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November 25, 2008|By FROM SUN NEWS SERVICES

Former Biden aide chosen for Senate seat

WILMINGTON, Del. : Edward Kaufman, a former aide to Sen. Joe Biden, was named yesterday by Delaware Gov. Ruth Ann Minner to fill the Senate seat Biden is leaving for the vice presidency. Kaufman is president of a political and management consulting firm based in Wilmington. He served on Biden's Senate staff 1973-1994, including 19 years as chief of staff. He is an advisory board member to President-elect Barack Obama's transition team. Speculation on Biden's successor had centered in recent weeks on his son, Attorney General Beau Biden. Last week, however, the younger Biden announced that he planned to fulfill his National Guard duties and wouldn't accept an appointment.

Greenlanders to vote on greater autonomy

LONDON: Greenland, the world's largest island, is to vote today on whether it wants greater independence from Denmark, which colonized it nearly 300 years ago. Greenland - 850,000 square miles, about 80 percent of which is covered by ice - has steadily been gaining autonomy for decades and has had home-rule government since 1979. If it passes, today's referendum will pave the way for Greenland's eventual independence.

Muslim charity guilty of financing terrorism

DALLAS: Jurors have convicted a Muslim charity and five of its former leaders of all 108 charges in the largest terrorism financing trial since the Sept. 11 attacks. The verdict was announced yesterday afternoon, on the eighth day of deliberations in the retrial of the Holy Land Foundation for Relief and Development. It was once the nation's largest Muslim charity. Holy Land is accused of giving more than $12 million to support the Palestinian militant group Hamas. The group was designated by the government as a terrorist organization in 1995.

Some HIV patients to be tracked with chips

JAKARTA, Indonesia : Lawmakers in Indonesia's remote province of Papua have thrown their support behind a controversial bill requiring some HIV/AIDS patients to be implanted with microchips - part of extreme efforts to monitor the disease. Local health workers and AIDS activists called the plan "abhorrent." But legislator John Manangsang said that by implanting small computer chips beneath the skin of "sexually aggressive" patients, authorities would be in a better position to identify, track and ultimately punish those who deliberately infect others with jail or a fine.

Chinese show force in Tibetan town

XIAHE, China : Chinese paramilitary police with riot shields and batons abruptly took up posts yesterday on the main street of this Tibetan town, disrupting the bustle of Buddhist pilgrims in a reminder of China's determined control of the region. With some Tibetans pushing harder against Chinese rule, the communist government is determined to pacify the area. The show of force yesterday was meant to deter unrest while a local court sentenced a group of Tibetans for taking part in large anti-government protests in March in Xiahe.

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