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Sudan and Somalia to dominate African summit
28 Jan 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Opheera McDoom and Marie-Louise Gumuchian ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - A divisive battle over Sudan's bid to chair the African Union despite wide criticism of its actions in Darfur is likely to overshadow a two-day summit of the organisation starting on Monday. The meeting is due to discuss raising a peacekeeping force for Somalia to replace Ethiopian troops, unrest in Guinea and climate change, as  ...

India in aerospace defence plan
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

India says it is to build an aerospace defence command aimed at preventing possible attacks from space. The head of India's air force outlined the plans saying it would protect both Indian territory and assets. Air Chief Marshal Shashi Tyagi said India was an aerospace power with "trans-oceanic reach" and it was vital it should be able to exploit space. It comes two weeks after China carried out a test in which it used a missile to destroy an old satellite in orbit. Military command In the ...

Football: Chelsea ease through
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Chelsea cruised to victory over League One side Nottingham Forest to book their place in the FA Cup fifth round. The Blues opened the scoring when Andriy Shevchenko's close-range volley deflected off Forest's John Curtis. Didier Drogba added another goal with a curling 25-yard free-kick and Mikel Jon Obi then poked the ball home just before half-time. Forest's best chance came courtesy of Junior Agogo, who fired his shot across goal from 12 yards out. Report: No surprises as  ...

'Help Muslims report terror' call
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A top Muslim police officer has urged forces to use "third-party reporting" to get terror information from Muslims. Chief Superintendent Ali Dizaei, of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA), said some Muslims did not like going to police stations. Ch Supt Dizaei, the third-highest ranking Muslim officer in the Met, said they should be able to give information at centres such as schools and mosques. Such a system worked well in areas including domestic violence, he added. 'More se ...

Ministers 'warned on offenders'
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Ministers had been warned about sex offenders going missing, the head of the Police Federation has said. Jan Berry said the federation, which represents rank and file officers, had alerted the Home Office three years ago but it had failed to find a solution. It follows newspaper reports police forces across the UK have lost track of 322 convicted sex offenders. Justice minister Harriet Harman denied the government had been complacent but admitted: "We have got to do more". According to the N ...

Shetty 'set for Big Brother win'
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Shilpa Shetty, the Bollywood actress at the centre of the race row that has engulfed TV show Celebrity Big Brother, is favourite to win the sixth series. Bookmaker William Hill is offering odds of 1-6 on the 31-year-old Indian star. Shetty's treatment at the hands of some of her fellow contestants sparked worldwide accusations of racism. The victor will be decided by public vote in a live show on Sunday. Bookies estimate Shetty's closest rivals are Jermaine Jackson and Dirk Benedict. Of the  ...

Israel names first Muslim cabinet minister
28 Jan 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel appointed its first Muslim cabinet minister on Sunday, a step he said would help its Arab citizens identify more strongly with the Jewish state. "The first step has been taken and this has given Israeli Arabs a feeling of belonging," Galeb Magadla told Army Radio after the cabinet ratified his appointment as a minister without portfolio. Arabs make up about 20 percent  ...

Pupils killed as Iraq schools hit
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

At least seven Iraqi children have died after their schools were caught up in a day of sustained violence across Baghdad and other parts of Iraq. A mortar hit a Baghdad high school, killing at least five girls, while a bomb blast hit a primary school in Ramadi, leaving two children dead. Fighting has meanwhile erupted near the holy city of Najaf, where a US military helicopter was reportedly shot down. The violence comes as Shia Muslims mark Ashura, one of their holiest festivals. Pupils  ...

Mother charged with murder of two children
28 Jan 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - An East London mother was charged with murdering her two young children on Sunday after the bodies were found at a home. Detectives from the Child Abuse Investigation Team found the bodies of the 10-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl on Saturday morning in Hackney. Police said in a statement they had arrested a 29-year-old woman at the scene and later charged her with murder.  ...

I am not finished yet, says Blair
28 Jan 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Prime Minister Tony Blair has denied he is running out of steam as he faces his final months in office, insisting: "I want to finish what I have started". In an interview with BBC One's The Politics Show he said he still had a "strong and energetic agenda" of public service reform to carry out. He refused to be drawn on the timing of his retirement later this year. But he confirmed he intended to lead Labour into the Scottish Parliament and Welsh Assembly elections in May. Asked why he had n ...

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