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By Compiled from wire service reports by Ross Atkin / August 1, 2008



Former Bosnian Serb leader Radovan Karadzic said he would like more time to study genocide charges against him before entering a plea, when he appeared in court for the first time on Thursday at The Hague. Under court rules he is allowed 30 days to decide how to plead. If he refuses to enter a plea then, a plea of not guilty is entered for him.

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The wife of ousted Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra was found guilty Thursday of evading millions of dollars in taxes and sentenced to three years in prison, dealing a staggering blow to a man who was once one of the richest and most powerful in Thailand. The ruling against Pojaman Shinawatra is the first verdict in several corruption lawsuits against Thaksin and his inner circle. He was ousted in a 2006 military coup.

An e-mail warning of a bomb planted at a New Delhi market was received Thursday by the Japanese Embassy in India's capital. The warning came just days after 29 explosions shook two Indian cities, killing at least 43 people and wounding scores. An e-mail warning preceded most of those bombings.

Palestinian security forces arrested 15 Hamas activists, including four university lecturers, in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, in the latest sweep by Fatah against the Islamist group, witnesses said. Tensions between the factions spiked after a series of deadly bombings last week in the Gaza Strip, which Hamas seized from rival Fatah forces a year ago.

A Nigerian court on Thursday ordered the government to halt a planned hand over to neighboring Cameroon of a disputed peninsula believed rich in oil. Nigeria intended to comply with a 2002 international court ruling that says the Bakassi peninsula should formally be ceded to Cameroon. The countries nearly went to war in the 1990s over the peninsula, which is thought to have potential energy reserves since it lies on the oil-rich Gulf of Guinea.

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