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Woman who tried to kill Ford to be released August 16
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The woman who tried to assassinate President Gerald Ford is expected to be released from prison on August 16 after serving her sentence, a U.S. Justice Department official said on Wednesday. Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, a one-time follower of mass murderer Charles Manson, has been serving a life sentence but was eligible for parole almost 25 years ago. She had waived her ...

Some measures won't help prevent flu pandemic: report
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Maggie Fox, Health and Science Editor WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Closing schools, stopping large gatherings and other such measures are unlikely to do much to prevent the spread of the H1N1 swine flu pandemic, a team of experts predicted on Wednesday. They said pandemic closely resembles the pandemic of H2N2 influenza in 1957 when it quickly became apparent that there was little offic ...

Support mounts for Sotomayor
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Thomas Ferraro WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A seventh Republican broke ranks on Wednesday and backed Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who appeared virtually certain of winning Senate approval as the first Hispanic on the highest U.S. court. A vote by the Democratic-led Senate was expected as early as Thursday, with a swearing-in ceremony shortly afterward. Republican Senato ...

U.N. urges governments to tap women to fight global downturn
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Governments in the Asia Pacific should come up with more stimulus projects that help drive an economic recovery by tapping into the female labor force, rather than just creating construction jobs that mainly employ men, a senior U.N. official said on Wednesday. U.N. Under Secretary-General Noeleen Heyzer said governments should also spend on health, education and agric ...

Russia backs EU, not U.S., role in Georgia
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Moscow welcomes the work of EU monitors in Georgia, deployed in the Caucasus state a year ago after the Russian invasion, but is opposed to the United States having a role, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday. In a brief war last August, Russia crushed Georgia's attempt to retake its rebel province of South Ossetia. Moscow has recognized the independence of S ...

Iran says cannot confirm arrest of three Americans
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Wednesday he could not confirm whether three Americans had been detained by Iran. "There have been contradictory and vague reports on their arrest in Iran. I cannot confirm or deny the arrests until further investigation," Hassan Qashqavi told state radio. On Tuesday, a local security official in Iran's western Kurdista ...

U.S. senator slows anti-drug aid to Mexico: report
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. senator has rejected a plan by the State Department to issue a report affirming Mexico is respecting human rights in its war against drug traffickers, which could delay release of millions of dollars in U.S. anti-narcotics aid, the Washington Post reported on Wednesday. Citing U.S. officials and congressional sources, the Post said Senator Patrick Leahy, a Demo ...

Iran's Ahmadinejad sworn in as president
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Parisa Hafezi and Zahra Hosseinian TEHRAN (Reuters) - Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was sworn in as Iran's president on Wednesday, nearly eight weeks after a disputed election that unleashed the worst unrest since the 1979 Islamic revolution and divided the political and clerical elite. The 53-year-old hard-liner took his oath of office before parliament, with riot police out in force in ne ...

U.S. can end Honduras crisis in seconds: Zelaya
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The United States can end the political crisis in Honduras in a few seconds and kick out politicians who led a coup in June, deposed Honduran President Manuel Zelaya said on Tuesday. "Honduras, despite what the coup leaders say, does not depend on Caracas. Honduras depends on Washington," Zelaya told CNN en Espanol in an interview. "The United States only need ...

"U.S. drone" hits a family home of Pakistan Taliban chief
5 Aug 2009 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Alamgir Bitani PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - A missile believed to have been fired by a U.S. drone struck the house of Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud's father-in-law Wednesday, killing at least one woman and two militants, a security official and a relative said. U.S. missile attacks on Mehsud territory in the South Waziristan tribal region have become more frequent in  ...

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