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Friday, May 18, 2007

The Week in review plus weekend news

Weekend Top Stories:
[Ethiopian nanny at centre of alleged human trafficking case] - [Three Swedes freed from Ethiopia] - [Ethiopia: 1 000 insurgents killed in Mogadishu clashes] and more of the weekend's top stories!

The Week in Review

TOP STORIES FROM THE PAST WEEK__________________________________


A senior Italian envoy has visited Somali's war-scarred capital Mogadishu, urging Ethiopian troops to withdraw and make way for peacekeeping by a strengthened African Union mission.

Italian Deputy Foreign Affairs Minister Patrizia Sentinelli also urged rival Somali factions to turn a relative lull after weeks of fighting into a ceasefire and attend a reconciliation conference on June 14.(More...)

Also see:
-Italy presses Ethiopia to pull out troops from Somalia

Three Swedes freed from Ethiopia

Three Swedish men have been released by Ethiopia after being detained for five months on suspicion of helping Islamist militants in Somalia.

A spokeswoman for Sweden's foreign ministry said the three men, who were originally arrested in Somalia, were now back in Sweden. Spokeswoman Nina Ersman said the three had not been charged with any offence.(More...)

Ethiopia: 1 000 insurgents killed in Mogadishu clashes

Ethiopia said on Saturday its troops backing Somali government forces killed nearly 1 000 insurgents in Mogadishu in March and April during some of the heaviest clashes in the city's bloody history.

"[About 200 to 300 al-Shabaab fighters [Somali insurgents] and other extremists died in the fighting in late March and more than 600 in the fighting that ended on April 26," the Ethiopian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.(More...)

Ethiopian nanny at centre of alleged human trafficking case

MONTREAL (CP) - It was during the few occasions an Ethiopian nanny was allowed to leave the home where she worked around the clock that people began to take notice that something just wasn't right.

If not for those anonymous tipsters, the RCMP believes the 29-year-old woman would still be in the slaving away in the Montreal-area home today. "She was essentially a prisoner," RCMP spokeswoman Magdala Turpin told reporters on Friday.(More...)

JFK bullets suggest another shooter, researchers say

New article in 'the Annals of Applied Statistics' written by former FBI lab metallurgist A. Tobin challenges old explanation

WASHINGTON — In a collision of 21st-century science and decades-old conspiracy theories, a research team that includes a former top FBI scientist is challenging the bullet analysis used by the government to conclude that Lee Harvey Oswald alone shot the two bullets that struck and killed President John F. Kennedy in 1963.

The "evidence used to rule out a second assassin is fundamentally flawed," concludes a new article in the Annals of Applied Statistics written by former FBI lab metallurgist William A. Tobin and Texas A&M University researchers Cliff Spiegelman and William D. James.

The researchers' re-analysis involved new statistical calculations and a modern chemical analysis of bullets from the same batch Oswald is purported to have used. They reached no conclusion about whether more than one gunman was involved, but urged that authorities conduct a new and complete forensic re-analysis of the five bullet fragments left from the assassination in Dallas.(More...)

Also see:
-Experts question Kennedy lone-assassin theory
-Bullet Evidence Challenges Findings In JFK Assassination
-Researchers Urge New Look At JFK Evidence
-Study finds second shooter possible in JFK assassination