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7.11.05 First London bombing victim named
July 11 The first victim of the London bombings has been named, as the confirmed number of dead reached 52. An inquest was opened and adjourned into the death at King's Cross of Susan Levy, 53, from Cuffley, Hertfordshire. As families of the missing continued to seek information, Tony Blair said a memorial service would be held and attended by the Queen at some point. Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Ian Blair said those responsible for Thursday's attacks would be found.
7.11.05 Leaked No. 10 dossier reveals Al-Qaeda's British recruits
July 11 Al-Qaeda is secretly recruiting affluent, middle-class Muslims in British universities and colleges to carry out terrorist attacks in this country, leaked Whitehall documents reveal. A network of ³extremist recruiters² is circulating on campuses targeting people with ³technical and professional qualifications², particularly engineering and IT degrees.
7.11.05 Body of US commando found in Afghanistan
KABUL (AP) July 11 The body of a missing US commando has been located in eastern Afghanistan, the military said Monday, bringing an end to the desperate search for the last member of an ill-fated, four-man special forces unit that disappeared last month. One of the four men was rescued July 3; the other two were found dead the next day. The body of the fourth US Navy SEAL was found Sunday in Kunar province by a search and rescue team, the military said. It said all indications are that he died in fighting, despite a claim by Mullah Latif Hakimi, a purported Taliban spokesman, that he was captured alive and beheaded. [More>>washingtonpost.com]
7.11.05 Rove comes under new scrutiny in C.I.A. disclosure case
WASHINGTON, July 11 The White House went on the defensive today amid a barrage of questions from Democrats and reporters about the presidential adviser Karl Rove and whether he had disclosed the name of a covert intelligence operative in retaliation for criticism of the administration's Iraq policy.
7.11.05 Floods kill 65 in Sichuan, China, 30 others missing
July 11 Sixty-five people have been killed and 30 are missing following flooding in southwest China's Sichuan province since late last month. The Sichuan Daily said the victims died or went missing during flooding from June 28 to July 8. Among them, were 20 people from Dazhou city, which is submerged in deep floodwaters. Rainstorms and flooding swept over 84 counties and cities in the province, with 18 cities and counties reporting rainfall of more than 200 mm. The disasters affected 8.988 million people, flattened 30,000 houses, damaged 106,000 houses and totally destroyed more than 33,000 hectares of crops, according to the provincial disaster relief office on Sunday. [More>>chinadaily.com.cn]
7.11.05 Suspected Taliban gunmen behead 10 Afghan soldiers
KANDAHAR (AP) July 10 Suspected Taliban gunmen ambushed a border patrol in the desert near the frontier with Pakistan, killing 10 Afghan soldiers and beheading them all, while 15 other rebels and troops were killed in violence elsewhere, officials said on Sunday. The beheading victims were part of a 25-member patrol in southern Helmand province that was attacked late on Sunday by militants driving four four-wheel-drive pickups, said provincial Governor Sher Mohammed Aghunzada. [More>>hindustantimes.com]
7.11.05 Explosion in Cesme injures 20 people
IZMIR, Turkey, July 11 20 people were injured in an explosion that took place in a garbage can near a bank in Cesme town of western Izmir city on Sunday. Izmir health department director Dr. Levent Kidak told the A.A correspondent that one of the injured people was in critical condition and was taken to Dokuz Eylul Hospital.
7.11.05 Diplomats, churches in terrorists' hit list
ISLAMABAD (PTI) July 11 Amidst intelligence reports that militants were planning attacks on American, British and Iranian diplomats as well as some religious places, Pakistan has beefed up security to prevent any untoward incident. Intelligence reports warned that banned terror outfits, including Harkatul Mujahideen Al-Alami, Harkatul Jihad-e-Islami, Harkatul Ansar, Jaish Muhammad (Khuddamul Islam), Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Millat-e-Islamia of Pakistan planned to target American, British and Iranian diplomats and other dignitaries, local media reported.
7.11.05 Eleven Iraqi soldiers killed as diplomats promised more protection
BAQUBA, Iraq (AFP) July 11 Iraq insurgents killed 11 soldiers on Monday as Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari promised more protection for diplomats after the abduction and murder of Egypt¹s head of mission. Nine of the troops were killed in a dawn raid on a checkpoint outside Khales north of Baghdad in which six soldiers and three civilians were also wounded, police said. The insurgents opened fire on the troops and then detonated a truck bomb when reinforcements arrived. The explosives were hidden amidst a cargo of melons. The town has seen repeated unrest by Sunni Arab insurgents. On June 15, a suicide bomber dressed in army uniform blew himself up at an army camp in Khales, killing 23 people and wounding 29.
7.11.05 Four escape from main US detention facility in Afghanistan
KABUL (AP) July 11 Four suspected terrorists escaped on Monday from the main US base in Afghanistan, the first time anyone has broken out of the heavily guarded detention facility, sparking a massive ground and air search, officials said. ³They are considered dangerous and are suspected terrorists. That is why they were detained initially,² a US military spokeswoman, Lt. Cindy Moore, told The Associated Press.
7.11.05 European Union condemns Israel's barrier
July 12 European Union foreign policy chief Javier Solana criticized Israel for the separation barrier it is building around Jerusalem, while the Palestinian Authority said it is seeking UN-backed punitive measures against companies whose products are used in the project. Solana's comments came as Israel sought a $2.2 billion in additional U.S. aid for this summer's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip while also lobbying for EU backing.
7.11.05 More than 30 civilians burned to death in DR Congo attack
BUKAVU, July 11 More than 30 civilians were burned alive when an armed gang herded them into their huts in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and set them on fire, the UN mission in the DRC said.
July 11 Some 39,000 Iraqis have been killed as a direct result of combat or armed violence since the US-led invasion in 2003, a figure considerably higher than previous estimates, according to a Swiss institute report.
7.11.05 Arsonists torch Russian shop, 20 killed
MOSCOW (Reuters) July 11 Arsonists torched a Russian shop on Monday, killing 20 people, officials said. Bodies were sprawled along the verges of the street in the town of Ukhta, around 1,500 km northeast of Moscow, while medics tried to resuscitate young men and women lying on stretchers as the building burned behind them. Television quoted witnesses as saying bars over the shop's ground floor windows had stopped people from escaping the blaze.
7.11.05 Another coal mine explosion in China
BEIJING (Reuters) July 11 At least 59 Chinese miners were killed and 24 left missing underground on Monday after a gas blast, state media said, one of the worst disasters this year in China's deadly coal industry. At least 87 miners were working underground when the explosion, caused by a buildup of gas in a mine shaft, shook the Shenlong Coal Mine in the far-western region of Xinjiang, the official Xinhua news agency reported. Four people escaped after the blast hit at about 2:30 a.m. on Monday (1830 GMT on Sunday), it said. [More>>thestar.com.my]
7.09.05 Mass arrests made in Milan swoops
July 9 Italian police have arrested 142 people as part of a two-day anti-terror operation in and around Milan. One and a half kilos (3.3 pounds) of explosive were found, reports say. Some 2,000 Carabinieri police took part in the raid, aimed at boosting security at sensitive locations such as underground and train stations. An internet claim of responsibility for the London bombings threatened Italy and Denmark with similar attacks, but its credibility has been questioned.
7.09.05 Who is the group claiming London's bomb attacks?
LONDON, July 8 The group claiming responsibility for London`s bomb blasts, the Organisation of Al-Qaeda Jihad in Europe, is likely part of a complex movement made up of hard-to-infiltrate cells, experts told AFP. Nothing is known of the group, and its claim is impossible to verify. But observers said that in any case, even though it used the name Al-Qaeda, there was no proof that the group in fact belonged in any way to the network led by Osama bin Laden that is blamed for the September 11, 2001 attacks in the United States.
7.09.05 North Korea agrees to rejoin six-nation talks
(Agencies) July 9 North Korea said Saturday it would rejoin six-nation nuclear arms talks in July, ending a more than yearlong boycott. The announcement came after North Korean and US envoys held a previously unannounced meeting in Beijing. The six-nation talks will resume July 25, the Korean Central News Agency said. The talks involve the two Koreas, the United States, Japan, China and Russia. [chinadaily.com.cn]
7.09.05 Pakistani connection in London blasts
ISLAMABAD (PTI) July 9 A British national with links to the Al-Qaeda terror network may provide some clues about the coordinated blasts, which rocked London, according to police officials interrogating him.
7.09.05 US launches another offensive in Iraq
July 9 The US army says it has launched a fourth major offensive in Iraq in less than a month, this time near Falluja. The army said on Saturday that about 600 US Marines and Iraqi soldiers were participating in a major counter operation near Falluja. Operation Scimitar started on Thursday with targeted raids in the village of Zaidan, 30km southeast of Falluja. So far, 22 suspected fighters have been detained.
7.09.05 Russia set to build nuclear power stations in Iran
MOSCOW (AFP) July 9 Russia is a likely partner in a plan envisaging construction of 20 nuclear power stations in Iran, a senior member of Iran's Parliament announced. "A plan has been approved in Parliament obliging the government to study the possibility of building 20 nuclear power stations ... Various countries, including Russia, can participate and we hope Russia will continue to cooperate with us on this question," Kazem Jalali, head of the Iranian Parliament's foreign affairs committee, said.
7.07.05 London hit by multiple terror blasts at rush hour
July 7 Tony Blair confirmed today that London had come under a concerted terrorist attack after an al-Qaeda-style series of bomb blasts targeting rush-hour commuters in Tube trains and a double-decker bus. A senior police commander said that at least 150 people were seriously injured and there were credible reports of at least four deaths from the blasts, which brutally shook the city out of its euphoria at winning the right to host the 2012 Olympics yesterday.
7.07.05 'Al-Qaeda' group claims London attacks
DUBAI, July 7 A group calling itself the Organisation of Al-Qaeda Jihad in Europe claimed Thursday's attacks in London and threatened similar ones in Italy, Denmark and other countries with troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.
7.07.05 Iraq to launch military, anti-terror cooperation with Iran
TEHRAN (AFP) July 7 Iraq is to launch military and anti-terrorist cooperation with Iran and will not allow its soil to be used for attacks on its neighbor, the visiting Iraqi defence minister said Thursday. I have come to Iran to ask forgiveness for what Saddam Hussein has done. The same has to be done with Kuwait and all Saddam Hussein¹s victims,² Saadun al-Dulaimi said at a press conference with Iranian counterpart Ali Shamkhani.
7.07.05 Militant group executes Egyptian envoy in Iraq: website
DUBAI (AFP) July 7 The group of Al Qaeda¹s frontman in Iraq, Abu Musab Al Zarqawi, announced on Thursday in a purported message posted on the Internet the execution of Egypt¹s top envoy to Iraq, whom the group says it abducted.
7.07.05 Zarqawi vows to attack Shiite foes
July 7 The head of Al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, lashed out at contacts between some rebels and US officials as he announced the creation of a new unit to take on Shiite foes, in a voice message attributed to him. The announcement was followed by a posting on an Al-Qaeda website threatening to kill Egypt's kidnapped diplomat because Egypt has allied with "Jews and Christians." Zarqawi, who has a $25 million bounty on his head, also purportedly vowed to head to the Palestinian territories to continue the fight after "victory" had been won in Iraq.
7.07.05 Taleban again say holding missing US commando
KABUL (Reuters) July 2 The Taleban reiterated on Thursday that they were holding a US commando missing in eastern Afghan for more than a week and vowed to kill him, but the US military said it had no information to support the claim. Taleban spokesman Abdul Latif Hakimi said the guerrillas did not need to provide evidence that they were holding the man. ³We don't need to do this because very soon we plan to execute him and then release his video to the world,² he said from an undisclosed location. ³There is no way the soldier is going to be released. He will be executed.²
7.07.05 NASA's Cassini reveals lake-like feature on Titan
6-28-05 Scientists are fascinated by a dark, lake-like feature recently observed on Saturn's moon Titan. NASA's Cassini spacecraft captured a series of images showing a marking, darker than anything else around it. It is remarkably lake-like, with smooth, shore-like boundaries unlike any seen previously on Titan.
"This feature is unique in our exploration of Titan so far," said Dr. Elizabeth Turtle, Cassini imaging team associate at the University of Arizona. "Its perimeter is intriguingly reminiscent of the shorelines of lakes on Earth that are smoothed by water erosion and deposition."
The feature lies in Titan's cloudiest region, which is presumably the most likely site of recent methane rainfall. This, coupled with the shore-like smoothness of the feature's perimeter makes it hard for scientists to resist speculation about what might be filling the lake, if it indeed is one. [More>>saturn.jpl.nasa.gov]
7.07.05 Rice to skip key ASEAN talks, may be viewed as snub by region
WASHINGTON (AFP) July 7 US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice will not attend a key Southeast Asian meeting this month, officials said on Wednesday amid warnings that the move could be viewed as a slight by the region's leaders. Rice had told Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) foreign ministers that she could not make it to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in the Laotian capital Vientiane in late July due to a clash of schedules, regional diplomats said.
LINZ (DPA) July 7 About 150 workers from Indonesia and South Korea are being employed in "intolerable conditions" in Linz, the Austrian Metal-Textile Trade Union (GMT) charged on Thursday. They were forced by their firm to work a 62-hour week, received hourly wages of just 1.3 euros, and were kept overnight in "corrugated iron barracks", said the union. "That's nothing but modern slavery," charged GMT Central Secretary Franz Riepl.
7.07.05 US government to sue Boeing for selling technology to China
SEATTLE (Agencies) July 7 The US government is poised to sue Boeing Co. for selling jets to China equipped with a computer chip that has military applications, a report said. The aviation giant, whose production base is in Seattle, could be hit with up to 47 million dollars in fines if found guilty of 94 violations of the Arms Control Act, according to the Seattle Times report.
LISBON, May 21 Adam Porter reports: Labour politician and former UK environment minister Michael Meacher has slammed Prime Minister Tony Blair and US President George Bush for starting a war, he says, to secure oil interests.
6.17-05 Federal Debt not a concern of the press
SAN FRANCISCO, June 17 Update. While the Federal Reserve continues to increase interest rates, the Exponentially rising Federal Debt is not being reported. What is not being reported is the fact that interest rates are tied to the US National Debt. This year the deficit is expected to exceed $420 billion, and interest on the debt which exceeds $8.2 trillion, is about $1 billion per day. Because the annual deficits are financed via the bond market, and because the amount of the bonds being sold exceeds demand, it is necessary to raise interest rates to attract investors in the US bonds financing the US debt. This routine of increasing debt on an exponential scale was experienced under the administration of George H. W. Bush. I predicted increasing interest rates "to sell bonds" in my conversation with Wm. F. Buckley Jr. at that time, in 1993, and I have repeated the prediction with regard to the current Bush administration's excesses and need to sell more bonds to finance the extraordinary deficits. The rate increases will continue in order to sell the overabundant US bonds. In a few words, George Bush's debt is causing your mortgage rates to increase, and they will continue to increase until the US assumes fiscal responsibility. Click here for details on this trend.
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