hMexico City discovery
MEXICO CITY -- Archaeologist Rocio Morales examines the site where 11 remains were found in conjoined housing units dating to 300 to 700 B.C. The discovery Tuesday, made on the edge of Mexico City's famous Chapultepec Park, appears to confirm the existence there of human settlements before the Teotihuacan classic era between the mid-2nd century to early 10th century.
Progress with Israel
JERUSALEM -- Israel has stopped targeting Palestinian militants for death, Israeli security officials said early Wednesday, fulfilling a key Palestinian demand for a truce to end four years of violence. The officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Israel has informed the Palestinians of their decision. It came after generals from the two sides met Tuesday to plan deployment of Palestinian police in central and southern Gaza, to prevent militants from attacking Israelis. Since he took office earlier this month, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has been negotiating with militant groups about a truce declaration. In return, the militants are demanding that Israel stop its military operations and halt its killing of militant leaders.
hFarm protest in Greece
LARISA, Greece -- Cotton farmers lined up their tractors lined up Tuesday at Tembi toll station , blocking roads along the main national highway, as a way to demand that the government give them more subsidy payments.
Trial begins for ex-priest
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. -- A former priest who was one of the most notorious figures from the Boston Archdiocese sex scandal went on trial Tuesday on charges that he raped a boy in the 1980s, with a prosecutor telling jurors that the clergyman once warned the accuser: "If you tell, no one will believe you." The lawyer for defrocked priest Paul Shanley responded by saying the accuser made up the allegations to get in on multimillion-dollar settlements for victims in the scandal. The accuser was expected to testify today. In her opening statement, prosecutor Lynn Rooney described to jurors how authorities believe Shanley carried out the abuse at a church outside Boston. During her presentation, the prosecutor posted a photo of Shanley's accuser as a curly haired 6-year-old boy on a screen in front of the jury box. She said the boy was taken out of religious education classes and raped by Shanley in the church bathroom.
Many blacks believe AIDSis man-made, study shows
SALEM, Ore. -- More than 20 years after the AIDS epidemic arrived in the United States, a significant proportion of blacks embrace the theory that government scientists created the disease to control or wipe out their communities, according to a study released Tuesday by Rand Corp. and Oregon State University. That belief markedly hurts efforts to prevent the spread of the disease among black Americans, the study's authors and activists said. Blacks represent 13 percent of the U.S. population, according to Census Bureau figures, yet they account for 50 percent of new HIV infections in the nation, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Nearly half of the 500 blacks surveyed said that HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, is man-made. The study, which was supported by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, appears in the Feb. 1 edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.
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