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EU moves to prevent spread of avian flu

By Jean De Vries, BrusselsACKNOWLEDGING it is on high alert, the European Union approved measures to try and halt the unrelenting advance of bird flu, including setting up buffer zones around outbreaks of the lethal virus.

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US 'violating detainees' human rights'

By Sam Cage, GenevaTHE United States is violating a host of human rights, including a ban on torture, arbitrary detention and the right to a fair trial at Guantanamo Bay prison, a United Nations report said yesterday.

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France accuses Tehran of pursuing military nuclear programme

By Paul Carrel ParisFRANCE accused Iran yesterday of pursuing a secret military nuclear programme, drawing a swift rebuke from Tehran ahead of talks next week on a Russian proposal for resolving the dispute.

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Goods boycott costs Danish companies millions of euro

CONSUMER boycotts of Danish goods in Muslim countries in protest at the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Mohammed are costing Denmark's companies millions, and have raised fears of irreparable damage to trade ties.

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Iran renames Danish pastries

IRANIANS love Danish pastries, but now when they look for the flaky dessert at the bakery, they must ask for: "Roses of the Prophet Mohammed".

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Supporters celebrate Preval win

By Stevenson Jacobs, Port-Au-PrinceHAITIANS celebrated in the streets yesterday as word quickly spread that Rene Preval will be Haiti's next president.

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Israel plans to isolate Gaza Strip

By Amy Teibel, JerusalemISRAEL will bar workers and goods from the Gaza Strip and impose other harsh economic sanctions after a Hamas-dominated parliament is sworn in this weekend, security officials said yesterday.

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New abuse photos may inflame anger in Iraq

NEW images of naked prisoners, some bloodied and lying on the floor, threatened to revive public anger over abuse by US guards at Abu Ghraib prison at a time when tensions with the West are already running high in the Middle East.

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UN demands US close 'torture' camp

By Sam Cage, GenevaTHE United States has come under international fire after a United Nations report said it should shut the prison at Guantanamo Bay used for terror suspects and release the detainees or put them on trial.

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Glacier melt rate has doubled in five years

By John von RadowitzGREENLAND glaciers are pouring water into the sea at a rate that has almost doubled in the last five years, scientists said yesterday.

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