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Heat, wind feed California wildfires; body found
15 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

YUCCA VALLEY, California (AP) -- Nearly 4,000 firefighters worked in blistering heat Saturday to corral a huge complex of fires in rugged wilderness and keep them from threatening desert and mountain communities. "This is a very dangerous situation," Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said after flying over the blazes. "The weather conditions are such -- wind and a lot of heat -- it is a perfect condition for wildfires." A body was found about a mile away from the home of a man rep ...

Putin takes swipe at Blair's fundraiser
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Tom Miles ST PETERSBURG, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin took a deliberate swipe at Prime Minister Tony Blair on Saturday, turning a question about democracy into a jab at Blair's embattled fundraiser Lord Michael Levy. Levy was arrested on Wednesday and questioned in a "loans-for-Lordships" scandal, a probe into allegations that state awards had been given in return for cash. Putin was fielding reporters' questions at the end of the first day of a G8 summit in St Peter ...

Royal Navy ships being sent to Middle East
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) -Two Royal Navy ships are being sent to the Middle East amid contingency planning for a possible evacuation of British nationals from Lebanon. The Ministry of Defence said on Saturday the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious and the assault ship HMS Bulwark were being sent to the region as the conflict escalates. But a ministry spokeswoman stressed, "They have been given no specific tasking and this is simply a prudent part of our contingency planning." HMS Illustrious is current ...

Israel kills 35 civilians in strikes
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Laila Bassam BEIRUT (Reuters) - Israel killed 35 civilians on Saturday, including 15 children, in air strikes meant to punish Lebanon for letting Hizbollah guerrillas menace the Jewish state's northern border. Hizbollah rockets struck deeper into Israel than ever, wounding eight people in the Sea of Galilee town of Tiberias, and wounding 15 other people across northern Israel. Israel's bombing of Lebanese roads, bridges, ports and airports, as well as Hizbollah targets, is its most destruc ...

British woman trapped in Beirut
15 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

A drug counsellor from the north-east of England trapped in Lebanon by Israeli air strikes has said she fears for her life. Clair Vainola, 31, from Newcastle, has been working in the capital Beirut since last November. She said she was just sitting in a hotel and waiting, and had heard nothing from the British government. The Foreign Office has urged British citizens to keep a low profile and warned against travelling there.  ...

UN council imposes sanctions on North Korea
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted a resolution on Saturday imposing weapons-related sanctions on North Korea and condemning Pyongyang's flurry of missile tests on July 5. North Korea immediately rejected the resolution. Its U.N. Ambassador Pak Gil Yon said Pyongyang's missile development served "to keep the balance of force and preserving peace and stability in Northeast Asia." The resolution after days of haggling among council members ...

North Korea "totally rejects" U.N. missiles vote
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - North Korea "totally rejects" the U.N. Security Council resolution condemning its recent series of missile tests, its U.N. ambassador said on Saturday. "It is clear to everyone that there is no need for the Democratic People's Republic of Korea to unilaterally put on hold the missile launches under such situation," Ambassador Pak Gil Yon told the council following the vote, using his country's formal name. The measure had "the despicable aim of isolating and putting  ...

UN Council imposes sanctions on N. Korea
15 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. Security Council voted unanimously on Saturday to impose weapons-related sanctions on North Korea in response to its flurry of missile tests earlier this month. The resolution demands that North Korea suspend "all activities" on its ballistic missile programs. It requires all U.N. members to prevent imports from or exports to North Korea of missiles and missile-related items as well as materials that could be used in weapons of mass destru ...

British take Taleban stronghold
15 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

British troops in Afghanistan have undertaken their biggest operation since the fall of the Taleban in 2001. Three hundred soldiers - backed by hundreds of American and Canadian troops - have taken control of Sangin in the southern province of Helmand. Six British troops have been killed in or near the town in recent weeks. Military chiefs earlier defended their decision to call in US planes to drop 500lb bombs on Taleban fighters in the nearby town of Nawzad. Afghan president Hamid Karzai  ...

UN votes for N Korean sanctions
15 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

The UN Security Council has unanimously voted to impose sanctions on North Korea following recent missile tests. The resolution called on Pyongyang to halt its ballistic missile programme. The council had been split over US insistence the resolution be adopted under Chapter Seven of the UN Charter, which authorises the use of force. The move comes after North Korea test-fired seven missiles including a long-range Taepodong-2 - believed to be capable of reaching Alaska. "The council has acte ...

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