A peace agreement ceremoniously signed in Nairobi, Kenya, Sunday between the Sudanese government (official website here) and the southern Sudan People's Liberation Movement (official website here; profile here) formally ended a 21-year civil war, the longest-running internal struggle on the African continent. The deal outlines power and resource sharing plans intended to stabiize relations between [...]

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Palestinian leaders called on Israeli authorities Saturday to ease travel restrictions as promised on the eve of Sunday's upcoming Palestinian elections to pick a successor to late president Yasser Arafat. Israel said it would keep its troops out of West Bank towns and would lift some roadblocks, but that it would not eliminate main checkpoints. [...]

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Ten former directors of Enron have agreed to pay $168 million to settle a lawsuit by shareholders, according to lead plaintiff University of California. The settlement, announced Friday, involves an out-of-pocket payment by the former directors of $13 million, with the rest being provided by insurance. The lawsuit had claimed that the Enron executives deceive [...]

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US-led forces have detained a top figure in the Muslim militant network in Iraq and an ally of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the US military said in a statement Saturday. The man arrested, Abdul Aziz Sa'dun Ahmed Hamduni, also known as Abu Ahmed, admitted coordinating and conducting "terrorist operations" in the city of Mosul according to [...]

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A judge in Chile accused former Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet on Friday of having false passports just days after he was placed under house arrest for human rights charges. Special judge Sergio Munoz made the accusation in a court filing but did not say how Pinochet obtained the passports were obtained or whether they were [...]

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Afghan authorities have arrested an Afghan supreme court judge in connection with an August car bomb attack that killed ten people, including three Americans, outside a US security firm in Kabul. Judge Naqibullah, who like many Afghans goes by one name, was arrested after two men accused of organizing the bombing told investigator they had [...]

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Speaking Friday in Michigan at the end of a three-day policy campaign dedicated to tort reform, President Bush called for a halt to asbestos lawsuits that he said have bankrupted companies and resulted in dramatic cost and tax increases. Instead he urged Congress to pass legisltion establishing an $140 billion asbestos compensation fund to compensate [...]

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