same-sex couples and their families all across Iowa,” said a lawyer for the couples who filed the lawsuit, Dennis Johnson.

All six couples received a license to marry as soon as the ruling was made, but John Sarcone, the Polk County District Attorney says that he plans to appeal the ruling. For now, Sarcone has asked that Hanson to put a stay on the ruling and to not allow any same-sex marriage licenses to be issued until an appeal could be made. A decision on whether a stay should be granted is expected next week.

Iowa’s governor, Chet Culver has also spoken out against the ruling saying that “while some Iowans may disagree on this issue, I personally believe marriage is between a man and a woman.

For now, same-sex couples can apply for a marriage license for only US$5.00 and a waiver is available for couple who wish to apply to have their marriage license issued immediately instead of the normal three day waiting period.

Massachusetts is currently the only other state in the U.S. to allow same-sex marriages. 11 other states allow civil unions or domestic partnerships.



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Iran unveils part of its nuclear program

Iran unveils part of its nuclear program

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On August 27, Iran published public information report about its nuclear program, thus unveiling a part of outstanding issues still in discussion with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). In this document, Tehran provide clarifications about plutonium experiments and shows signs of cooperation in clearing up questions about its efforts to acquire nuclear technology. The IAEA issued a new report on August 30, and distributed copies of its report ahead of a September 10 meeting of the organization’s 35-member board.

This report also reflects findings about a work plan concluded on August 21. The United Nations nuclear watchdog report praised Iran for agreeing to a new work plan and planning to resolve numerous questions about its nuclear program.

Mohamed ElBaradei, the IAEA director general, said in reaction to these reports: “This is the first time Iran is ready to discuss all the outstanding issues which triggered the crisis in confidence. It’s a significant step.”

The assessment of Iran nuclear cooperation could make it more difficult for the United States and its allies to win tougher U.N. sanctions against Iran.

In Iran, the Deputy Secretary of the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) for International Affairs, Mohammad Saeedi, said that the IAEA report « put an end to all US baseless allegations on Iran’s separation activities and reprocessing plutonium.»



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Fire kills six, badly injures seven in Croatia

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Fire kills six, badly injures seven in Croatia

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In Croatia’s worst ever firefighting tragedy, six men were killed and seven badly injured when they were trapped battling a fierce forest blaze.

The group, including volunteers aged 17 and 18, was encircled by flames Thursday when the wind suddenly changed course while they were fighting the fire on Kornat island, national firefighting chief Mladen Jurin said. Police said eight men had been detained on suspicion of arson. The prime minister of Croatia promised an investigation.

A national day of mourning has been declared for September 3.

The incident follows a series of deadly fires in Greece.


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White House spokesman Tony Snow stepping down

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White House spokesman Tony Snow stepping down

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White House spokesman Tony Snow announced today that after a long battle with colon cancer, he will be stepping down as the White House spokesperson. Mr. Snow has served the White House since May 8, 2006.

“It’s been a joy to watch him spar with you,” said Bush. “He’s smart, he’s capable, he’s witty, he’s able to talk about issues in a way the American people understand,” Bush continued. “I don’t know what he’s going to do, I’m not sure he does yet either,” Bush said. “One, he’ll battle cancer and win, and secondly he’ll be a solid contributor to society.”

Tony Snow said that he will be leaving the White House due to financial restrictions because of the cost of chemotherapy. Snow had previously announced that he would be leaving prior to when Bush’s term ends in January of 2009.



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Some Gaza Strip students to go without textbooks

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Some Gaza Strip students to go without textbooks

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The Israeli military refused to let five trucks of paper, intended for printing textbooks, into Gaza City and are retaining control over the trucks. The Israeli government is deciding if the paper can be considered humanitarian aid, and if so, let the paper in to Gaza.

Israel recently imposed a ban on the transportation of large amounts of paper to Gaza. Essential supplies are being let into the Gaza Strip, such as food, medicine, and petrol, yet paper is being forbidden which will cause most school children to go to school without text books.

UNWRA’s Gaza director, the United Nations Relief and Works Agency, John Ging was quoted as saying, “Some 200,000 children will go into our classrooms on [September 1st], and won’t have the books they need.”

Israel has said that in order to maintain transport of essential goods, food, medicine, and fuel, secondary goods must be left for later. An Israeli official said, “The priority right now is getting food in.”



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Fred Thompson confirms US Presidential bid

Fred Thompson confirms US Presidential bid

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Yesterday, Republican Fred Thompson confirmed his campaign for the United States presidential election, 2008. The much expected announcement comes on the tail of criticism about his lobbying past and that he has waited too long to declare his intentions. He is expected to file papers next Thursday to make his candidacy official.

Thompson much expected declarations comes after months of “testing the waters.” Already appearing in the top tier of GOP candidates, Thompson’s announcement comes after staff changes and lack luster fundraising. According to an advisor, Thompson will make the announcement on Leno opting not to appear at the Republican debate on September 5.

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August 30, 2007

YouTube access returns to Thailand

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YouTube access returns to Thailand

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An image of King Bhumibol Adulyadej adorns an office building in Bangkok in 2006. Thailand viewers were blocked from the website after an “offensive” video was uploaded.

YouTube videos could once again be viewed today in Thailand, nearly six months after the video-sharing website was blocked for hosting a video that showed images deemed offensive to Thailand’s monarch, King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

Information and Communications Technology Minister Sitthichai Pookaiyaudom said the ministry unblocked YouTube after the website said it had developed ways to block Thailand viewers from seeing contents that violate Thai laws.

In April, YouTube was blocked in Thailand after a video was uploaded that showed graffiti scrawled over the king’s face, and feet being placed over the king’s face; both highly offensive acts in Thai culture. Against the king, the offense is known as lèse majesté, a crime that can carry severe penalties.

Sitthichai told The Nation newspaper that the unblocking of YouTube is not in response to an apology issued in May by the video uploader.



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