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Uzbekistan blocks UN inquiry Mother of Jackson's accuser described singer as 'an angel' THE MOTHER of Michael Jackson's accuser said the singer was an "angel", his abuse trial has heard.
Casting assistant Azja Pryor told the Santa Maria court that Gavin Arvizo's mother never complained about 46-yearold Jackson committing any crimes against her family. The singer denies molesting the teenager. The trial continues.
UZBEK President Islam Karimov told UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan he opposed a human rights inquiry into violence in the eastern part of his country in which more than 700 civilians are alleged to have been killed by security forces. Mr Annan said Mr Karimov told him "he had the situation under control and was taking measures to bring those responsible to account and did not need an international team to establish the facts".
20,000 flee 85mph hurricane THE first hurricane of the season arrived in El Salvador, killing two people and forcing at least 20,000 people to be evacuated. Category 1 Hurricane Adrian threatened to bring floods and mudslides. Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua are also at risk as winds reached 85mph with the force of gusts even higher.
Canadian premier survives vote PRIME MINISTER Paul Martin has survived a razor-thin vote of confidence, putting an end to one of the most dramatic cliffhangers in decades in the Canadian parliament. An amendment to the corruption-tainted minority Liberal government's budget was passed and the administration saved only after the Commons speaker Peter Milliken broke a 152-152 tie in its favour. …