canadaOTTAWA - US soldiers who have deserted the military because of the war in Iraq should be allowed to stay permanently in Canada, the House of Commons voted in a nonbinding motion yesterday. The three opposition parties, which together hold a majority of seats in the House, backed a motion that said the government should allow conscientious objectors and their families "who have refused or left military service related to a war not sanctioned by the United Nations" to stay in Canada. Canada was a haven for tens of thousands of draft dodgers during the Vietnam War and has attracted an estimated 175 to 200 Americans who are resisting the Iraq conflict. (Reuters)
south koreaGates supports Pyongyang talks
SEOUL - Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates said yesterday that despite intelligence allegedly showing that North Korea aided Syria in developing a nuclear facility, the United States would continue six-party talks with the communist regime over its nuclear program. Gates called North Korea a "serious adversary," but he said he knew of no evidence it was sharing nuclear capabilities with other countries besides Syria. The talks were the best way to confront the regime on proliferation issues, he said. (Los Angeles Times)
swedenPress group decries UN council's acts
GOTHENBURG - A world congress of newspapers condemned the UN Human Rights Council yesterday, saying it has repeatedly sought to undermine freedom of the press to protect religious sensibilities. The council's "proper role is to defend freedom of expression and not to support the censorship of opinion at the request of autocracies," said a resolution adopted by the World Association of Newspapers and World Editors Forum. The UN General Assembly formed the Geneva-based Human Rights Council in 2006. (AP)
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