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General News Archive - May 03, 2006

A White House bird flu "implementation plan" sets out detailed plans for closing schools in case of a pandemic, and asks businesses to let employees stay home without sanction, an official familiar with the plan said on Wednesday.

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - Torture and inhumane treatment are "widespread" in U.S.-run detention centers in Afghanistan, Iraq, Cuba and elsewhere despite Washington's denials, Amnesty International said on Wednesday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - All 113 people on an Armenian jet that crashed into the Black Sea off the Russian coast on Wednesday are presumed dead, the Russian Emergencies Ministry said. "According to preliminary information, all people on board are dead," a ministry spokeswoman said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fourteen male bodies with bullet holes and showing signs of torture were found in Baghdad on Wednesday, police said. The corpses, also blindfolded and bound, were found in the capital's Shaab district.

By Oliver Bullough MOSCOW (Reuters) - An Armenian airliner crashed into the Black Sea off the Russian coast in heavy rain on Wednesday, and all 113 passengers and crew on board were presumed killed, the Russian emergencies ministry said.

KABUL (Reuters) - Unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead a senior judge in the western Afghan province of Farah, the province's governor said on Wednesday. Shaikh Ahmad, the second most senior judge in the province, was killed on Tuesday evening.

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of men waiting to sign up to join the police force in the Iraqi city of Falluja and several people are feared dead, police said on Wednesday. No further details were immediately available.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The United States, Britain and France were set to brief the U.N. Security Council on Wednesday on their proposed resolution that would give Iran another chance to curb its nuclear program.

LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - Nineteen people were killed and 25 injured on Wednesday when a bus plunged into a dry river bed near the north Indian town of Rampur, 180 km (110 miles) east of New Delhi. Four of the injured were in a critical condition, a local official said.

FALLUJA, Iraq (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up among a crowd of men waiting to sign up to join the police force in the Iraqi city of Falluja, killing at least six people, doctors said on Wednesday. At least 25 people were also wounded. No further details were immediately available.