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3/29/06 World News in Lao: Nigeria Arrests Liberia's Charles Taylor, Will Deport Him


Nigeria-Liberia: Authorities in Nigeria say they have arrested Liberia's former president, Charles Taylor, and are sending him back to his homeland to face war-crimes charges. The former Liberian leader's mysterious disappearance had been reported just 24 hours earlier. A Nigerian national police spokesman says he was detained early today (Wednesday) while apparently trying to flee across into Cameroon. In Abuja (the capital), senior Nigerian government officials say Taylor will be repatriated immediately.

Thailand-Hmong: Authorities in Thailand say they may have found the bodies of a group of Hmong people, including at least one American citizen, reported missing earlier this month. Officials say the bodies were found by villagers in the northern Thailand town of Pai. Reports from Thailand say some of those missing may be relatives of the Hmong-American who was reported missing in early March. A mountain-dwelling ethnic group, most Hmong come from Laos.

Israel: Israeli acting Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has declared victory in Tuesday's election and pledged to pursue a plan to set the country's final border with the Palestinians. With votes from nearly all polling stations counted, Mr. Olmert's Kadima party has won 28 seats in the 120-seat parliament -- apparently enough to try to form a governing coalition. The Labor party came second with 20 seats and the right-wing Likud party won only 11 seats.

Philippine Estrada:Former Philippine President
Joseph Estrada is testifying for the second time at his five-year old graft trial. Mr. Estrada told the (Sandiganbayan) anti-graft court in suburban Manila today (Wednesday) that he had no knowledge of documents submitted by the prosecution showing he had received kickbacks from excise taxes.

France Strike: More than one million people marched through French cities Tuesday during a day-long general strike against a new law making it easier for companies to fire young workers.

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