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No CIA flight requests found, official says

LONDON -- The British government has not received any requests from the United States to allow CIA flights carrying prisoners to stop in Britain, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said yesterday. News reports and the civil liberties group Liberty have claimed that 200 or more prisoner flights may have passed through British airports. The United States calls its practice of moving prisoners between countries ''extraordinary rendition." Meanwhile, Franco Frattini, the European Union justice and home affairs commissioner, said he asked for flight logs and satellite images to help the Council of Europe's investigation into allegations of CIA secret prisons and flights on European territory. (AP)


Mubarak demands review of elections

CAIRO -- President Hosni Mubarak demanded a review of Egypt's recently run parliamentary elections, which were marred by widespread violence, his spokesman said yesterday. Mubarak's remarks came during a ceremony in which he appointed 10 lawmakers -- including five women -- and urged newly elected legislators from his ruling National Democratic Party to achieve the political, economic, and social reforms promised in his election program. At least 10 people were killed and scores more injured during Egypt's monthlong elections, which ended last week. The violence flared after Egypt's banned Islamic movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, performed better than most expected, winning 88 seats compared to the 15 it held in the outgoing 454-member parliament. The National Democratic Party also won 311 seats. (AP)

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White House rules out Iran security guarantee

WASHINGTON -- The Bush administration is ruling out a guarantee not to attack Iran to induce it to halt development of nuclear weapons. Iran must first act like a responsible member of the international community and stop violating its agreements, State Department spokesman Adam Ereli said yesterday. Ereli's remarks appeared to dismiss a suggestion by Mohamed ElBaradei, the head of the UN International Atomic Energy Agency, who said yesterday in Stockholm that he believed the United States would need to give Iran a security guarantee before a final agreement could be reached on Iran's atomic programs. ElBaradei also said the United States would need to become more involved in stalled negotiations between Iran and the European Union aimed at persuading Iran to permanent freeze nuclear enrichment. (AP)


Riot police, protesters clash; several injured

PORT-AU-PRINCE -- Several people were injured yesterday when riot police in Haiti clashed with students protesting a visit by the president of neighboring Dominican Republic, witnesses said. The demonstrators, who gathered outside the presidential palace, called Dominican President Leonel Fernandez a criminal and demanded an end to abuse of Haitian migrants. ''The Haitian people cannot welcome Fernandez when Haitians are being killed and treated like animals in the Dominican Republic because of Fernandez's racist policy," said Jean Wilson Junior, a student leader. Human rights groups say Haitians who cross the border to the Dominican Republic looking for work have been attacked and killed by mobs and that Dominican authorities condone the behavior. (Reuters)


Nation's ninth bird flu fatality is confirmed

JAKARTA -- Indonesia has had its ninth human death due to bird flu confirmed by a Hong Kong laboratory affiliated with the World Health Organization, a senior Health Ministry official said today. ''We have received confirmation. [The death toll] is now nine," Hariadi Wibisono said about a man who died last month, making him the ninth confirmed death from the H5N1 strain of bird flu in Indonesia. (Reuters)

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