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Geneva laws need revision

The Geneva Convention needs to be revamped to fit the new reality of terrorism, British Secretary of Defense John Reid said Monday, according to the AP.

The possibility of terrorists obtaining weapons of mass destruction will trigger a new debate about the legality of a pre-emptive war, the secretary said.

"The laws of the 20th century placed constraints on us, all which enhanced peace and protected liberty," Reid said during a speech at the Royal United Services Institute, a British think tank.

Abramoff offers services

Disgraced Washington lobbyist Jack Abramoff offered his lobbying services to the government of Sudan to improve their image in the American Government, the Los Angeles Times reported Tuesday.

Sudanese Ambassador to the U.S., Khidir Haroun Ahmed, said Abramoff proposed a multimillion dollar contract in 2001, but the Sudanese government never took the offer seriously.

Abramoff spokes Andrew Blum, denied the charge saying Abramoff spoke with ambassador, and never offered a contract because of Sudan's poor human rights record.

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