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12/25/05 World News: Libyan Court Overturns Death Senences in AIDS Case


Libya's supreme court has overturned the death sentences against five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor accused of infecting Libyan children with the AIDS virus.
The supreme court's presiding judge today (Sunday) ordered a lower court to retry the case, saying there were "irregularities" in the arrest and interrogation of the defendants.
The six medical workers were arrested in 1999 and sentenced to death in 2004 on charges of knowingly infecting more than 400 Libyan children with the AIDS virus.

Christians around the world are celebrating Christmas (today/Sunday).
Thousands gathered in Vatican City as Pope Benedict celebrated his first Christmas Midnight Mass as pontiff. During the ceremony in St. Peter's Basilica, he made a plea for peace in the Middle East.
In Bethlehem, thousands of pilgrims packed the West Bank town for Christmas celebrations. Palestinian schoolchildren played music as they marched through Manger Square to the Church of the Nativity, revered by Christians as the birthplace of Jesus. Security forces in Indonesia are on guard to prevent attacks as Christians in the mostly Muslim country celebrate Christmas.

Security forces in Indonesia are on guard to prevent attacks as Christians in the mostly Muslim country celebrate Christmas.
Sixty-one-thousand security personnel are protecting churches and other possible terrorist targets. Seventeen-thousand security officers are on duty in Jakarta, some dressed like Santa Claus.
Officials are concerned that the Islamist extremist group, Jemaah Islamiyah, might use the Christmas and New Year holiday period to retaliate for Indonesia's killing of the group's bomb-making expert (Azahari Husin) last month.

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