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Turkey to deploy troops to Lebanon
ANKARA, Turkey
Around 260 Turkish soldiers will join the international peacekeeping force in Lebanon next week, private NTV television reported yesterday.
A Turkish frigate will also depart today to join international naval forces, NTV said.
Turkish officials were not immediately available for comment.
An engineer company, composed of around 260 soldiers, was expected to fly to Lebanon from Ankara on Tuesday, NTV said. Turkey was not expected to offer more land forces, but is also contributing some navy ships.
Last month, Turkey's parliament approved sending soldiers to help monitor the shaky cease-fire between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas based in southern Lebanon, despite widespread public opposition.
Prison emergency
SACRAMENTO, California
California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency Wednesday in California's critically crowded prisons, a step that allows him to use his executive powers to ship inmates to other states.
The move comes five weeks after state lawmakers failed to act on a US$6 billion prison construction plan Schwarzenegger sought after calling a special session of the Legislature.
California has America's largest state prison population with 172,000 inmates. Its prison system is about 70 percent over capacity. Without swift action, the prisons will run out of bed space as early as June, according to the state Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation.
Convicted for torture
SAO PAULO, Brazil
Fourteen workers at a juvenile detention center were convicted and sentenced to up to 87 years in prison for beating inmates with iron bars and wood to find out who organized an escape attempt, court officials said Wednesday.
The 13 men and one woman were implicated in the torture sessions against 35 inmates - some of them minors - following an escape bid at the Raposo Tavares juvenile center in Sao Paulo in 2000.
Judge Marcos Zilli convicted and sentenced all the workers on September 13, but court officials only announced the decision on Wednesday, without giving an explanation for the delay.
The sentences against the 14 totaled more then 925 years in prison and two workers who had managerial positions at the time received 87 years each, the Sao Paulo state court said in a statement.
Israeli sentenced
JERUSALEM
The commander of an Israeli commercial ship that rammed a Japanese fishing boat, killing seven people, was sentenced to a year of community service in a plea bargain, an Israeli TV station reported.
The ship's second officer, Pilastro Zdravko, a citizen of Croatia, was in charge of the Zim Asia container ship when it crashed into the fishing boat on September 28, 2005, about 40 kilometers off the northern coast of Japan, killing seven of the eight men on the boat.
The prosecution accepted the plea bargain because Japanese witnesses were either unable or unwilling to come to Israel to testify in a trial, Channel 2 TV reported.
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Updated : 2021-05-10 02:00 GMT+08:00