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News briefs:September 26, 2006

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India: Jaish militant Mohd Afzal to be hanged on 20 October

India

India's Supreme Court confirms that Mohammed Afzal will hang for his role in the 2001 attack on Parliament. His execution is to be carried out on 20 October.

Bulgaria and Romania to enter European Union

Europe

The European Commission has accepted Bulgaria and Romania as members of the EU from January 1, 2007 under what analysts call the strictest terms in recent history.

Google convicted in case brought by Belgian press

A Belgian court has ruled that Google News could not use material from "Belgian publishers of the French- and German-speaking daily press" without paying a copyright fee, in a case brought by Copiepresse, an association of newspaper editors

Afghan women's rights official shot dead

Afghanistan

Safia Ahmed-jan, an advocate of women's rights and a strong critic of the Taliban's repression of those rights, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside her home in Khandahar city in southern Afghanistan on Monday.

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