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Snow havoc in China causes $7.5 billion loss

By Xinhua

Beijing : The heavy snow that hit China's central and southern regions over the past three weeks has caused economic loss of about 53.9 billion yuan ($7.5 billion), the Ministry of Civil Affairs said Friday.

The worst snow in five decades has so far killed 60 and forced more than one million people to relocate. More than 200,000 houses were destroyed and another 800,000 were damaged in heavy snow, said Zou Ming, deputy director of the ministry's disaster-relief department.

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China formally charges dissident with subversion

By DPA

Beijing : China has formally charged a well-known dissident with subversion, despite appeals from the European Union (EU) and the US for his release, a rights group said Friday.

The family of Hu Jia was told that prosecutors had decided to charge him with "inciting subversion of state power", Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said.

The state prosecutors notified the family in writing Wednesday, just two days before the statutory limit for detention without charge, the group said.

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UN chief in Kenya for mediation

By Xinhua

Nairobi : UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon arrived here Friday to help in bolstering the 53-member African Union (AU) mediated talks between Kenya's feuding parties.

Ban, who reached Nairobi from the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa after attending the AU summit Thursday, has called on the Kenyan people to "stop the killings and end the violence now, before it is too late".

He said his visit was to give full support to the Panel of Eminent African Persons, led by former UN secretary general Kofi Annan, who is trying to resolve the Kenyan crisis.

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Zimbabwe Rejects Mercenary's Appeal

By Prensa Latina

Harare : Zimbabwe's Supreme Court rejected on Thursday British mercenary Simon Mann's appeal and at the same time approved his extradition to Ecuatorial Guinea.

Mann will have to face charges for planning and attempting a Coup d ó etat in 2004 against President Teodoro Obiang Nguema.

The ex member of a government specialized force in the United Kingdom was captured on March 2004 in that capital when landing with a plane loaded with 61 mercenaries and military equipment.

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N Korea, China for Nukeless Peninsula

By Prensa Latina

Beijing : The leader of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Kim Jong Il reiterated his commitment to denuclearization of the peninsula and said all parties must fulfill the agreement, reported the Chinese agency Xinhua.

In a communique from Pyongyang the agency released the interview between Kim and the International Department's chief of the China Communist party (PCCH), Wang Jiarui, who is visiting this capital.

The position of the PDRK regarding the six-way talks remains unchanged, the North Korean leader said to the Chinese official.

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Sieged Sri Lanka Rebels Seek UN Aid

By Prensa Latina

Colombo : The Sri Lankan insurgency asked the UN on Thursday to recognize the sovereignty of the Tamil nation, amid the fierce offensive of the Army in the northern part of the country, the last bastion of the separatist rebels.

The appeal of the Tigers for the Liberation of Tamil Eelam came after the announcement of the government that it broke the rebel defense line, destroyed 35 bunkers and killed dozens of its militants in north Sri Lanka.

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Denmark to Query US on Secret Flights

By Prensa Latina

Copenhagen : Denmark's Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen promised on Thursday to demand an explanation from the United States for alleged secret CIA flights using Danish airspace and airports in transit.

However, the head of the government rejected an independent inquiry, as demanded by the opposition in response to a DR1 TV documentary denouncing the use of a Danish airport in southern Greenland for CIA illegal rendition flights.

According to Rasmussen, his Cabinet never permitted or took part in operations violating international regulations.

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Berlin public transportation workers to hold 39-hour warning strike

By IRNA

Berlin : Berlin public transportation employees are to hold a 39-hour warning strike effective midnight Thursday, media reports quoted union officials as saying.

Berlin's subways, busses, trams and municipal trains will be out of service as some 12,000 BVG public transportation workers will stage a walkout over demands for a 12 percent salary hike.

Most residents of Berlin as well as sightseeing foreign tourists depend heavily on the BVG to get around the city.

Germany had been the scene of repeated nationwide railway strikes over the past months.

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German FM hails Colombia's ratification of nuclear test ban treaty

By IRNA

Berlin : German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier here Thursday hailed Colombia's sudden ratification of the nuclear Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).

In a press statement, Steinmeier welcomed Colombia's signing of the nuclear test ban treaty (CTBT), slashing the number of countries still needed for the treaty's entry into force to nine.

The minister urged all countries which have yet to endorse the treaty, to sign the CTBT as soon as possible.

Among the holdouts are the United States, Israel, China, India, Pakistan, and North Korea.

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Over 41 million Germans use Internet: survey

By IRNA

Berlin : More than 41 million people, older than 14 years, have used the Internet during the third quarter of 2007, said a study released Thursday by the Frankfurt-based AGOF online research group.

Some 41,3 million Germans went online at least once during the third quarter of last year.

People between 14 and 29 years are the most active Internet users in Germany as 92.9 percent of them go online.

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