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Front Page: RU-486, Kenya, Canada Threatens Withdrawal


  • A Chinese, state-owned pharmaceutical company, the sole supplier of RU-486 (the abortion pill) to the US, is being accused of selling tainted leukemia drugs that left almost 200 Chinese paralyzed. Though the leukemia drug and the abortion pill are made at different plants, the quality-control issue has many worried. Pfizer has historically not purchased drug ingredients from the Chinese company for that very reason. The Shanghai FDA has accused the plant of “producing substandard medicine that poses major risks of causing serious harm to human health.”
  • Another opposition leader has been killed in Kenya. David Kimutai Too was shot by a policeman in the troubled Rift Valley. The government says the killing, the second of an opposition lawmaker in two days, was due to Too's part in a love triangle. The opposition calls it an assassination. The killing has stalled Kofi Annan's peace talks with the parties, and UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon will be in Nairobi tomorrow. A protester, Willis Omondi, said, "We know the government is involved. Kibaki’s government will never work in Kenya. We will paralyze them even if they kill our leaders."
  • Canada's Prime Minister, Stephen Harper, told President Bush that Canada will withdraw its troops from Afghanistan unless more NATO troops are sent. Harper wants 1,000 additional troops sent to the Kandahar province where Canada's 2,500 troops are stationed. In response, Bush noted that 3,200 additional Marines are set to deploy to Afghanistan this Spring. NATO spokesman James Appathurai said, "we hope Canada will find a way to extend the mission."
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