Lobbyist Abramoff gets 4 more years Disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff was sentenced on Thursday to serve four more years in prison in a corruption scandal that rocked Washington's power elite and helped Republicans lose control of Congress. Abramoff is already serving a nearly six-year term on unrelated charges and the new sentence will be served at the same time.
WASHINGTON - Reuters
Slovenia warns Finland over deal
Slovenian Defence Minister Karl Erjavec warned that he will "freeze" a 402-million-dollar deal with Finnish defence company Patria if it fails to give details of a bribery investigation in Finland. "I requested clear explanations from Patria on why their people were detained," he said. Patria is being investigated by Finnish police over allegations it bribed officials to win contracts in Egypt and Slovenia.
LJUBLJANA - Agence France-Presse
Venezuela takes over fuel transport
Lawmakers loyal to President Hugo Chavez gave final approval on Thursday to a bill allowing the Venezuelan government to seize total control of the nation's fuel distribution. Under the law, distributors including subsidiaries of British Petroleum, Exxon Mobil Corp. and Chevron Corp., will have 60 days to negotiate the sale of their businesses to the government or face expropriation.
CCAS - The Associated Press
New China mine blast kills 10
A gas explosion at a coal mine in southwest China on Friday killed 10 people and left eight missing, state media reported. The blast occurred early in the morning at a mine in Jiuqing, Sichuan province, when 44 miners were working underground, Xinhua news agency said. Only 26 had emerged from the pit, and rescuers were still searching for the missing, the agency said.
BEIJING - Reuters
Nigeria sets up peace committee
Nigeria has set up a 40-member technical committee on peace talks to end the crisis in the oil-rich Niger Delta, the government said Friday. The committee, headed by former finance minister Kalu Idika Kalu will be sworn in on Monday by Vice President Goodluck Jonathan. The committee would review and distil all reports and come up with recommendations.
LAGOS - Agence France-Presse
Scores still trapped by India floods
Rescue workers in flood-hit northern India have brought over 800,000 people to safety, but tens of thousands more are still believed to be trapped, officials said Friday. Large swathes of the already impoverished state of Bihar were flooded after defenses upstream in Nepal broke, shifting the flow of the Kosi river away from its normal course and onto farmland.