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Community pays tribute to Rhys
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Crowds of people have joined Rhys Jones's family at a community vigil to remember the murdered schoolboy's life. His parents and older brother Owen, 17, lit a candle in the pouring rain at the service in his memory at Liverpool's Croxteth Country Park. An appeal for information was renewed to find the killer of the 11-year-old, who was shot dead in Croxteth Park. The Bishop of Liverpool urged people who knew who was responsible to "do the right thing". Nine-year-old Louis Ainscough, who wa ...

Davis predicts EU vote 'backlash'
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The government may well thwart calls for a referendum on the EU constitution but could see a public backlash, the shadow home secretary has warned. David Davis told BBC News 24 ministers would ultimately face an angry public who believed they were promised a vote. For the government, International Development Secretary defended the treaty as "reforming" in nature. He said the British system required such documents to be put before Parliament for "proper scrutiny". "We live in a parliamentary ...

Howard to press new climate deal
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Australian Prime Minister John Howard has urged fellow Asian leaders to find a new way forward on climate change. Speaking ahead of an Asia Pacific Economic Co-operation (Apec) meeting, Mr Howard said flexible targets should be adopted to cut emissions. Australia and the US are the only industrialised nations not to sign the Kyoto Protocol, arguing that capping greenhouse gases would harm growth. Mr Howard's stance has been criticised by environmentalists. World leaders - including US Presi ...

Abbas changes election law
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has announced changes in the election law which could boost his Fatah party against rivals Hamas. Under the new law, Palestinians will vote solely for party lists, while voting by district will be eliminated. Hamas, which took control of the Gaza Strip after fighting with Fatah in June, described the move as illegal. Mr Abbas revealed the changes as he met EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana in the West Bank city of Ramallah. Mr Solana is ha ...

North Korea 'to end nuclear work'
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

North Korea has agreed to declare and disable all its nuclear facilities by the end of this year, the US negotiator at talks with Pyongyang has said. Christopher Hill said details of the deal would be discussed at six-party talks in China, later in September. North Korea tested a nuclear device last year, but has since agreed in principle to shut down its programme in return for economic and other aid. It has already shut down its main nuclear reactor at Yongbyon.

Ethiopia rebels 'agree UN truce'
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Rebels in south-eastern Ethiopia say they will observe a ceasefire for the week-long visit of a UN delegation. The team is probing rights violations and humanitarian issues in the conflict between troops and the Ogaden National Liberation Front in the Somali region. The ONLF has been fighting for independence for ethnic Somalis in the region for more than 20 years. The conflict flared in April when the ONLF attacked a Chinese-run exploration team, killing 74 people. In a statement, the ONLF  ...

Children under 10 suspected of 3,000 crimes
2 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of crimes went unpunished in England and Wales last year because the suspects were too young to be prosecuted, it was reported on Sunday. Children under 10 were suspected of having carried out 2,840 crimes, about half of which were cases of arson or criminal damage. But there were also 66 sex offences, some against children under 13, for which they were the main suspec ...

Lebanon army takes control of camp
2 Sep 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nazih Siddiq NAHR AL-BARED, Lebanon (Reuters) - Lebanese troops took control on Sunday of a Palestinian refugee camp where they had been battling militants for more than three months, killing at least 31 fighters who tried to flee, security sources said. Twenty-three more fighters from the Fatah al-Islam group were captured, 12 of them wounded militants detained after the army took over the Nah ...

Tube strike travel chaos expected
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Tube passengers have been warned to expect travel chaos after union leaders confirmed a 72-hour strike would definitely begin on Monday. The Rail Maritime and Transport union said more than 2,300 of its members will walk out at 1800 BST on 3 September. The strike action is due to a row over predicted job losses due to the collapse of maintenance firm Metronet. London's mayor said workers had been assured there would be no job cuts. The strike is expected to last from 1800 BST Monday, 3 Septe ...

Lebanon army 'in control' of camp
2 Sep 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Lebanon's army says it has taken full control of a Palestinian refugee camp where its troops have been battling Islamist militants since May. The announcement came after troops said they had killed 28 Fatah al-Islam militants who tried to break out of the besieged Nahr El-Bared camp. Troops fired celebratory shots to signal the end of the stand-off. The fighting has killed more than 300 people and forced nearly 40,000 Palestinian refugees to flee. "The battle is over. The Lebanese army has  ...

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