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Prosecutors appeal Demjanjuk's release

BERLIN -- Munich prosecutors have appealed a judge's decision to set John Demjanjuk free pending his appeal of his conviction on war-crimes charges, a spokesman said yesterday.

The 91-year-old former Cleveland-area autoworker was convicted Thursday of 28,060 counts of accessory to murder. The court found he had served as a guard at the Nazi's Sobibor death camp. He was sentenced to five years in prison.

The Munich state court ordered his immediate release from prison, saying he posed no flight risk. The prosecutor's office said that even without a passport, Demjanjuk in theory could travel inside Europe's so-called Schengen zone, which has no regular border controls.

Canada's government to outline priorities

OTTAWA -- Canada's new government will outline its policies and priorities on June 3, stressing the need to keep taxes low and focus on the economy, cabinet minister John Baird said yesterday.

The Conservatives have a four-year term in office and the ability to enact legislation without much opposition.

Gates to advocate more vaccinations

NAIROBI, Kenya -- Bill Gates will have the attention of most of the world's health ministers today, and he plans to share one main message: Get your vaccination rates up.

Mr. Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp. and one of the world's richest men, is pushing for increased vaccination rates as an easy, low-cost way to protect worldwide health.

He is scheduled to give the keynote address at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.

The health community wants the vaccination rate in every country to rise to at least 90 percent, up from about 80 percent currently.

Moroccan prisoners protest, are beaten

SALE, Morocco -- Moroccan authorities used tear gas and truncheons yesterday to put down a prison protest by accused Islamists who climbed on a roof and demanded pardons or reviews of their cases, human rights activists said.

Around 324 people took part in the protest at Zaki Prison in Sale, northeast of the capital, Rabat.

At least 30 were injured, including one who fell from the roof, said Reda Binothmane, a member of a coordinating committee for former Islamist detainees.

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