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Monday
Oct042010

Man Arrested in Paris Train Station Bomb Threat

Photo Courtesy - Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images(PARIS) -- A man suspected of making a bomb threat at the Gare Saint-Lazare train station in Paris, France has been arrested.  As confirmed to ABC News by the Paris prosecutor's office, the man, in his 50s, was arrested Monday morning west of Paris in the town of Meudon.  He is being questioned by French police, and could possibly be involved in other bomb threats.

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Sunday
Oct032010

Gunmen Attack NATO Tankers in Pakistan

Image Courtesy - Google Earth(ISLAMABAD) -- At least five are believed dead after gunmen attacked more than 15 NATO oil tankers bound for Afghanistan.

The assault is the third such attack since Friday.

One of the main routes used by Afghanistan-bound trucks has been closed for days after three Pakistani soldiers were killed in an allied helicopter strike.

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Sunday
Oct032010

Palestinian Leader Threatens To End Peace Talks

Photo Courtesy - ABBAS MOMANI/AFP/Getty Images(JERUSALEM) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas is threatening to quit newly-launched peace negotiations after the Israeli building freeze in the West Bank expired last week.

This weekend, Abbas got more domestic support from Palestinian lawmakers. The executive committee of the Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement that peace talks will not proceed until Israel halts settlement construction. Abbas will meet with the Arab League next Friday to discuss whether to stick with or leave the talks.

Meanwhile, U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell is reportedly negotiating with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu for a new 60-day freeze.

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Friday
Oct012010

Clinton & Sebelius Apologize for U.S.-Funded Study That Infected Guatemalans With STDs

Photo Courtesy -- The White House | Pete Souza (WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius issued a joint statement apologizing for a U.S.-funded study that infected Guatemalans with sexually transmitted diseases during the late 1940s. In the statement, Clinton and Sebelius call the 'U.S. Public Health Service Sexually Transmitted Disease Inoculation Study of 1946-1948' "unethical," "appalling" and "sad."

The secretaries of State and Health and Human Services both acknowledged, "Although these events occurred more than 64 years ago, we are outraged that such reprehensible research could have occurred under the guise of public health." 

Clinton and Sebelius offered a former apology saying, "We deeply regret it happened, and we apologize to all the individuals who were affected by such abhorrent research practices."

The statment also emphasized that the study does not represent the values of the U.S. and its great respect for the people of Guatemala, calling its citizens "close friends and neighbors of the Americas."

There are currently regulations that govern human medical research funded by the U.S. that prohibit violations such as the study in Guatemala.

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Friday
Oct012010

Army: Soldier's Parents Never Called Inspector General To Warn of Thrill Kills

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(FORT LEWIS, Wash.) -- After an internal investigation, the Army has issued a statement saying the parents of a soldier charged with murdering unarmed Afghans never called the Army's inspector general. The Army acknowledges Christopher and Emma Winfield did call several numbers at their son's Army base in the U.S., and had an extended conversation with someone at the base's command center, but says the Winfields failed to leave a message with the criminal investigations unit at the base.

The Winfields had claimed in an interview with ABC News that in February they warned the Army by phone that soldiers in their son Adam's unit were thrill-killing civilians. One of the murders with which Winfield and four other soldiers are now charged took place after the calls.

"The Army takes very seriously recent media reporting in which the father of Spc. Adam Winfield said he alerted the Army to allegations of crimes by Soldiers deployed to Afghanistan," said the Army's statement. "We have not yet found any evidence to indicate Mr. Winfield called the office of the Army's Inspector General."

"We examined the phone records of the Winfield family, with their consent. Based on this examination we have determined that another federal agency's Inspector General was called by mistake." The Winfields had claimed in their interview with ABC News that they called the Army Inspector General's office.

The Army also confirms, however, that the Winfields "called the headquarters at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, as media reports have stated."

A review of the Winfields' phone records by ABC News shows they called four different numbers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, including the command center, the main phone, the chapel and criminal investigations, also known as CID. CID is responsible for investigating alleged criminal acts by Army personnel.

In a follow-up statement to ABC News, Army spokesman Tom Collins said, "The evidence shows that he called several numbers on a Sunday. He spoke to one individual for approximately 12 minutes. He did call the Army Criminal Investigations Division, but he did not leave a message and did not follow a prompt to call the 24-hour MP desk."

Collins said the conversation Winfield had was with someone at the Lewis-McChord Command Center. He declined to discuss the specifics of that conversation because the matter is still under investigation.

Phone records also show that the Winfields called an investigations number at CIA headquarters in Virginia.

At the time of the alleged murders, Adam Winfield and the other soldiers were serving at Forward Operating Base Ramrod in southern Afghanistan. On a videotaped confession obtained by ABC News, one of the soldiers, Corporal Jeremy Morlock, described how his Sergeant, Calvin Gibbs, had the men in his unit pick out civilians at random and then kill them with grenades and rifle fire. 

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Friday
Oct012010

Middle East the Fastest-Growing Tourism Destination

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(DUBAI, United Arab Emirates) -- As a region, the Middle East is the fastest-growing tourism destination in the world, The Christian Science Monitor reports. So far this year, tourist arrivals to the region are up 20 percent over last year, topping Asia by six percent and Europe by 18 percent, according to figures from the United Nations' World Tourism Organization.

Tourism provided 36 percent of gross domestic product in Lebanon and remains the largest domestic source of revenue for Jordan.

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Friday
Oct012010

Two Killed in Attack Against NATO Supply Vehicle

Image Courtesy - ABC News(KHUZDAR, Pakistan) -- Two people were killed Friday in an attack on a vehicle transporting NATO supplies, police said. The attack occurred on the way to the southern border crossing that heads toward the Kandahar province of Afghanistan -- a crossing that has stayed open, while the much larger crossing in the north remains closed for the second straight day.

"If the NATO forces keep on entering into Pakistan and carrying out attacks, then [the] only option we have -- we should stop the movement of the containers," Defense Minister Chaudhry Ahmed Mukhtar warned.

In Brussels, Pakistani Ambassador Jalil Abbas Jilani lodged a formal protest at NATO over the cross-border attack that killed three Pakistani Frontier Corps troops.

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Friday
Oct012010

Nigerian Child Hostages Freed

Image Courtesy - ABC News(NIGERIA) -- A group of 15 children kidnapped after their school bus was hijacked by gunmen on Monday are now free, according to local authorities. The children were rescued during a police raid on a hideout outside of the city where they were captured. The kidnapping sparked nationwide outrage, with President Goodluck Jonathan ordering a federal manhunt. Authorites have told reporters that the children are unharmed and will be returned to their parents.

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Friday
Oct012010

Amanda Knox Has 'Lost Her Serenity' in Prison

Photo Courtesy - ABC News(PERUGIA, Italy) -- A worried looking Amanda Knox briefly left the Italian prison that has been her home for almost three years to attend a hearing Friday on charges that she slandered Italian police during her 2009 murder trial.

The prison van carrying Knox was driven straight into the basement of the courthouse in Perugia, Italy, where a throng of journalists, many American and British, waited to get a glimpse of her. But the hearing was behind closed doors, and journalists and the public were kept out.

One person who had access to the courthouse said Knox was in a small courtroom in the company of her lawyers, and looked pale and a little worried. Her boyish haircut had grown out somewhat, and she was crisply dressed in a white shirt and black pants.

A lawyer for Knox, Luciano Ghirga, said the prolonged legal battles are taking a toll on her. Besides facing the slander charge, she is bracing for an appeal next month of her murder conviction for the stabbing death of her British roommate Meredith Kercher in 2007.

Ghirga said his client "is worried about the upcoming appeal." He added, "She has lost her good cheer and her serenity." 

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Friday
Oct012010

New Bin Laden Tape Addresses Pakistani Floods

Photo Courtesy - ABC NewsOsama bin Laden released his first audio tape since March on Friday, calling for Muslim relief and charity in places like flood-ravaged Pakistan.

The new message comes despite a record number of drone attacks along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border targeting Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters. Both bin Laden and al Qaeda second-in-command Ayman Zawahiri are believed to be hiding in the mountainous border region.

The 11-minute message could not be immediately authenticated, but was released on a variety of known extremist websites with an old still photo of the al Qaeda leader. The message was largely addressed to Pakistani citizens affected by recent devastating floods.

Although there is no date referenced, the recent floods in Pakistan suggest the recording is no more than two months old.

In several recent messages, bin Laden has shifted slightly from militancy and addressed geopolitics, climate change and environmental disasters, seeking to appear as a humanitarian. His previous message, however, threatened the U.S. with violence if 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Muhammed is executed by the U.S. government.

Friday's tape is also the third in a series of recent al Qaeda messages focused on Pakistan and the flooding there. Al Qaeda number two Ayman al Zawahiri and American Adam Gadahn both released recent messages attacking the Pakistani governments' slow and ineffectual response to flooding in that country. The shift reveals al Qaeda's most recent strategy, which is stoking resentment inside Pakistan against the government there.

Although bin Laden doesn't directly threaten the West, the message comes after European and U.S. intelligence uncovered a terror plot personally requested by bin Laden.

According to European and American intelligence officials, bin Laden asked al Qaeda affiliates to attack England, France and Germany using a "Mumbai- style" attack aimed at "soft and economic" targets.

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