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Fatah deploys new W Bank militia
3 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A new militia loyal to Palestinian head Mahmoud Abbas has taken up positions in the West Bank town of Jenin. This comes a few weeks after the Hamas-led government deployed its own new force in Gaza. The commander of the new militia said it would support the official forces. But the Hamas deputy PM Nasser Shaer has denounced it as "unacceptable". Correspondents say the creation of the militia is likely to worsen tensions between Hamas and Mr Abbas' Fatah. The head of the new force, Ata Abu  ...

Neill picked to fight by-election
3 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

London Assembly Tory leader Bob Neill has been picked to fight the Bromley and Chislehurst by-election. Mr Neill beat off a challenge from two candidates from Tory leader David Cameron's controversial A-list - Julia Manning and MEP Syed Kamall. The by-election, which will be held on 29 June, was called after the death of MP Eric Forth from cancer last month. Mr Forth's widow Carroll was one of seven candidates eliminated at the first stage of the selection contest. Traditionalist Mr Fort ...

Grateful Dead keyboardist dead at 5|
3 Jun 2006 source: cnn.com

LOS ANGELES, California (AP) -- Vince Welnick, the Grateful Dead's last keyboard player and a veteran of several other bands, including the Tubes and Missing Man Formation, has died at age 51, the Grateful Dead's longtime publicist confirmed Saturday. Welnick died Friday, said Dennis McNally, who declined to release the cause. Welnick lived in the northern California town of Forestville, but McNally did not know if he died at home or in a hospital. "His service to and love for the Gratef ...

Big top stars under fire from animal-welfare groups
3 Jun 2006 source: cnn.com

NEW YORK (AP) -- With their colorful headgear and repertoire of tricks, they're top-billed stars of The Greatest Show on Earth. But away from the arena, the Asian elephants used in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus are at the heart of perhaps the most bitter animal-care fight around, one that's dragged through court for six years already and is inching toward a trial. It's a heavyweight bout, pitting America's biggest circus against some of the most influential animal-welfare  ...

Russian arms arrive in Venezuela
3 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Venezuela has received its first delivery of tens of thousands of Russian assault rifles. It is the first batch out of a total of 100,000 Kalashnikov rifles which Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has ordered from Moscow. Venezuela's military is undergoing a profound transformation, with a major recruitment drive and new technology. The move is likely to worry the US, which regards Mr Chavez as a destabilising influence in the region. Most defence experts agree that President Chavez needs t ...

Defiant Iran agrees to study deal
3 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Iran will never bargain away its "legitimate and legal right" to produce nuclear fuel, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said. But he added that Tehran would study proposals from Europe and America, Russia and China and decide according to national interest. The proposals are due to be delivered by a top European official within days. They aim to persuade Iran to abandon nuclear work, which some fear is aimed at ultimately producing a nuclear bomb. Mr Ahmadinejad was speaking at the ...

Police search for chemical bomb
3 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Michael Holden and Katherine Baldwin LONDON (Reuters) - Anti-terrorist officers searched a house and two workplaces on Saturday for traces of a possible chemical bomb they fear could be used in an attack in Britain. The search followed a police raid on the house in the east of the capital a day earlier in which a 23-year-old suspect was shot and wounded. Behind a wall of plastic sheeting, police scoured the house in an ethnically mixed area of east London for signs of toxins or explosives  ...

Basra car bomb kills at least 28|
3 Jun 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A car bomb has left at least 28 people dead and another 62 wounded in the southern Iraqi city of Basra. Police said the explosion took place in the main market place in the old part of the port city. The blast came just days after Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki visited the city and declared a state of emergency to try to impose calm. The premier has vowed to crack down on gangs in the city who he said were threatening the country's oil exports. A large number of people were shopping in t ...

Glaxo drug slows breast cancer in study
3 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Lisa Richwine ATLANTA (Reuters) - An experimental drug added to chemotherapy slowed aggressive, late-stage breast cancers that resumed growing despite standard treatment with the drug Herceptin, U.S. researchers said on Saturday. The drug, Tykerb, by GlaxoSmithKline, also showed potential to help some patients with advanced kidney cancer, another study showed. Glaxo hopes to begin selling the drug next year, but must await regulatory approval. Industry analysts predict it could become a mu ...

Ahmadinejad says Iran will consider atomic proposals
3 Jun 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will consider a set of incentives from six top world powers urging it to stop making atomic fuel, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday, but insisted the crux of the package was still unacceptable. "We will not pass judgement on the proposals hastily," he told a crowd at the tomb of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, spiritual father of the 1979 Islamic revolution, saying the package would receive due consideration. "But using nuclear technology for production of nuc ...

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