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Monday, April 09, 2007  

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Associated Press
Saturday, April 7, 2007 (Dili)

East Timor Hopes For End to Violence In Vote

When East Timor picks a new president on Monday, voters hope to end a year of violence and instability that threatened to plunge one of the world's youngest and poorest nations into civil war.

The closely watched election - which comes amid bitter political rivalries - will test the fledgling state's democracy and ability to survive on its own after breaking from decades of brutal Indonesian rule in 2002.

More than 522,000 people are eligible to vote in the election, in which eight candidates are vying to replace President Xanana Gusmao for a five-year term.

Prime Minister Jose Ramos-Horta, a popular Nobel Peace Prize laureate, had initially been considered a sure winner for the largely ceremonial role, but many experts now say a run-off is almost certain.

posted by Gary Williams at 2:02 PM | link |

Kidman Denies Pregnancy

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Actress Nicole Kidman is denying rumors started by a British tabloid that the Oscar winner is pregnant with her husband, country rocker Keith Urban. Recently, The News of the World posted quotes from a source that claimed that not only had Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban been trying to get pregnant for months, even using fertility experts, but that Kidman was already pregnant. Nicole Kidman has made it clear that she wants to have a child, but is denying that she is currently pregnant.

Wendy Day, the publicist for Nicole Kidman, told the press this week, as quoted by, that the reports were incorrect. Nicole Kidman spoke through Day, "As if she would confirm a pregnancy to News of the World. She is about to get on a horse in the outback and breaking brumbies (Australian horse). I hardly think she will be able to do that if she is pregnant."

Nicole Kidman already has two children that the actress adopted with her former husband Tom Cruise. The kids are named Isabella and Connor and they spend most of their time with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes. Keith Urban recently commented on the small amount of time that he gets to spend with the kids.

posted by Gary Williams at 11:53 AM | link |

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