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2005-11-07 06:12:28

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will leave for a three-day visit to Kenya on Tuesday in pursuit of a controversial deal for African animals to stock a safari park in his home town. "They have plenty of animals that they want to give us in exchange for various Thai technical assistance programs," said a senior government official, who declined to be named. "But they don't want big publicity on this due to fears of strong protests from environmentalists," the...

2005-10-21 08:45:48

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - A small Asian boy frantically laces up his soccer boots at the entrance to one of London's most notorious housing estates on a sunny October morning. His mother, wearing a Muslim headscarf, stands nearby, leaning against a sign that says "Welcome" in 15 languages. The sign is a greeting to the once-shunned Broadwater Farm, where a policeman was hacked to death 20 years ago during a riot between the mostly black community and the police. Since then,...

2005-08-09 06:46:42

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Jailed Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has broken his eight-week-old hunger strike after calls by family and friends concerned about his deteriorating health, a judiciary spokesman said on Tuesday. "Thankfully his condition is better than before ... He has recently broken his hunger strike," he said. "It seems that this was due to the requests made by other people for him to end his hunger strike." Ganji's plight has provoked comments of outrage and concern from the...

2005-08-02 08:35:49

TEHRAN (Reuters) - A gunman on a motorcycle shot dead the judge trying the case of Iranian dissident Akbar Ganji, judiciary spokesman Jamal Karimirad said on Tuesday. "Massoud Moghaddas...was shot and martyred leaving the court building," he told Reuters. "We do not know anything about the identity of the assassin." State television said Moghaddas was Tehran's deputy prosecutor. He had been presiding over the case of Ganji, a journalist who was imprisoned in 2001 following a string of...

2005-07-28 09:23:54

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani called on Thursday for the release of jailed journalist Akbar Ganji, whose family says has been on hunger strike for over six weeks, the official IRNA news agency said. Ganji, an outspoken critic of the Islamic state's clerical leadership, was jailed in 2001 following a series of articles he wrote linking officials to the murder of political dissidents. A former hardline Revolutionary Guard turned radical reformer, Ganji...