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Chirac urges Syria to meet demands of Hariri probe

PARIS (AFP) — Syria needs to comply with the demands of the UN probe into the murder of Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafiq Hariri, French President Jacques Chirac warned on Wednesday. “Syria must answer the demands” of the international inquiry into Hariri’s killing,

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More than 50 dead as violence flares in Iraq

BAGHDAD (AFP) — A suicide bomber blew himself up in the middle of an Iraqi funeral procession on Wednesday, the bloodiest in a string of attacks across the country that left more than 50 people dead and scores wounded. The bomber, wired with explosives, walked up to a group of …

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Gaza gunmen kill two Egyptian soldiers

GAZA — Another day of disorder ravaged the Gaza Strip Wednesday, as gunmen linked to Al Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades went on the rampage in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah, bulldozing a barricade on the Gaza side of the Egypt border and killing two Egyptian soldiers.

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Sharon suffers ‘significant stroke’

OCCUPIED JERUSALEM – Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last night suffered what doctors told Israeli TV was a “significant stroke.” The 78-year-old Sharon, who was treated for a minor stroke last month was rushed into hospital yesterday

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Iran announces resumption of more atomic work

TEHRAN (Reuters) — Iran announced on Tuesday it would resume atomic fuel research and development next week, raising the spectre of a fresh showdown with the West which suspects Tehran wants nuclear technology to build bombs. The news coincided with strong hints from Iran’s foreign ministry that Tehran would reject …

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Israel wants wall built to protect occupied Arab town on border with Lebanon

TEL AVIV (AP) — The Israeli Shin Bet security agency has recommended building a wall through an Arab community located along the Lebanese border to prevent attacks by Lebanese fighters, officials said Tuesday. The construction of the barrier along the UN-recognised border would divide the Israeli-controlled town of Ghajar in …

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Italy blocks Yemeni attack to free hostages

SANAA (AFP) — Italy’s ambassador to Yemen on Tuesday blocked an assault by security forces to release five Italians amid fears for the hostages lives, a top local official told AFP. “After a number of tribal leaders failed (in the mediation efforts), the Yemeni authorities seriously considered to launch a …

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Mubarak arrives in Saudi Arabia to discuss UN-Syria standoff

RIYADH (AP) — Egyptian and Saudi Arabia leaders discussed on Tuesday the standoff between Syria and the United Nations over the assassination of former Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri. Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and King Abdullah did not speak to reporters after their talks in the port city of Jeddah, …

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Jerusalem Muslim leader calls for halt to Israeli excavation project

In 1996, Palestinians rioted after Israel opened an archaeological tunnel by the compound OCCUPIED JERUSALEM (AP) — The top Muslim cleric in the holy land on Tuesday called on Israel to halt work on an archaeological project near a disputed holy site, saying continuing the dig would inflame tensions in …

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