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US court closes world's last juvenile death row
The US Supreme Court today abolished the death penalty for juveniles, an important victory for opponents of capital punishment in the only country that gave official sanction to such executions. ...  | Read.. 
 
EU in lavish smoking war
Europe's health chief unveiled a lavish campaign today to stamp out smoking across the EU and reduce the hundreds of thousands of deaths each year that are blamed on consumi ...  | Read.. 
 
Beirut crisis
US secretary of state Condoleezza Rice today offered to help Lebanon hold free, fair elections and hinted at the possibility of international security assistance if neighbour ...  | Read.. 
 
Asylum levels fall sharply in rich nations
The number of people seeking asylum in richer countries dropped sharply for the third year in a row in 2004, hitting the lowest levels in 16 years, the UN refugee agency UNHC ...  | Read.. 
 
Nicole Ritchie at the Soul Train Music Awards in Hollywood. (Reuters)
French hostage in Iraq pleads for help
Kidnapped French journalist Florence Aubenas, taken hostage with her driver in Baghdad more than se..  | Read.. 
340 flee burning Pak plane in UK
About 340 passengers have fled a plane at Manchester airport amid fears that the undercarriage ..  | Read.. 
 
UK buying drugs to battle flu
Britain said today it was buying 14.6 million courses of th ...  | Read..