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Jolie movie guards rough up photographer
14 Oct 2006 source: cnn.com

PUNE, India (AP) -- An Associated Press freelance photographer says security guards protecting a movie set where Angelina Jolie is shooting her latest film punched and threatened him at gunpoint Friday, in the second run-in between security guards on the set and the news media this week. Jolie is in the western Indian city of Pune to film scenes for "A Mighty Heart," a movie about the  ...


Russia cautions on U.N. sanctions
14 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Sanctions on North Korea should not even hint at a use of military force, Russia's Defence Minister Sergei Ivanov was quoted by Russian news agencies as saying on Saturday. "The sanctions should not even hint at a possible use of military force and should not be aimed against the people of North Korea," Ivanov said after meeting China's special envoy Tang Jiaxuan in Moscow. Th ...


Hindus to convert to Buddhism
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Tens of thousands of people are due to attend a mass conversion ceremony in India at which large numbers of low-caste Hindus will become Buddhists. The ceremony in the central city of Nagpur is part of a protest against the injustices of India's caste system. By becoming Buddhists low-caste Hindus, or Dalits, can escape the prejudice and discrimination they normally face. The ceremony marks the 50th anniversary of the adoption of Buddhism by the scholar Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar. He was the fi ...


Senedd bid for architecture award
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The Welsh assembly's Senedd building in Cardiff has been shortlisted for one of Britain's top architecture prizes. It is up against five other buildings for the £20,000 Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) Stirling Prize. The winner will be revealed on Saturday night and RIBA president Jack Pringle said the shortlist was "fascinating". As well as political debates, the Senedd is also to host the makers of the new BBC series of Doctor Who. The £67m building is up against a s ...


US envoy in peace bid for Darfur
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

United States Sudan envoy Andrew Natsios has arrived in Khartoum for a trip expected to take him to the troubled region of Darfur. Sudanese officials say they welcome his visit if it leads to clearer support for African Union peacekeepers in Darfur and the lifting of US sanctions. But this seems unlikely as the US wants UN peacekeepers, to end what it calls genocide, a BBC correspondent says. President Bush backed tougher sanctions on Sudan and its oil industry. He signed the Darfur Peace a ...


Madonna adoption bid challenged
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A Malawian child rights group has said it wants to stop Madonna adopting a child from the African country. The organisation, Eye of the Child, said it would seek a court injunction if the government did not halt its interim order approving the adoption. "It's not like selling property," the group said in a statement. Madonna is thought to have flown out of Malawi on Friday without the child, having filed adoption papers to adopt the one-year-old, called David Banda. Passport wait Eye of the ...


Benai family set for deportation
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Three asylum seekers, detained in a dawn raid in Glasgow, are expected to be deported back to Algeria. However, BBC Scotland understands they will not be joined by a fourth member, who escaped from Home Office officials during the raid last month. Immigration staff escorted 36-year-old Leila Benai and her two children from their home in Scotstoun. But the children's father, Azaddine, managed to escape by jumping from the first floor flat. Ms Benai and the children were taken to Dungavel befo ...


Parties to respond within a month
14 Oct 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Northern Ireland's political parties have less than a month to give their responses to the British and Irish governments draft devolution agreement. The parties are back home after three days of talks in St Andrews aimed at restoring the political institutions. The governments outlined their plans in the draft agreement and the parties now have until 10 of November to respond. If the plans are accepted, the assembly could be up and running by 26 March next year. The roadmap would see a fi ...


U.S. pushes for vote on North Korea sanctions
14 Oct 2006 source: cnn.com

UNITED NATIONS (CNN) -- With the United States pushing for a vote on Saturday, diplomats planned to hammer out language on a resolution that would slap sanctions on North Korea in response to its claimed nuclear test. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Japan were to meet Saturday morning, with the full council meeting at noon, but it was not assured that a vote would fol ...


Sanctions on N.Korea expected Saturday
14 Oct 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council expects to impose arms and financial sanctions on North Korea on Saturday for its reported nuclear weapons test, with U.S. intelligence pointing to confirmation that it took place. Russia and China submitted new amendments to a U.S.- drafted U.N. resolution, which are expected to delay the vote by several hours, but U.S. Ambass ...


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