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USA: Senator Ted Stevens Convicted for Deceiving Public

Senator Ted Stevens (Republican-Alaska) is convicted on seven felony counts for hiding more than US$250,000 in gifts received from an oil executive while in office. Stevens is locked in a tight re-election battle that now looks likely to go to the Democrats. We round up the coverage for you here: The AP has the overview…

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Croatia: Zagreb Car Bomb Kills Journalist

The BBC reports on a bomb planted under the car of Ivo Pukanic, the owner of a leading daily paper. Zagreb has been plagued by violence linked to organized crime. BBC: A car bomb in the Croatian capital Zagreb has killed Ivo Pukanic, the owner of a leading weekly newspaper, and his colleague. Mr Pukanic,…

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China Photographs All Internet Cafe Customers

China now requires all internet cafe users to be photographed, as new restrictions on expression are slamming into place after a more permissive Olympic summer. Internet users have been required to register with cafe patrons for some time. The Australian: The Times searched for online comments on the rules but was unable to find any…

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Bulgaria: Politicians Entangled with Local Mafia

Bulgaria is not only the European Union’s poorest nation but The New York Times suggests it is also Europe’s most corrupt. Business alliances blur the line between the nation’s politicians, its economic elite and the “mutri” — mobs of men wearing black. Guidebooks even warn tourists to stay away from restaurants frequented by businessmen, especially…

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