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|October 16-22, 2008
Christmas stogies for the troops
On Oct. 15, 23, and 29, Fuller’s Griffin Cigar Bar at the Millennium Harvest House hotel is celebrating Havana Nights to raise funds to provide Christmas stogies for overseas troops. The celebration will take place from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at 1345 28th St., Boulder, and will include free food and cigar specials as well as cigar rolling demonstrations by master Cuban cigar roller, Clay Carlton. Serving as a kick off to the holiday campaign Cigars to the Troops, the event is a chance for patrons to purchase cigars that will be sent directly to the troops and include a handwritten note or give donations to the nonprofit which provides up to 10,000 cigars to overseas troops each month. For more information, call 303-443-3850 or visit www.millenniumhotels.com/boulder or www.cttt.org.
Apologies for tainted milk
BEIJING — China’s three leading dairy companies have apologized for their involvement in the ongoing melamine-tainted milk crisis, the China Daily newspaper has reported.
According to official statistics, over 50,000 people — the overwhelming majority of them children — have been affected by toxic milk products in China since the first cases of melamine poisoning were reported in early September.
Four children have so far died as a result of tainted milk powder, and over 10,000 children are currently being treated in hospital.
Executives from Mengniu, Bright Dairy and Yili admitted during the Dialogue talk show to “problems and mistakes” made by their respective companies.
Journalist on wanted list
DUSHANBE, Tajikistan — Tajikistan’s top prosecutor pledged to bring to justice a foreign-based opposition journalist over calls to overthrow the government of the ex-Soviet republic.
“Sooner or later he will face justice,” Bobodzhon Bobokhonov told a news conference.
The Tajik prosecutor general’s office brought criminal charges against Dododzhon Atovullayev, 53, and put him on the country’s wanted list at the Tajik Interior Ministry’s request in September.
The republic’s organized crime department accused Atovullayev, the editor-in-chief of the Charogi Ruz (Daylight) newspaper and leader of the Vatandor (Patriot) opposition movement, of “libeling the country’s president and government members and urging the overthrow of the constitutional order.”
Nuclear power plant closure delayed
VILNIUS, Lithuania — A referendum to postpone the closure of Lithuania’s only nuclear power plant until 2012 has failed to reach the required turnout of 50 percent, the country’s Central Election Commission said.
Only 47.6 percent of voters cast their vote during a nationwide referendum on extending the life of the Soviet-era nuclear power station, which provides 70 percent of Lithuania’s electricity. Some 88.7 percent of the voters that did turn out supported the decision.
The Ignalina nuclear power plant is of a similar design to the power plant that exploded in 1986 at Chernobyl in the Ukraine.
Lithuania decommissioned the Ignalina plant’s first power-generating unit in 2004 as part of a deal to join the European Union, and pledged to shut down the second reactor by late 2009, in line with EU nuclear safety requirements.
The replacement for Ignalina, due to be built as part of a $3 to $4 billion joint project with Poland, Estonia and Latvia is unlikely to be ready before 2015. Lithuania is reluctant to close the plant and increase its reliance on Russia for energy before its replacement can be commissioned.
Thailand riots leave two dead
JAKARTA, Indonesia — At least two people were killed and 443 others injured in violent clashes between anti-government protesters and police in central Bangkok, the Nation newspaper reported.
The turmoil started on Oct. 6 after police used tear gas and force to disperse around 5,000 protesters who were trying to prevent an address by the country’s new premier, Somchai Wongsawat, to parliament.
Some 82 people, who were “stabbed, shot and crushed by a truck driven by protesters” were hospitalized, the newspaper said, citing health officials. One man died when a car bomb went off in front of the Chart Thai Party headquarters, several meters from the parliament.
Deputy Prime Minister Chavalit Yongchaiyudh, the government’s chief negotiator with the opposition party, People’s Alliance for Democracy (PAD), tendered his resignation after accepting responsibility for the violence.
In his letter of resignation, he said: “Since this action did not achieve what I planned, I want to show my responsibility for this operation.”
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