Voters in Spain head to the polls Sunday to decide a national referendum on the European Constitution. Lithuania, Hungary and Slovenia have already ratified the Treaty Establishing a Constitution for Europe in parliamentary votes, but eight additional states – including France, the UK, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ireland, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, and Poland – are [...]

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Human rights groups criticized Bush pick for intelligence director nominee John Negroponte Friday, stating the current US ambassador to Iraq has a record of supporting human rights violations. Critics allege that during his role as ambassador to Honduras in the early 1980's, Negroponte dramatically underplayed human rights problems by backing Contra rebels and supporting Honduran [...]

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US District Court Judge Gerald Bruce Lee sentenced former Boeing CFO Michael Sears to four months in prison Friday for aiding and abetting illegal employment negotiations . Sears pleaded guilty in November to charges that he offered then-Air Force chief acquisition official Darleen Druyun a $250,000 executive position with Boeing at the same time she [...]

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Togolese President Faure Gnassingbe announced Friday that he will be holding elections as required by the original Togolese constitution. Faure had been placed in power by Togo's military and had had the constitution changed to allow him to serve out his father's remaining presidential term. Regional African organizations nonetheless exerted strong amounts of pressure on [...]

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The defense team for Pfc. Lynndie England , accused in the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, said Friday that military prosecutors have now filed a new and reduced set of charges against her that could substantially reduce any prison term sentence might receive. Nineteen counts of committing abusive and indecent acts that could have resuled [...]

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