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Interim government issues arrest warrant for deposed Tunisian president

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International warrant issued for ex-leader

A standoff between more than 1,000 street protesters and authorities in the capital city of Tunis deepened Wednesday as officials first promised and then postponed a reshuffling of the interim government that has been clinging to power since the ouster Jan. 14 of the former dictator, Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Meanwhile, Justice Minister Lazhar Karoui Chebbi, one of Ben Ali's former lieutenants, said the government issued an international arrest warrant for the former president and six family members on charges of corruption and enriching themselves at public expense, with Swiss authorities freezing more than $10 million and Interpol issuing a global alert.

ohio

Execution use of sedative opposed

Pentobarbital-maker Lundbeck, the sole U.S. manufacturer of a sedative the state plans to use to execute death row inmates — and that Oklahoma already uses — said it opposes the practice and has asked both states to stop using the drug. Pentobarbital is a barbiturate used to induce comas during surgeries to prevent brain damage when blood flow is interrupted, and to reduce possible brain damage following strokes or head trauma. It is chemically related to the same product used to euthanize pets.

indianapolis

Officer shot in weekend stop dies

Officer David Moore, 29, shot twice in the face during a traffic stop, was declared brain-dead, the city's first fatal police shooting in seven years. Moore had been in a coma since Sunday's shooting, which police blame on a career criminal, Thomas Hardy, 60, who Indiana correction officials say was erroneously released from jail in December.

ISRAEL

Four charged with killing U.S. tourist

Four Palestinian men were arrested and charged in the December stabbing death of American tourist Kristine Luken, 44. Police alleged the men were part of a larger cell that planned and carried out several attacks on hikers in the hills around Jerusalem and the West Bank, and the motive was to avenge the assassination of a top Hamas militant, Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, in January 2010 in Dubai.

Elsewhere

Colombia: An explosion likely caused by a methane gas buildup ripped through an underground coal mine during a shift change, killing 21 workers.

Oklahoma: A criminal investigation reviewing activities at the Oklahoma City-based Feed the Children charity during the tenure of its founder, Larry Jones, is under way, according to documents filed by the state Attorney General's office.

Washington: Federal health officials are investigating a possible link between breast implants and a rare form of cancer known as anaplastic large cell lymphoma.

Washington: Rep. Dennis Kucinich, D-Ohio, is suing a congressional cafeteria for $150,000 in dental damage he says he suffered after biting into an olive pit in a sandwich wrap he bought.

Times wires

Interim government issues arrest warrant for deposed Tunisian president 01/26/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, January 26, 2011 10:19pm]
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