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General News Archive - January 12, 2006

By Yereth Rosen ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) - The U.S. government paved the way on Wednesday for oil drilling in an Alaskan region used by migrating caribou and birds, three weeks after Congress blocked energy development in the nearby Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Doctors could end Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's sedation on Thursday in the boldest bid yet to rouse him from an induced coma and assess brain damage caused by a massive stroke, medical sources said.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Doctors could end Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's sedation on Thursday in the boldest bid yet to rouse him from an induced coma and assess brain damage caused by a massive stroke, medical sources said.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish jail on Thursday escorted by police. Turkish media said he was being taken to a military recruitment center for medical checks prior to doing his compulsory military service.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison on Thursday and immediately taken in handcuffs to a military recruitment office.

By Louis Charbonneau BERLIN (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany meet on Thursday to discuss Iran's nuclear programme and EU diplomats said the trio would call for Tehran to be hauled before the U.N. Security Council.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel will couple criticism of the U.S. prison in Guantanamo Bay with a vow to do more to help stabilize Iraq when she meets President George W. Bush on Friday, a senior German diplomat said.

Mehmet Ali Agca, the man who shot and seriously wounded Pope John Paul II in 1981, was released from a Turkish prison on Thursday and immediately taken in handcuffs to a military recruitment office.

LONDON (Reuters) - Former Syrian vice president Abdel-Halim Khaddam has accused President Bashar al-Assad of ordering the killing of former Lebanese prime minister Rafik al-Hariri.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Unidentified armed men have kidnapped four foreign oil workers including an American and a Briton from an offshore oilfield in Nigeria operated by Royal Dutch Shell, authorities said on Thursday.

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