100,000 mourn Turkish journalist

ISTANBUL, Turkey - More than 100,000 mourners choked the streets of Istanbul for the funeral yesterday of an Armenian Turkish journalist whose slaying sparked debate about freedom of expression and whether Turks of different ethnic groups can live together.

"We are all Armenians!" chanted mourners in an outpouring of affection for editor Hrant Dink, who had made enemies among nationalist Turks by labeling as genocide the mass killings of Armenians toward the end of the Ottoman Empire.

Dink was gunned down Friday outside his bilingual Turkish Armenian newspaper, Agos.

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Canadian scolds French candidate

PARIS - Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper rebuked French presidential candidate Segolene Royal for saying she supported "sovereignty and liberty" for Quebec, Canada's predominantly French-speaking province.

Royal met briefly in Paris on Monday with Andre Boisclair, the head of Parti Quebecois, which wants Quebec to secede from Canada. Afterward, Quebecois reporters asked Royal about her affinities for Quebec.

"They are in line with the values that we share, the sovereignty and liberty of Quebec," she said. Puzzled journalists tried to work out whether her comments were a statement of policy or just an error.

Harper responded with a statement saying, "Experience teaches that it is highly inappropriate for a foreign leader to interfere in the democratic affairs of another country." - AP

Police in Tijuana

receive slingshots

TIJUANA, Mexico - The police department has issued about 60 slingshots to officers in the violent border city of Tijuana, where soldiers confiscated police weapons two weeks ago amid allegations of collusion with drug traffickers.

Police spokesman Fernando Bojorquez said Monday that the slingshots, along with bags of ball bearings, had been given to officers patrolling areas of the city visited by tourists.

Tijuana's police force of 2,000 officers has been without guns since Jan. 5, but some officers patrol alongside armed state police. President Felipe Calderon sent 3,300 soldiers and federal police to Tijuana at the beginning of January to hunt down drug gangs. - AP


French doctors announced yesterday that they had performed the world's third partial face transplant, on a man whose face was disfigured by severe tumors, giving him a new nose, mouth and chin and replacing part of his cheeks.

Two roadside bombs exploded yesterday in the northern Sri Lanka town of Jaffna, killing a government soldier and three civilians, officials said. A military spokesman blamed Tamil Tiger rebels for the blasts.

Unidentified assailants seized two foreign oil workers yesterday in the latest kidnapping in southern Nigeria. An American and a Briton were taken in the oil center of Port Harcourt, a police spokeswoman said.