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Iraqi forces battle Shiite militiamen
BAGHDAD, Iraq
Iraqi police and soldiers fought Shiite militiamen who assaulted the police headquarters and provincial buildings with rocket-propelled grenades in the southern city of Samawah yesterday, authorities said. At least five police have been killed since the fighting began on Friday.
Northeast of Baghdad, a suicide bomber killed at least seven policemen and wounded 30 others at a police station in Muqdadiyah, police said. Insurgents then launched six mortar rounds at the station.
Two roadside bombs exploded yesterday in Khanaqin, police said. The coordinated attacks wounded 18 civilians, some seriously.
EU constitution
BERLIN, Germany
European Commission President Jose Manuel Barroso said yesterday he did not think the current European Union constitution had any chance of coming into effect.
In an interview with Bild am Sonntag newspaper, Barroso said he believed Germany could take important steps to quickly improve the union's ability to make decisions.
"I want to give you an honest answer: the EU constitution in its current form will not come into effect," Barosso said when asked about the chances of saving the constitution rejected by French and Dutch voters in 2005. "We should not fool ourselves."
Women jailed for rape
KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait
A Kuwaiti court has sentenced two women to seven years in jail each for kidnapping a man and forcing him to have sex with them, a local daily reported yesterday.
The two women were convicted of raping the man by forcing him to have sex against his will, Al-Rai newspaper said, without providing their names or that of their victim.
They were also found guilty of beating the man.The daily said that a lower court had initially sentenced the two women to 15 years in jail each, but the appeals court on Saturday reduced the sentence to seven years.
Trump vs. Palm Beach
PALM BEACH, Florida
Donald Trump is suing this oceanside town for US$10 million after being cited for flying a U.S. flag over his Mar-a-Lago Club.
Attorneys for the club filed a complaint Thursday, saying that flying the flag is a constitutionally protected expression of free speech.
Town officials said Trump violated zoning codes when the lavish club hoisted a 4.5-by-7.5-meter flag atop a 24-meter pole on October 3. The citation was for having a flagpole taller than 12.6 meters, for not obtaining a building permit and for not getting permission from the landmarks board.


Updated : 2021-01-16 15:58 GMT+08:00