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10.30.06 Up to 80 killed in Bajaur operation: Shaukat Sultan
RAWALPINDI, Pakistan, October 30 Pakistanıs security forces in an operation killed up to 80 militants in Bajaur Agency, the chief military spokesman confirmed here on Monday. In news briefing at ISPR headquarters here military spokesman Major General Shaukat Sultan said the madrassa at Khar area of Bajaur tribal region was run by Maulvi Liaquat. "We had information that the madrassa was a militant training camp," he said.
10.28.06 Rioting youths burn hundreds of cars in France
CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, France (AP) October 28 Marauding youths torched hundreds of vehicles overnight and on Saturday in renewed violence coinciding with the first anniversary of riots that exposed a deep schism between poor North African immigrants and mainstream France. A group of teenagers set one bus on fire Saturday in the southern French port city of Marseille, seriously wounding a passenger. Three others suffered from smoke inhalation, police said. Two other public buses and 277 vehicles around the country were burned overnight, police said. Six police were injured and 47 people were arrested, ministry officials said. Still the Interior Ministry described the night as ³relative calm,² noting that up to 100 cars are torched by youths in troubled neighborhoods on an average night. [More>>msnbc.msn.com]
10.28.06 Mexico sends forces to violent city
OAXACA, Mexico (AP) October 28 President Vicente Fox announced Saturday he was sending federal police into the violence-wracked southern state capital of Oaxaca after a US journalist and at least two Mexican men were killed by gunfire. The clashes occurred Friday as leftist protesters barricaded streets as part of a five-month-old campaign to oust the governor. Fox's office issued a declaration saying that the federal forces would concentrate in Oaxaca city on Saturday. His office later clarified that he was referring to federal police, not troops, but did not specify how many were being sent. [More>>cnn.com]
10.27.06 Kuwaitis still getting payouts for damage of 1990 Iraqi invasion
October 27 Fifteen years after the first Gulf War, and three years after the overthrow of Saddam Hussein, a UN commission is still paying out hundreds of millions of dollars in compensation to the victims of the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait. The latest payments, totalling $417.8m (£220m), were made yesterday to governments and oil companies for losses and damages stemming from the Kuwaiti occupation, bringing the total paid out to more than $21bn (£11bn). The total claims that have been approved run to $52bn (£27.5bn) and will take many more years to complete.
10.27.06 Malaysian minister placates US couple harassed by Islamic officials
KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) October 27 Malaysiaıs tourism minister was to meet and placate an elderly American couple harassed by Muslim religious officials on the northern tourist island of Langkawi, a report said on Friday. Randall Barnhart, 62, and his wife Carole, 61, were rudely awakened in their rented apartment in the early hours of the morning earlier this month by religious officials conducting a raid on "khalwat" couples.
10.27.06 Building a wall around US a 'huge error': Mexican president-elect
OTTAWA, October 26 The United States committed a "huge error" in choosing to build a wall between itself and its southern neighbor, Mexico`s president-elect Felipe Calderon said Thursday during a state visit to Canada, comparing it with the Berlin Wall. "The wall will not solve any problem. Humanity made a huge mistake by building the Berlin Wall, and I believe that today the United States is committing a grave error in building the wall on our border," he said. US President George W. Bush on Thursday signed into law a bill authorizing construction of a 1,100-kilometer (700-mile) fence along a third of the US border with Mexico. Some 1.2 billion dollars in funding were earmarked for the fence, in a bid to stanch the steady flow of illegal immigrants into the United States. [More>>turkishpress.com]
10.27.06 Fourteen killed in Afghan blast
October 27 A bomb blast has struck a minibus in Afghanistan's southern province of Uruzgan, killing 14 passengers, mostly children and elderly people. Qayoom Qayoomi, a provincial government spokesman, said the bus was travelling to the provincial capital of Tirin Kot on Friday when it hit a bomb planted in the road. "Fourteen civilians, mostly elders and children, were killed in the blast and three were wounded," he said. [More>>aljazeera.net]
10.27.06 Iraqi police, fighters in deadly clash
October 27 Intense house-to-house fighting between fighters and Iraqi police north of Baghdad has killed 43 people, including 24 officers, the US military said. Iraqi officials, however, said 12 Iraqi officers were killed. US soldiers later joined the fight, aiding in a counter-attack that left 18 fighters dead, the US military said on Friday. Police fought back and US soldiers nearby were diverted from another mission, assisted by air cover. One Iraqi civilian was also killed, eight fighters wounded, and 27 others captured, the military said. [More>>aljazeera.net]
10.27.06 US economic growth slowed in 3rd quarter
October 27 The economy grew more slowly in the third quarter than at any time since early 2003, held back by a deflating housing market. The Commerce Department reported this morning that the nationıs total output of goods and services expanded at an annual rate of just 1.6 percent in the three months ended Sept. 30. That preliminary estimate compares with a revised rate of 2.6 percent in the second quarter and the robust 5.6 percent rate recorded in the first. The figures are seasonally adjusted. The slowdown in the third quarter was worse than economists were expecting. The consensus forecast compiled by Bloomberg News was for 2 percent growth. [More>>nytimes.com]
10.26.06 Argentina demands arrest of Rafsanjani in Jewish center bombing
BUENOS AIRES, October 26 Argentine prosecutors charged Iran and Hezbollah militia with the 1994 bombing of a Jewish charities office in Argentina that killed 85 people and injured 300. Prosecutors demanded an international arrest warrant for then-Iranian president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani and six other top Iranian officials at the time of the attack, and a former Hezbollah foreign security service chief, Imad Fayez Moughnieh.
10.26.06 NATO says Taleban using civilians as shields, as high toll feared
KABUL (AFP) October 26 The NATO force in Afghanistan Thursday accused the Taleban of using civilians as human shields, as authorities scrambled to verify reports that at least 60 people were killed in military strikes. The International Security Assistance Force said it could not say how many civilians were killed in a series of operations in the southern province of Kandahar late Tuesday, but was helping Afghan authorities to find out. ISAF said late Wednesday that 48 Taleban were killed in three engagements, including air strikes, in Kandaharıs Panjwayi area late Tuesday. However, the chief of Panjwayi district, Niaz Mohammad Sarhadi, said he had reports that about 60 locals were killed in aerial bombing that also destroyed a number of houses. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
10.26.06 Police, marines die in Iraq attacks
October 26 At least four US marines and one US sailor have died in fighting in Iraq's volatile al-Anbar province, while 11 policemen were also killed in attacks north of Baghdad. The US military said in a statement that the five military personnel all died from wounds suffered in attacks on Wednesday in the western province. The latest deaths have pushed October's death toll to 96, the highest for US forces since the same month last year when the same number were killed. US officials have attributed the higher death toll to a spike in violence during the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, which ended this week, as well as additional patrols launched as part of a security drive in Baghdad. [More>>aljazeera.net]
10.26.06 Mufti outrages Muslims over sex comments
SYDNEY, October 27 Australia's Muslims yesterday turned on their leader, Sheik Taj Din al-Hilali, amid calls for him to be sacked as the nation's mufti for blaming women for inciting rape. Sheik Hilali was universally condemned by mainstream politicians and Muslim leaders nationwide and could even face a revolt from within his tight-knit community over the Ramadan sermon in which he likened immodestly dressed women to meat and suggested rape victims were as much to blame as their attackers.
10.26.06 Debate over Islamic veil masks issues of integratiion
LONDON (AFP) October 26 Britain is the latest European country to become embroiled in a row over the full-face veil, which reflects wider issues about the extent and nature of Muslim integration into Western society. With Muslim clothing becoming more visible in recent years, most "Old Europe" countries like Italy, France, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium, have all had to address the same question to varying degrees.
10.26.06 EU launches wide-ranging anti-terror project
BRUSSELS (AFP) October 26 The European Union has announced the launch of a wide-ranging bloc-wide anti-terror project aimed at tackling terrorist financing, investigating the causes of violent radicalization and protecting key infrastructure against attacks. The European Commission is putting nine million euros (11.4 million dollars) into the fighting fund this year and plans to more than double the figure to 20 million euros annually from 2007. [More>>turkishpress.com]
10.26.06 Home price drop is largest in 35 years
WASHINGTON (AP) October 26 The median price of a new home plunged in September by the largest amount in more than 35 years, even as the pace of sales rebounded for a second month. The Commerce Department reported that the median price for a new home sold in September was $217,100, a drop of 9.7 percent from September 2005. It was the lowest median price for a new home since September 2004 and the sharpest year-over-year decline since December 1970. The weakness in new home prices was even sharper than a 2.5 percent fall in the price of existing homes last month, which had been the biggest drop on record.
10.25.06 US, Iraqi forces raid Shia stronghold of Sadr City
BAGHDAD (AP) October 25 US and Iraqi forces on Wednesday raided Sadr City, the stronghold of the Shia militia led by radical anti-American cleric Muqtada Al Sadr, but Prime Minister Nouri Al Maliki disavowed the operation, saying he had not been consulted and insisting that it will not be repeated. The defiant Al Maliki also slammed the top US military and diplomatic representatives in Iraq for their Tuesday press conference, at which they said Iraq needed to set a timetable to curb violence ravaging the country. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad said Al Maliki had agreed. "I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it," Al Maliki said at a news conference...At least four people were killed and 18 injured in the overnight fighting in the overwhelmingly Shia eastern district known as Sadr City, according to Col. Khazim Abbas, a local police commander, and Qassim Al Suwaidi, director of the areaıs Imam Ali Hospital. The US military said Iraqi army special forces, backed up by US advisers, carried out a raid to capture a top illegal armed group commander directing widespread death squad activity throughout eastern Baghdad,ı the military said in a statement...[Full story>>khaleejtimes.com] ; See related articles, thestar.com.my, October 25, "Iraq PM bristles over US raid on Shi'ite militia" and time.com, October 25, "Ethnic cleansing in Baghdad?"]
10.25.06 NATO troops kill 38 insurgents in southern Afghanistan
KANDAHAR, October 25 NATO soldiers have killed 38 Taliban rebels in strikes against militants returning to infiltrate an area of southern Afghanistan that has seen previous heavy clashes, the force says. Afghan authorities in the Zhari and Panjwayi districts of southern Kandahar province the birthplace of the fundamentalist Taliban movement confirmed there had been heavy bombardments late Tuesday. "In two separate engagements we killed 38 insurgents yesterday through very careful targeting against specific groups of insurgents trying to infiltrate back into Zhari and Panjwayi," a spokesman for the NATO force was quoted as saying. [More>>thenews.com.pk]
10.25.06 US draws link between Iraq war and Musharraf
NEW YORK, October 25 The US is not looking for an exit strategyı on Iraq, one of the reasons being that what happens in that country will have an impact on the future of Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. In the eyes of the Bush Administration, Musharraf, America's favourite ally in the war against terrorism, is seen as someone who "in effect puts his life on the line every day" because he is working with the US intelligence in tackling Al-Qaeda.
10.25.06 Bush acknowledges setbacks in Iraq
WASHINGTON, October 25 President Bush said Wednesday that he is concerned about the situation in Iraq, but it is "critical" that U.S. troops remain there and oust the insurgents. "The events of the past month have been a serious concern to me and a serious concern to the American people," Bush said in a White House news conference. But the president flatly rejected the idea that troops should be withdrawn on a fixed timetable and said benchmarks were a better way to manage troop levels. "If I did not think our mission in Iraq was vital to America's security, I'd bring our troops home tomorrow," Bush said.
10.24.06 Shia militia hunts down shia police in Iraqi city as army stands aside
BAGHDAD (AP) October 24 Militiamen loyal to an anti-American cleric re-emerged in the southern city of Amarah, hunting down and killing four policemen from a rival militia in a brutal Shia-on-Shia settling of scores. The Iraqi army set up a few roadblocks but did not interfere in the movement of Muqtada al-Sadrıs Mahdi Army fighters after police fled the streets. The latest attacks Monday came despite a public call by Al Sadr to halt the tribal vendetta, suggesting that splinter groups were developing within his militia.
10.16.06 Seven killed, 6 injured in suicide attacks in Afghanistan
KABUL, October 16 A series of Taliban-linked attacks across Afghanistan left seven people dead, as the Italian government said it believed a missing freelance photojournalist had been kidnapped. The unrest was all linked to the extremist Taliban movement that is waging a deadly insurgency, but a purported spokesman for the rebel group said Sunday it was not involved in the disappearance of Italian journalist Gabriele Torsello...In the volatile southern city of Kandahar meanwhile unknown gunmen opened fire on provincial legislator Mohammad Younis Hussaini after he left his home and was heading for the office, a doctor at a hospital in the city said. Three of his companions were hurt in the attack, said Mohammad Tahir at Mirwais hospital where the wounded were being treated. [Full story>>thenews.com.pk]
10.16.06 Deadly violence wracks Iraq
BAGHDAD (AFP) October 16 Around 28 Iraqis were killed on Monday as violence continued to wrack a country in the grip of a deadly sectarian conflict and a brutal revolt against the US-backed government. In the deadliest single incident, a car bomb exploded outside a bank in the small town of Suweira, on the banks of the Tigris southeast of the capital in an area plagued by tit-for-tat killings between Sunnis and Shiites. Major Mohammed Hassan of the Suweira police said 15 civilians had been killed in the massive blast outside the Rafidain Bank and 35 wounded. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
10.16.06 Gloomy outlook for Islamist parties
JAKARTA, Indonesia, October 16 The future of political Islam remains bleak in Indonesia, with fewer than one in 10 Muslims saying they would still vote for Islamic parties in the next election, a survey revealed Sunday. But the polling conducted by the Indonesian Survey Institute (LSI) shows religious radicalism and extremism remain strong in the nation with the world's largest Muslim population. The survey of 1,092 Muslims found only 9 percent would choose Islamic parties if the elections were held today. [More>>thejakartapost.com]
10.15.06 Forty-six Iraqi Sunnis killed in revenge rampage
BAGHDAD (AP) October 15 Suspected Shiite militiamen killed at least 46 Sunni Arabs in a weekend rampage of revenge killing in a city north of Baghdad, an Interior Ministry official said Sunday, raising the toll in the latest sectarian bloodletting there to 63. A string of bombings in the northern city of Kirkuk killed 10 people, including two girls who died when a man detonated explosives strapped to his body in front of the al-Mallimin girls high school in downtown Kirkuk, police officials said. [More>>nytimes.com]
10.15.06 Five dead in attacks across Afghanistan
KABUL, October 15 A series of Taliban-linked attacks across Afghanistan Sunday left five people dead. In the western city of Herat, a bomb exploded near a convoy of men believed to be US nationals who trained police. No US casualties reported in the incident but two Afghan nationals were killed and another wounded. Police in the eastern province of Khost reported that hundreds of rebels attacked a police checkpost, in which three policemen were killed and one injured. [>thenews.com.pk]
10.15.06 US presses China to influence North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) October 15 The US ambassador to the United Nations said Sunday that China had a "heavy responsibility" to influence North Korea's behavior and urged Beijing to heed a U.N. resolution intended to punish the North for its claimed nuclear test. John Bolton also said North Korea's Oct. 9 detonation amounted to a public humiliation for China, the North's major ally and supplier of crucial shipments of food and energy aid. If China were to cut that support, Bolton said, it "would be powerfully persuasive in Pyongyang," the North's capital. "They've not yet been willing to do it. I think that China has a heavy responsibility here." [More>>nytimes.com ; See related story, xinhuanet.com, "China: UN move should help peaceful resolution of Korean nuclear issue" : BEIJING (Xinhua) October 15 China hopes the UN Security Council will move to indicate the firm stand of the international community and help create conditions for peaceful solution of the Korean nuclear issue, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao said Sunday. Liu made the remark when commenting on the UN Security Council resolution concerning the nuclear test conducted by the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) on October 9.
10.15.06 Tunisia moves against headscarves
CAIRO, October 15 The Tunisian authorities have launched a campaign against the Islamic veil worn by some women to cover their hair. Police are applying with renewed vigour a decree dating back to 1981 which prohibits women from wearing Islamic headscarves in public places. In recent days, senior officials have hit out at what they describe as sectarian dress worn by people who use religion to hide political aims. Human rights groups say the move is unconstitutional.
10.14.06 Conflict between Moslems and others increases
October 14 Recent articles show how the conflict between Moslems and the nations where they live is increasing. A pharmicist in Britian refused to dispense medication and in the US, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Somalie cab drivers are refusing to pick up passengers carrying liquor or heading to liquor stores:
10.14.06 Iraq violence leaves many dead
October 14 At least 27 people have been killed and many more injured in separate incidents in Iraq. Seven of those killed were found decapitated and dumped north of Baghdad in what appeared to be a sectarian revenge killing, police said on Saturday. The decapitated bodies were found in an orchard in the city of Duluiyah, 75km north of Baghdad. Three of the corpses had been among a group of 17 construction workers kidnapped on Thursday while travelling home to the predominantly Shia town of Balad, police said. The corpses of the other 14 workers were found earlier on Friday, also all beheaded. [More>>aljazeera.net ; See other versions: Khaleejtimes.com (AP) October 14, "17 bodies found north of Baghdad," and thenews.com.pk, October 14, "Iraq 26 bodies found, 10 from one family."]
10.14.06 Report: Hamas operatives call for attacks on US targets
October 14 Hamas operatives have been pushing their leadership to authorize attacks on US targets throughout the Middle East, TIME magazine reported on Friday. According to the N.Y.-based publication, operatives attending a recent meeting of the Islamic group called for strikes against American targets as a response to what they called the Bush administration's hostile policy towards them. Hamas has previously refrained from attacking U.S. targets. Last week, A US volunteer, Michael Philips, was kidnapped near the West Bank village of Nablus and released a day later unharmed by a previously unknown Palestinian group. [More>>haaretz.com ; See time.com October 13 article, "New calls by Hamas militants to target the US."]
10.14.06 Suicide bomb in Afghanistan kills nine
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AFP) October 13 A suicide car bomb hit a NATO convoy in Afghanistan's southern city of Kandahar Friday, killing a foreign soldier and eight civilians in the latest in a campaign of Taliban attacks. The US convoy was traveling through town to a nearby area where International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) soldiers killed 20 Taliban insurgents a day earlier in a battle involving artillery and war planes. "A vehicle-borne suicide bomber killed eight Afghan civilians in an attack on an ISAF convoy traveling in Kandahar City," an ISAF statement said, adding that two ISAF soldiers and several civilians were also wounded. [More>>metimes.com]
10.13.06 Lakes and more lakes
October 12 In this image taken by the Cassini radar system, a previously unseen style of lakes is revealed. The lakes here assume complex shapes and are among the darkest seen so far on Titan. The lake at the left is reminiscent both in form and scale of the flooded drainage system, Lake Powell in Utah and Arizona. However, the Titan lake has been filled with liquid methane and ethane rather than water. In the lake at right, older terrain may have been deeply cut by river valleys before it was flooded by the embaying lake. For a different radar view from the same flyby see "Titan's Great Lakes?" .
10.13.06 Sadr bids to rein in militia as Iraq violence rages
BAGHDAD (AFP) October 13 Radical cleric Moqtada Al Sadr ordered his Shiite militia not to take part in the wave of sectarian bloodshed sweeping Iraq Friday, as dozens more Iraqis fell to sectarian death squads. Police found the corpses of 36 murder victims on Baghdad's streets Thursday, according to the US-led coalition, after what a military spokesman dubbed a "tremendous spike" in killings in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Iraqi police said that another 14 corpses had been found in a plantation north of the capital, where gunmen had rounded up workers and shot them in the head. Most of the murders are thought to have been carried out by the death squads that roam Iraq, killing with virtual impunity on behalf of the Sunni and Shiite factions vying for control..."There are rumors that there are groups or persons from the Mehdi Army attacking the Iraqi people with no right to do so," Sadr said in a statement bearing his signature distributed by his office in the shrine city of Najaf. "It is not proved so far but, if proved, I will declare their names and will renounce them with no fear or hesitation," he said... [Full story>>metimes.com]
10.13.06 Army chief: I stand by my call for troops to leave Iraq
October 13 The head of the British Army today insisted today that he would not withdraw his call for British troops to leave Iraq soon, as his candid comments were met with astonishment across the political spectrum. General Sir Richard Dannatt denied that he was at odds with the Prime Minister and said that "a tremendous amount" had been made of his comments in which he warned that the continued presence of British soldiers in Iraq had exacerbated bloodshed at home and abroad.
10.13.06 Ney pleads guilty over Abramoff bribes
WASHINGTON (AP) October 13 Rep. Bob Ney pleaded guilty Friday in the Jack Abramoff influence-peddling investigation, the first lawmaker to confess to crimes in a scandal that has stained the Republican-controlled Congress and the Bush administration. Standing before Judge Ellen S. Huvelle, Ney pleaded guilty to conspiracy and making false statements. He acknowledged taking money, gifts and favors in return for official actions on behalf of Abramoff and his clients. The 52-year-old lawmaker faces a maximum of 10 years in prison. Huvelle said prosecutors had agreed to recommend a term of 27 months, and said federal guidelines suggest a fine of between $5,000 and $60,000. [More>>nytimes.com ; See related story, msnbc.msn.com, October 14, "Report says nonprofits sold clout to Abramoff."]
10.13.06 Indonesia appeals for smog help
October 13 Indonesia has appealed for help in fighting forest and brush fires that have spread smoke over much of Southeast Asia, as environment ministers from five regional neighbors meet in the country for talks. Ministers from Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and Brunei are due to hold talks in Pekanbaru, the capital of Indonesia's Riau province. The province itself is badly affected by the raging fires. Indonesia's neighbors are frustrated over Jakarta's inability to deal with the annual dry season blazes. In past weeks they have caused serious air pollution across the region, particularly in Malaysia and Singapore. "We are asking for assistance in terms of equipment or expertise. We will see what they can offer to us," Malam Sambat Kaban, Indonesia's forestry minister, said on Friday.
10.13.06 Hundreds of Palestinians riot over Temple Mount restrictions
October 13 Hundreds of Palestinians rioted outside Jerusalem on Friday morning to protest restrictions on Palestinian entry to the Temple Mount for Friday prayers during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. Palestinians hurled rocks and bottles at Border Police officers manning the Atarot and A-Ram checkpoints north of Jerusalem and two checkpoints south of Jerusalem. The Border Police dispersed the Palestinians with rubber bullets, batons and stun grenades. There were no injuries reported.
10.13.06 Eight suspects held over rocket plot
ISLAMABAD (AFP) October 13 Pakistani security forces have arrested eight militants with suspected links to al-Qaeda for an attempted rocket blitz in and around Islamabad, Interior Minister Aftab Sherpao has said. Authorities have also seized other rockets, grenades, explosives and hundreds of sniper rifle rounds in the arrests at undisclosed locations in Pakistan, Mr. Sherpao has said. Mr. Sherpao has not given the identity of the detainees but he has said "indications are that they had links with Al-Qaeda," while another official has said they had visited Afghanistan. "They are all Pakistanis, they are in police custody, we will disclose their names in due course," he has said. [More>>theaustralian.news.com.au]
10.12.06 Gunmen storm Iraqi TV station, kill 11
BAGHDAD (Reuters) October 12 Gunmen stormed the offices of a new satellite channel in Baghdad on Thursday and killed 11 employees in the biggest attack yet on media in Iraq. Iraqi media organizations, government-run or funded by religious or political groups, are frequent targets for militant groups as attacks by Sunni Arab insurgents and sectarian death squads continue to convulse the country. Elsewhere in Baghdad, a string of bomb blasts killed at least eight people, police said. Hassan Kamil, executive manager of Shaabiya satellite channel, said gunmen raided the stationıs office in eastern Zayouna district at 7 a.m. (0400 GMT), killing guards, technicians and administrative staff. [More>>khaleejtimes.com]
10.12.06 DPRK reiterates willingness to realize denuclearization
PYONGYANG (Xinhua) October 11 A spokesman for the DPRK Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday that the country remained unchanged in its will to denuclearize the peninsula through dialogue and negotiation, despite this week testing a nuclear weapon. He said that the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula was late President Kim Il Sung's last instruction and an ultimate goal of the DPRK. "The DPRK has exerted every possible effort to settle the nuclear issue through dialogue and negotiations, prompted by its sincere desire to realize the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula," he said. The DPRK would "feel no need" to possess a single nuclear weapon if the United States "dropped its hostile policy toward the DPRK" and "confidence" was built between the two countries, said the spokesman. [More>>xinhuanet.com]
10.12.06 Briton admits bomb plot against NY exchange
LONDON (Reuters) October 12 A Briton arrested amid a massive US security alert two years ago admitted in a London court on Thursday to plotting to blow up financial targets in the United States and carry out "dirty bomb" attacks in Britain. Dhiren Barot, a Muslim convert, admitted to plotting to blow up the headquarters of the New York Stock Exchange, International Monetary Fund, World Bank, Citigroup and Prudential in Washington, New Jersey and New York. "Explosions at these premises were clearly designed to kill as many people as possible," said prosecuting lawyer Edmund Lawson.
10.12.06 French MPs outrage Turkey by approving genocide bill
October 12 French MPs have today approved a Bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that Turkish massacres of Armenians in 1915-17 constituted genocide, causing embarrassment to the French Government and outrage in Turkey. Deputies in the National Assembly voted 106-19 for the bill, which if signed into law, would punish denial with a maximum one-year prison term and a fine of up to €45,000 (£30,000). After the vote, the French government stressed that it valued close ties with Turkey and said that it would continue to oppose the motion, which needs to be ratified by the upper house Senate.
10.12.06 Moscow banker shot dead in professional contract hit
October 12 The wave of contract killings sweeping Russia has continued with the latest victim being murdered, execution-style, in the hallway of his apartment block. Alexander Plokhin, 58, a bank manager at the state-owned Vneshtorgbank, was shot dead on Tuesday night as he returned home to his riverside apartment and stepped out of the lift. He was killed by a single shot to his head. Police say they have no doubt his murder was a professional hit.
10.11.06 N. Korea warns of 'physical' retaliation; South may bolster military
SEOUL (AFP) October 11 North Korea warned on Wednesday it would physically retaliate to increased US pressure on the communist regime, while South Korea reportedly prepared for a possible nuclear conflict amid spiralling tensions in Asia. "If the US keeps pestering us and increases pressure, we will regard it as a declaration of war and will take a series of physical corresponding measures," the Northıs Foreign Ministry said in a statement carried by the official Korean Central News Agency. "We are ready for both dialogue and confrontation," the North said.
10.11.06 Bush says US does not plan to attack North Korea
WASHINGTON (AP) October 11 President Bush called Wednesday for stiff sanctions on North Korea for its reported nuclear test and asserted that the United States has ''no intention of attacking'' the reclusive regime. In a Rose Garden news conference, Bush said the United States remains committed to diplomacy, but also "reserves all options to defend our friends in the region." He also vowed increased military cooperation with allies, including bolstering ballistic missile defenses in the region and increased efforts to prevent Pyongyang from importing missile and nuclear technology.
10.11.06 FBI agents still lacking Arabic skills
October 11 Five years after Arab terrorists attacked the United States, only 33 FBI agents have even a limited proficiency in Arabic, and none of them work in the sections of the bureau that coordinate investigations of international terrorism, according to new FBI statistics.
10.11.06 US student kidnapped in West Bank, boss says
NABLUS, West Bank (AP) October 11 An American student teaching in West Bank refugee camps was reported missing Wednesday, and his project manager said he had been kidnapped. A blurred copy of a passport and student card carrying the name Michael Leighton Phillips was obtained by The Associated Press in Gaza. Palestinian security said they did not know of such a group and could not confirm that the American had been abducted. Samah Atout, manager of Project Hope, said she received a call saying Phillips had been kidnapped. She refused to give further details. [More>>cnn.com]
10.11.06 655,000 Iraqis have died as a result of invasion: study
PARIS, October 11 US researchers estimate that 655,000 Iraqis, or around one in 40 of the Iraq population, have died as a result of the 2003 invasion of their country, according to a study to be published on Thursday by the British journal The Lancet. In October 2004, a paper also published in The Lancet calculated that almost 100,000 deaths had occurred in Iraq between March 2003 and September 2004 as a result of violence and heart attack and aggravated health problems. Updating this, a team led by Gilbert Burnham of Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, Maryland, sought to make an estimate of deaths in the post-invasion period from March 2003 to June 2006, and compared the mortality before the invasion, from January 2002 to January 2003. [More>>turkishpress.com]
10.11.06 Egypt reports new human case of bird flu
CAIRO (AFP) October 11 The Egyptian health ministry said Wednesday that it had detected a new case of the H5N1 strain of bird flu, the first since May, the official news agency MENA reported. Hanan Abul Magd, 39, from the northern delta province of Gharbiya was tested positive for bird flu after suffering from high fever and shortness of breath. Her case brings to 15 the total number of human bird flu cases since the virus was first detected in February in Egypt. Six cases turned out to be fatal and eight people recovered after being treated with Tamiflu. [More>>metimes.com]
10.11.06 Baghdad: Mortars destroy US ammo dump
October 11 A blaze that destroyed an ammunition dump at a US military base in Baghdad was caused by a mortar attack, a US spokesman has said. Iraqi officials said that shells "cooking off" in the fire had crashed down in five districts in the south of the city. The munitions store in Forward Operating Base Falcon was still burning Wednesday, more than 13 hours after the strike set off a blaze that lit up the night sky and spread panic in the Iraqi capital. State television showed live pictures of the blazing inferno and ordnance exploding skywards.
05.23.06 Architect of New War on the West and Bin Laden via As-Sahab website
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