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Animated film by Korean adoptee sweeps int'l film fests

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- An autobiographical work by a Korean adoptee raised in Belgium has been sweeping international animated film festivals. The animated film, "Approved for Adoption," co-directed by filmmakers Jung Henin of Belgium and Laurent Boileau of France, won the Youth Jury Award for Best Picture and the Adult Jury Award for Best Picture during Canada's annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on April 4-11, according to the festival's website.

Animated film by Korean adoptee sweeps int'l film fests

SEOUL, April 17 (Yonhap) -- An autobiographical work by a Korean adoptee raised in Belgium has been sweeping international animated film festivals. The animated film, "Approved for Adoption," co-directed by filmmakers Jung Henin of Belgium and Laurent Boileau of France, won the Youth Jury Award for Best Picture and the Adult Jury Award for Best Picture during Canada's annual Reel 2 Real International Film Festival for Youth on April 4-11, according to the festival's website.

Railroads: Most freight train track won't have safety technology by installation deadline

WASHINGTON - Only one-fifth of its track will be equipped with mandatory safety technology to prevent the most catastrophic kinds of collisions and derailments by the deadline set by Congress, the freight railroad industry said Wednesday. The Association of American Railroads said in a report that about 20 per cent of the approximately 60,000 miles of track being equipped with the technology will meet the deadline of Dec. 31, 2015. Previously, the association had estimated 40 per cent would meet the deadline.

Canadian government scolds Jimmy Carter over position on Keystone XL pipeline

WASHINGTON - The Keystone XL pipeline issue has created a tiff between a former U.S. president and the Canadian government. The Prime Minister's Office reacted swiftly Wednesday to a letter signed by Nobel laureates, including Jimmy Carter, urging President Barack Obama to reject the pipeline. Carter is the first former president to come out against Keystone XL. Prime Minister Stephen Harper's office responded with a warning: Remember 1979.

B.C. falling short on environmental monitoring, says ombudsperson report

VICTORIA - The B.C. government lacks oversight of an environmental regulation meant to protect the areas that border rivers, lakes and streams, says the provincial ombudsman. Kim Carter's latest report looks at the Riparian Areas Regulation, which applies to 15 regional districts in populated areas from Vancouver Island to the Interior.

Brazil's leader holds wide lead six months from election: survey

BRASILIA (Reuters) - Despite a mushrooming scandal at state-run oil company Petrobras and bad news on the economic front, Brazil's President Dilma Rousseff is still the hands-down favorite to win the elections in October, according to a new poll on Wednesday. If the vote were held today, Rousseff would win 40 percent of the ballots, while her two main rivals put together would get only 24 percent, not enough to force a run-off, the poll showed.

New Mexico to eliminate conjugal visits for prisoners

By Joseph J. Kolb ALBURQUERQUE, New Mexico (Reuters) - New Mexico will end conjugal visits between inmates and their spouses next month, officials said Wednesday, in a move that will leave the once-widespread practice in place in only three U.S. states. In addition to addressing concerns over pregnancies, the spread of sexually transmitted diseases and smuggled contraband, eliminating the program will save the state about $120,000 per year, New Mexico Department of Corrections spokeswoman Alex Tomlin said.

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CBS Corp gets favorable REIT ruling for Outdoor unit from IRS (Reuters) - CBS Corp said on Wednesday that the Internal Revenue Service gave a favorable ruling to the company's plan to convert its outdoor advertising subsidiary, CBS Outdoor Americas Inc, into a real-estate investment trust (REIT). Media conglomerate CBS holds an 81 percent stake in CBS Outdoor, which went public in late March. UK PM's former media chief tells court he heard hacked messages

US city leader jailed over corruption scandal

A former US municipal leader was jailed for 12 years Wednesday and ordered to pay back $8.8 million for a massive corruption scandal which rocked a small Californian city in 2010. Robert Rizzo, former chief administrative officer of the working-class city of Bell, outside Los Angeles, was sentenced after pleading no contest to 69 charges against him. Rizzo was initially paid a $300,000 annual salary, but by 2009 that had risen to as much as $1.37 million thanks to unlawful employment contracts, prosecutors said.

Teen rescued in Argentina after nine years of grim abuse

A 15-year-old girl has been rescued in Argentina after being nearly starved and beaten in a garage by an adoptive family for nine years, a court source said Wednesday. Weighing 20 kilos (44 pounds), the malnourished girl was hospitalized after being found in Buenos Aires. She said she had been fed only bread and water, and was beaten for eating leftover dog food and monkey kibble thrown to animals in the same space where she was kept, the source said.
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