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Canada: Today Kosovo, Tomorrow Quebec?

By Prensa Latina

Ottawa : Canada faces the conundrum Wednesday whether it can follow the rapid US, Britain and France recognition of Kosovo's unilateral declaration of independence without fueling separatist wishes among key sectors in Quebec.

Recent polls reveal that half of Quebec's seven million citizens wish to become independent from Canada.

Foreign Minister Maxime Bernier said they are studying Sunday's announcement, but provincial co-governing PQ (Quebec Party) has warned it will follow Kosovo if Canada supports that declaration of independence.

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Two F-15s crash, one pilot dead

By DPA

Washington : A US pilot died after two F-15s crashed during training exercises over the Gulf of Mexico, the US Air Force said.

The pilot of the second fighter jet was listed in good condition at a hospital Eglin Air Force Base, Florida, according to a statement released by the base Wednesday.

The two F-15C Eagles that were part of the 33rd Fighter Wing of the US Air Force based at Eglin went missing at about 3 p.m., and a search and rescue mission was launched by the military and US Coast Guard.

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Britain's former spy chief denies plot to kill Diana

By Xinhua

London : Richard Dearlove, former head of MI6 (Secret Intelligence Service) of Britain, has denied that the secret service killed Diana, Princess of Wales.

Dearlove, who had worked for MI6 in various roles between 1966 until his retirement in 2004 as its chief, attended Diana's inquest Wednesday in a rare exception to the cardinal principle within the intelligence services never to comment on any allegations made against it, Sky News reported.

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Surge of intellectual property rights cases in China

By Xinhua

Jinan (China) : China has seen a surge in foreign-related intellectual property rights (IPR) court cases since joining the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in 2001.

Domestic courts nationwide tried and concluded 668 such cases in first instance last year, compared with only 43 in 2001, said officials attending a national court conference in Jinan, capital of Shandong Province Wednesday.

Local courts concluded 1,634 such cases in first instance during the period, an annual growth of 58 percent.

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US not to build new military bases in Africa: Bush

By Xinhua

Lagos : US President George W. Bush has said that the purpose of the new Africa Command (Africom) was not to build new military bases, the News Agency of Nigeria reported.

"We do not contemplate adding new bases, in other words the purpose of this is not to add military bases," Bush was quoted as saying Wednesday at a news conference in Accra, the capital of Ghana, during his fourth leg of five-nation African tour.

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Pilot killed after 2 U.S. fighter planes crash near Florida

By Xinhua

Washington : A pilot was killed after two U.S. F-15 fighter planes crashed into the Gulf of Mexico near Florida, the Air Force said Wednesday.

The two pilots were ejected and later were rescued. The Air Force said one of them has died, and the other pilot is in good condition.

The jets were on a training mission when they crashed in the air over the Gulf of Mexico, about 80 km from Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

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US shoots down rogue satellite over Pacific

By DPA

Washington : The US Navy has successfully hit a falling spy satellite with a missile fired by a warship in the Pacific Ocean, a Pentagon spokesman confirmed.

The US targeted the satellite because it carries a toxic fuel that could be harmful if the spacecraft drifted back into Earth's atmosphere and the fuel tank fell into a populated area.

The USS Lake Erie near Hawaii fired an unarmed missile at 10:26 p.m. Wednesday that collided at a speed of 27,000 km per hour with the satellite 247 km above the Pacific.

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Wounded East Timor president out of coma

By DPA

Sydney : East Timor President Jose Ramos-Horta is out of an induced coma and is talking to family members at his bedside, a spokesman said Thursday.

The Nobel peace laureate and former prime minister survived an assassination attempt 11 days ago in the East Timor capital Dili.

Ramos-Horta, 58, was evacuated to Darwin in the far north of Australia after the botched coup, in which rebel leader Major Alfredo Reinado was killed.

Prime Minister Xanana Gusmao escaped uninjured when renegade soldiers linked to Reinado fired on his car.

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Tamil separatists hail Kosovo's independence declaration

By P.K. Balachandran, IANS

Colombo : Separatist Sri Lankan Tamils have hailed the emergence of an independent Kosovo with Western support, saying it augurs well for the liberation of "oppressed" minorities like the Tamils of northeast Sri Lanka.

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What you must do before you abandon your PC

By Jay Dougherty, DPA

Washington : If you've been using a computer for some time and need to abandon it - either because you're leaving a job or moving to another machine - you need to be concerned about security. Simply put, once you're gone, a lot of information can be retrieved about you just by inspecting the digital traces you leave behind.

So before you say goodbye to a PC, follow this list of to-do items to ensure that no one gains information about you that they do not need to know.

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