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Butler says he wanted to preserve Diana legacy
LONDON Princess Diana's butler told police he kept several of her possessions after she died because he feared a plot to undermine her legacy, prosecutors said during his theft trial Friday.
When police questioned Paul Burrell, 44, about why he kept some of the princess's personal photographs, he said that Diana had "told me to keep them safe and not let them get into the wrong hands," according to Mr. Burrell's statement to police.
"I felt at the time of the princess's death there was a conspiracy to change the course of history and to erase certain parts of the princess' life from it," he said.
Mr. Burrell whom Diana called "my rock" pleaded not guilty to three charges relating to the theft of hundreds of items from the princess and other members of the royal family. The items included clothes, letters, photos and compact discs. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris Aug. 31, 1997. Mr. Burrell was arrested in 2001.

60 percent pregnancies in Russia end in abortion
MOSCOW About 60 percent of all pregnancies in Russia end in abortion, and another 10 percent of pregnant women lose unborn children because of health problems, the nation's chief gynecologist said Friday.
Russia ranks second in the world behind Romania in the number of abortions per capita, Vladimir Kulakov, the head of the Scientific Center for Obstetrics and Gynecology, said at a news conference.
Girls in Russia under 18 account for every 10th abortion, he said. Doctors say the use of contraception is less widespread in Russia than in the West.

British firefighters vote to strike
LONDON British firefighters have voted to strike for higher pay, their first walkout in 25 years, their union said Friday.
The Fire Brigades Union said its 50,000 members voted 87 percent in favor of a strike later this month. The union wants base pay for firefighters raised by more than 40 percent, from $32,500 a year to $46,500, and has rejected a 4 percent pay raise.
Firefighters said they will strike Oct. 29-31 and Nov. 2-4, and follow up with a series of eight-day walkouts in November and December.

Man who fired at Chirac was attempting suicide
PARIS A man held for attempting to assassinate President Jacques Chirac in July told an examining magistrate Friday that he was trying to commit suicide, and expressed regret that the attempt had failed, court sources said.
Maxime Brunerie, 25, who had links to a now-disbanded racist group on the fringes of France's far-right, was wrestled to the ground during a Bastille Day parade in Paris on July 14 after he reportedly fired a shot at Mr. Chirac from a .22 rifle.
Mr. Brunerie said he had aimed the rifle at his throat in order to commit suicide when a spectator pushed the weapon upwards, grabbed the gun and bystanders overpowered Mr. Brunerie.

Kremlin to host show of Scientology founder
MOSCOW An exposition dedicated to the life of the Church of Scientology's founder, Ron Hubbard, will be held within the Kremlin's walls Tuesday, church officials said in an invitation issued Friday.
The one-day exposition, titled "Ron Hubbard's Life in Photos," will be open for public display in the Kremlin's former Congress Palace, built for the Soviet Communist Party's use in 1960s and now serving as an exhibition and concert hall.
The Church of Scientology claims some 10,000 members in Moscow. Russia's Justice Ministry sought to have it banned earlier this year, arguing that it had failed to re-register as required under a new law on religious organizations and that it was no longer active in Moscow. Two courts dismissed the complaint.

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