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Authorities: Powder in dorm likely not ricin
25 Feb 2006 source: cnn.com

(CNN) -- Authorities doubt that the whitish-brown powder found in a roll of quarters at the University of Texas at Austin is ricin because no one has shown symptoms of exposure to the powerful poison, an EMS spokesman said late Saturday afternoon. "Pretty sure this is not ricin, but we're going to let the labs [confirm] that," said Mike Elliott, district commander for Austin-Travis County Emergency Medical Services. "No one has shown any signs or symptoms at all. With ricin, we s ...


Blair defends record on rights
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jeremy Lovell LONDON (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair, accused both nationally and from within his own Labour Party of undermining civil liberties, on Sunday said his critics were mistaken and out of touch with reality. Blair has won three consecutive elections since leading his party out of 18 years in the political wilderness in 1997. But he has said he will not stand for a fourth term ...


IRA supporters disrupt Dublin parade
25 Feb 2006 source: cnn.com

DUBLIN, Ireland (AP) -- Several hundred Irish Republican Army supporters attacked police in Dublin on Saturday to protest an unprecedented parade through the capital by Protestants from Northern Ireland. In scenes rare for the Republic of Ireland, protesters hurled bottles, bricks, concrete blocks and fireworks at police officers trying to clear the hostile crowd from Dublin's most famous boulevard, O'Connell Street. Even though the Protestants abandoned their parade, the battles spread to st ...


Iraq govt warns of risk of endless civil war
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Michael Georgy and Lin Noueihed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's defence minister warned of the risk of an endless "civil war" as sectarian violence flared again on Saturday, killing over 40, as Sunni and Shi'ite leaders made joint pleas for a halt to four days of bloodshed. With the gravest crisis since the U.S. invasion threatening his plan to draw down 136,000 troops, U.S. President George W. Bush made a round of calls to Iraqi leaders on all sides urging them to work together to break a round ...


EU tries to soothe trade tensions over bird flu
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Evans PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union urged its trading partners on Saturday not to over-react to an outbreak of bird flu in France after Japan banned all French poultry imports and threatened similar action against the Netherlands. Japan's moves have alarmed Europe's two biggest poultry producers after tests confirmed the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu had hit a farm in eastern France, the first case of the virus in domestic farm birds in the EU. "Whilst I understand their dec ...


FBI seeks source of poison at U of Texas
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

HOUSTON (Reuters) - An FBI-led task force is trying find out how the deadly poison ricin wound up in a student dormitory at the University of Texas, a campus police spokeswoman said on Saturday. A chunky white powder, less than the amount that would fill a plastic sandwich bag, was found on Thursday night and preliminary tests on Friday showed it to be ricin, a poison made from castor beans, spok ...


Irish nationalists clash with police in Dublin
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Jodie Ginsberg DUBLIN (Reuters) - Irish nationalists clashed with police in Dublin on Saturday as demonstrations against a planned march by Northern Irish Protestants sparked the worst rioting in the city for over a decade. Hundreds of rioters hurled bricks, fireworks and bottles at police as they waited for the "Love Ulster" rally to get underway in one of Dublin's main shopping streets. The rioters were protesting plans for relatives of people killed by the IRA. Organisers abandoned the ...


Ugandan leader's victory challenged
25 Feb 2006 source: cnn.com

KAMPALA, Uganda (CNN) -- Uganda's longtime incumbent leader Yoweri Museveni has won the country's presidential race, but the closest runner-up says he plans to challenge the results. Official results from Uganda's electoral commission on Saturday showed that Museveni -- in power for 20 years -- garnered 59.28 percent of the vote, held on Thursday. The runner-up was Dr. Kiiza Besigye -- a 49-year-old candidate from the Forum for Democratic Change -- with 37.36 percent of the vote. While intern ...


EU seeks to soothe trade tensions over bird flu
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Evans PARIS (Reuters) - The European Union urged its trading partners on Saturday not to over-react to an outbreak of bird flu in France after Japan suspended all French poultry imports and threatened a similar ban on the Netherlands. Japan's move caused alarm in Europe's two biggest poultry producers after tests confirmed the deadly H5N1 strain of avian flu had hit a farm in eastern France, the first case of the virus in domestic farm birds in the EU. "Whilst I understand their deci ...


Uganda opposition rejects election result
25 Feb 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye said on Saturday his party rejected the results of Thursday's polls that extended President Yoweri Museveni's two decades in power, citing irregularities. "The Forum for Democratic Change has taken the decision to reject the results," Besigye told reporters at his home. A final tally announced by election authorities gave Museveni 59 pe ...


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