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China's second wives

REPORT : Second wives are relatively common in China and are often looked down upon by society. Forbidden under Chairman Mao, the practice of having concubines is once again becoming popular among the upper class.

Israel denies Gaza attack responsibility

The father of four children killed in Gaza is rejecting denials from Israel that it was responsible.

Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has expressed deep sorrow, but says the Hamas tactic of launching rocket barrages from densely populated areas is to blame.


Ahmed Abu Meg-teg lost four children and his wife as his house in the Gaza Strip was torn apart by a huge explosion.

He described to Al Jazeera, what happened.

However, Israel has a different version of events. David Chater has been trying to piece together what really happened in Beit Hanoun.

Obama's former pastor speaks out to media

Senator Barack Obama's longtime pastor says the outcry of criticism surrounding his controversial sermons is an attack on the black church. Rev. Jeremiah Wright addressed the Washington media today. He said the black church is merely misunderstood by the dominant culture in the U.S. Wright also rejected those who labeled him unpatriotic, saying he served six years in the military. Video clips of Wright's sermons have circulated on TV and the Internet and affected Obama's campaign.

Children killed in Israeli shelling

Four siblings and their mother have been killed in an Israeli raid in Beit Hanoun, northern Gaza.

An Israeli rocket came through the ceiling. The oldest child was just years old.

Two other people were killed in the strike on the house. One was a boy passing by, on his way to school.

The seventh person killed was a member of Islamic Jihad.

David Chater's report for Al Jazeera contains distressing images

Valery Legasov, the head of Chernobyl blast clear-up team

Its been exactly twenty years since Valery Legasov -- one of the Soviet Union's highly acclaimed scientists -- commited suicide. He headed the scientific group involved in the clear-up of the Chernobyl blast in 1986 and threw himself into finding what caused the disaster. However he met a lot of difficulties in his path, which -- as some say -- broke him . Russia Today's Alexey Yaroshevsky brings an XL report about Valery Legasov's life.

Mexico's deported children

Mexican and US officials are concerned about the growing number of children who enter the United States with no immigration documents.

About 8,000 immigrant minors are caught trying to cross the US-Mexico border on their own each year.

Franc Contreras went to the northern border town of Reynosa to find out what becomes of these deported children.

Fourteen-year-old girl killed in Israeli raid

A day after rejecting a truce offered by Hamas, Israel has carried out two airstrikes on Gaza.

A 14-year-old girl - said to be the daughter of a Hamas leader - was also killed during an Israeli incursion into the town of Beit Lahiya. At least eight others were wounded.

From Gaza, David Chater reports.

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have walked out of their jobs in France...

Hundreds of illegal immigrants have walked out of their jobs in France, protesting over their state of legal limbo and demanding official papers. President Nicolas Sarkozy has acknowledged foreign workers are important for the French economy, but says existing laws must be followed. From Paris, Estelle Youssoufa reports.

An Italian saint

The exhumed body of Padre Pio, a saint considered a miracle worker by his devotees, has attracted thousands of pilgrims after going on display in a southern Italian town 40 years after his death. He is said to have the stigmata, the wounds of Jesus's crucifixion on his hands and feet.

U.S. faces more Iraq flak

Russia's Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov says a time limit for foreign troops in Iraq will be debated at a regional conference in neighbouring Kuwait. Iraq, its neighbours and permanent members of the UN Security Council are attending.

Clinton, Obama prepare for Pennsylvania's primary

Kristin Volk with a UPI Headline Update.

Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are making one last push ahead of Pennsylvania's Democratic primary tomorrow. Both candidates have focused their attention on the state for more than a month. Pennsylvania is the biggest contest remaining in the race, with 158 delegates up for grabs. Obama leads Clinton in the overall delegate count while Clinton has a slight edge over Obama in superdelegates.

Excruciating lengths to reach 'perfection'

Al Jazeera's Jonah Hull reports on a controversial technique in Russia, the so-called leg-lengthening procedure. It was originally designed to correct deformed and badly broken bones, but is now being used, on otherwise healthy people, to make them taller for aesthetic reasons.

US counts the cost of Iraq war

The Iraq war has cost US taxpayers $526 billion in direct costs and about $1.3 trillion to the economy, and with fears of a recession looming the war's economic impact is causing concern amongst US voters. Al Jazeera's Sebastian Walker reports.

Cloning Bull

'Alcalde' is considered one of the best bulls in Spanish arenas, but his glory days are behind him. His owners hope to keep him around by cloning him. (Report: A. Percept)

Pennsylvania voters hit hard by US downturn

Voters in the US state of Pennsylvania are to go to the polls for the latest Democratic presidential primary on April 22nd, with both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton promising economic reform, however many in the state, which has been hit hard by the economic slump, remain unconvinced, as Al Jazeera's Rosalind Jordan reports.

Getting nude to boost bottom line

Sex and nudity sell -- that's the old advertising adage being used to full affect by some Russian companies. Female staff are being asked to strip off to help their companies bottom line. Zeldis is one firm not afraid to show their staff in their birthday suits.

Journalists a target in Lebanon -

It's difficult enough being a journalist in a politically divided country and it's even more dangerous when the TV stations are owned by rival parties.

That's the case in Lebanon where news teams are routinely attacked as Al Jazeera's Zeina Khodr explains from Beirut.

Doomsday leader comes back from dead

The Doomsday cult's leader has regained consciousness a little more than a week after allegedly trying to kill himself. In November last year Pyotr Kuznetsov inspired 35 people to hole themselves up in a bunker in Russia's Penza region awaiting the Apocalypse. Nine cultists still remain underground and two are believed to have died.

Rioting over women's rights in Bangladesh

What started as a demonstration against women's rights after Friday prayers, turned into a full blown riot.

About a thousand protestors, most members of the Anti-Koran Law Resistance Committee, which advocates Sharia law, expressed their anger over the government's plans to give women more rights.

Al Jazeera's Hannah Belcher reports.

Italy's political battle in the media -

Silvio Berlusconi, two-times former Italian prime minister, is Italy's richest man and the founder of three commercial television channels.

It comes as little surprise then that the Italian media has played a crucial role in the country's upcomming election.


Al Jazeera's Barbara Serra reports from Rome on the voters response to the media battle.

Fugitive Marine awaits murder charges

A Marine suspected of killing a pregnant colleague is now in police custody. Authorites arrested Cpl Cesar Laurean yesterday in Mexico after a three-month international manhunt. His fellow Marine's remains were found in January in the backyard of his home in North Carolina. Laurean told police he slept in fields and survived by eating fruit that he found.

Ex-Guantanamo Muslim chaplain

As part of Al Jazeera's "In My View" series, former US Muslim chaplain for the US detention facility in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba talks about his experience after being accused of spying and the abuse he alleges occurred at the camp.

The passing of the torch

A peaceful start to San Francisco's Olympic torch relay... but all along the relay route, massive security and a change in course aimed at avoiding chaos. But pro-Tibet protesters weren't the only ones there to make their voices heard. They clashed with pro-China demonstrators there to voice their support for the country hosting the Beijing's Olympic games.

Presidential hopefuls push Iraq agendas

Presidential candidates Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain pushed their positions on the Iraq war yesterday at a high-profile congressional hearing. The hearing included the top U.S. general in Iraq, David Petraeus as well as the ambassador to Iraq, Ryan Crocker. Senator Clinton said it would be irresponsible to continue a failed policy in that country. Senator Obama took a similar position, calling the invasion a massive strategic blunder. But on the Republican side, Senator McCain said that success in Iraq is within reach, and Congress must not choose to lose there.

Rural Colombians fear Farc incursions

Colombia's war against the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (Farc), left-wing anti-government rebels, is fought on many fronts, usually in rural areas where civilians are constantly caught in the crossfire.

Nearly three million people are internally displaced in Colombia, the second largest humanitarian crisis in the world after Sudan.

In the jungle region of Guaviare, the escalation of military operations have caused at least 15,000 people to leave their homes this year.

Mariana Sanchez reports

AP Top Stories

Texas officials allege sexual abuse at polygamist ranch; presidential candidates question Petraeus; Indian girl born with 2 faces; Olympic torch relay in San Francisco.

Olympic torch makes stop in San Francisco

The Olympic torch is now in the U.S. The flame arrived in San Francisco early this morning and taken to an undisclosed location. High security measures are being taken following protests over China's human rights records. A leg of the torch's journey in Paris was canceled yesterday because of demonstrations. Protesters also posted signs on the Golden Gate bridge in preparation for today's stop. They're expressing concern over China's policies towards Tibet and Sudan.

Shark Attacks, Kills Teen Swimmer

A shark attacked and killed an Australian teen Tuesday while the boy and a friend were bodyboarding off the nation's eastern coast. (April 8) (more)
Added: April 08, 2008
A shark attacked and killed an Australian teen Tuesday while the boy and a friend were bodyboarding off the nation's eastern coast.

Middle East: are we looking at another war?

Israel has launched a large-scale civil defence exercise that will include simulated chemical and biological attacks on the Jewish state. This has provoked a rise in tension along Israel's northern border with Syria and Lebanon. Is Israel preparing for a new war and might the recent exercise provoke Hezbollah?

Cosmonauts blast into space

Three cosmonauts have successfully blasted into space aboard Russia's Soyuz rocket. The launch in Kazakhstan was on-time and without any obvious hitches. South Korea's first person in space and two Russian cosmonauts are bound for the International Space Station.

Raw Video: Machete-wielding Bandit Robs 7-11

Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia released video of a man with robbing a convenience store. The suspect is wanted for robbing three 7-11's. He is described as a man in his early 20's, weighing aro... (more)
Added: April 08, 2008
Police in Virginia Beach, Virginia released video of a man with robbing a convenience store. The suspect is wanted for robbing three 7-11's. He is described as a man in his early 20's, weighing around 140 pounds, 5-feet-10-inches tall

Olympic torch relay canceled in Paris

The remaining portion of the Olympic torch relay is canceled in Paris today after massive protests. Earlier today, authorities had to extinguish the torch three times. Thousands of demonstrators have protested this year's Olympic host, China, and it's human records record as well as its recent clampdown on Tibet. Today's protests in France followed similar protests yesterday in London.......

Moose juice: an alternative to cow's milk?

Domesticating the moose was never going to be easy. But an experiment at a Russian farm 400 kilometres from Moscow seems to be bearing fruit. The aim is to tame the animal, in the hope it will be possible to milk it. Moose milk is high in fat and immune-system boosting minerals.

Moscow bikers back in saddle

With Moscow's roads becoming increasingly congested, many are turning to two wheels in a bid to beat the jams. On the first weekend of April Moscow's bikers emerge after a winter in hibernation. On the open road they feel freedom and excitement -- and take risks.

'I knew Martin Luther King' part two

Reverand Samuel Kyles was a close personal friend of Dr. Martin Luther King.He was with him on the balcony in Memphis on the fateful day when King was shot and killed. He shares his memories of the slain civil rights and describes the events of that day

'I knew Martin Luther King'

The whole world was enthralled by the words and actions of the Reverend Martin Luther King. His friend, Jean Jackson of Selma, Alabama marched alongside him and still recalls his passion and his commitment to the civil rights movement.

Argentine woman challenges 'illegal' adoption

Many people in Argentina are still struggling to come to terms with the atrocities committed by the country's military dictatorship during the 1970s.

Tens of thousands of people disappeared during brutal crackdowns, and hundreds of children were either taken by the government or born in captivity.

Now, 24 years on, one woman is suing her parents for illegally adopting her and hiding her true identity.

Lucia Newman has her story.

Police: Man Threatened Va. Tech-Like Attack

A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to undertake a Virginia Tech-style massacre. (April 4) (more)
Added: April 04, 2008
A 20-year-old with a weapons cache that included four AK-47s was arrested after threatening over the Internet to undertake a Virginia Tech-style massacre.

Offices Raided Following Zimbabwe Elections

Zimbabwe's main opposition party says current President Robert Mugabe has 'unleashed a war' in his bid to stay in office. They say some of their offices were raided on Thursday. (April 4) (more)
Added: April 04, 2008
Zimbabwe's main opposition party says current President Robert Mugabe has 'unleashed a war' in his bid to stay in office. They say some of their offices were raided on Thursday.

Economy the key to Pennsylvania

White House hopefuls try to convince voters that they would be the best steward of the U.S. economy. With a predominantly blue-collar electorate and an economy that's trying to stay out of recession, the Keystone state seems to be ready-made for a Hillary Clinton victory.

Jon Decker reports from Washington

Ground reality for Canadian troops in Afghanistan

France has committed more troops to Afghanistan, although it disagrees with George Bush about NATO expansion.

The additional French soldiers partially meet demands by Canada, which had threatened to withdraw forces if NATO allies did not send reinforcements.

Al Jazeera's Mohamed Vall spent some time with Canadians soldiers in Kandahar to get an idea of the challenges on the ground.

Taliban fighters regrouping after winter snow

Pressure is mounting on International Forces because Taliban fighters are said to be regrouping ahead of a promised spring offensive.

Mohammed Vall has this exclusive report from Afghanistan. (more)
Added: April 02, 2008
Pressure is mounting on International Forces because Taliban fighters are said to be regrouping ahead of a promised spring offensive.

Mohammed Vall has this exclusive report from Afghanistan.

60-year-old boxer wants title shot

Saoul Mamby is a former light welterweight champion who wants a shot at winning another title. Just a few weeks ago, Mamby became what is believed to be the oldest boxer ever in a sanctioned bout when he lost a 10-round draw in the Cayman Islands. Now the New York native is looking for win number 46 in his remarkable career. Jon Decker reports

Life after the fall of the Afghan Taliban

The issue of Nato troops in Afghanistan is likely to top the agenda at the alliance's upcoming summit in Romania.

NATO is still struggling to bring security to many parts of the country. The Taliban has regained control of some areas of Afghanistan, particularly in the south, 7 years since the US led invasion drove them from power.

This instability in part fuels the poverty and corruption gripping the country.

Bernard Smith went to meet one family in the capital, Kabul, to see if their life has changed since the fall of the Taliban.