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Congolese vote to end years of war and chaos
29 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Millions of Congolese will vote on Sunday in historic elections aimed at ending years of war and chaos in the heart of Africa and protected by the world's biggest U.N. peacekeeping force. From the crumbling capital Kinshasa through the thick jungles of the Congo river basin and the mist-shrouded peaks of the east, Congolese will participate in their first free ...

Source: Islamic Jihad leader killed
29 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

BEIRUT, Lebanon (CNN) -- Israel Defense Forces killed two Islamic Jihad militants in the West Bank on Saturday, one of which was the head of the group's military wing, according to Palestinian sources. The IDF did not confirm the report, but said that a gunman was killed in a gunfight near Nablus. The deaths come the day after the IDF reported that it had arrested 22 "wanted Palestinians" in the West Bank on Thursday. Diplomatic efforts to halt the violence continued in Jerusalem. ...

Pam Anderson, Kid Rock wed in St. Tropez
29 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

LOS ANGELES, California (Reuters) -- Actress Pamela Anderson has married singer Kid Rock on a yacht near the French Riviera city of St. Tropez, the celebrity magazine People said on Saturday. The former Playboy model announced her engagement to the Detroit rap-rocker, whose real name is Bob Ritchie, on her Web site last week. "Yes, I'm finally getting remarried. ... I'm in love. I'm happy," Anderson wrote on the site, www.pamelaanderson.com. Anderson, 39, and Rock, 35, whose recordi ...

Airport handling more US flights
29 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Two American flights carrying "hazardous cargoes" bound for Israel are due at Prestwick Airport to refuel this weekend. It is unclear exactly what will be on board the planes. However, campaigners fear they are carrying more hi-tech bombs to be used in the conflict in Lebanon. US President George W Bush has apologised to Tony Blair over the previous use of Prestwick Airport to refuel planes carrying bombs to Israel. The prime minister's spokesman said Mr Bush gave a "one-line" apology for t ...

Blair says Lebanon force agreement possible in days
29 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Prime Minister Tony Blair said on Saturday he believed it was possible to get agreement on a peacekeeping force for Lebanon within days and that this could clear the way for a cease-fire. Blair and U.S. President George W. Bush agreed in talks in Washington on Friday to speed up diplomacy for a U.N. resolution aimed at halting violence between Israel and Hizbollah guerrillas in Lebanon and establishing a multinational force. Asked if he believed it was possible to get ...

3 brothers among dead in New Orleans shootings
29 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

NEW ORLEANS, Louisiana (AP) -- Three brothers and a friend were killed in a neighborhood not far from the French Quarter, and a fifth person was gunned down in a separate incident hours later, authorities said Saturday. The shootings were the latest round of killings as the city struggles to rein in drug- and gang-related violence that has accompanied the recovery from Hurricane Katrina. In mid-June, Gov. Kathleen Blanco sent the Louisiana National Guard and state police to New Orleans to hel ...

Rice in Israel as Hizbollah threatens more attacks
29 Jul 2006 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Sue Pleming JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice started talks in Israel on Saturday to seek a deal on an international force to end fighting in Lebanon but Hizbollah charged her trip would only serve Israeli interests. Hizbollah leader Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah vowed more attacks on Israel's cities if it did not end an offensive launched after the guerrilla group captured two soldiers in a raid on July 12. "Rice is returning to the region to try to impose her condi ...

Murdered Somali minister buried
29 Jul 2006 source: bbc.co.uk

Hundreds of mourners in the Somali town of Baidoa have attended the burial of a minister in the transitional government a day after he was shot dead. Interim Prime Minister Ali Mohamed Ghedi said those responsible for killing minister Abdalla Derrow Issak would be found. He said security would be stepped up in Baidoa, where the government is based. Tension has increased since ministers resigned and MPs prepared a vote of no confidence against the prime minister. The vote, which was schedu ...

OMG -- UT tn XLS @ txtng
29 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

DENVER, Colorado (AP) -- A Utah teen with fingers of fury is once again the speed text-messaging king of the world. Ben Cook, 18, of Provo, returned to the top of the cell phone text-messaging heap Friday at a Denver text-off, blazing through a 160-character standardized message in 42.22 seconds. The phrase used for purposes of professional, competition texting is: "The razor-toothed piranh ...

Iran's Ahmedinejad meets 'brother' Chavez
29 Jul 2006 source: cnn.com

TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Anti-U.S. leaders Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmedinejad met in Tehran on Saturday, pledging mutual support for one another, state media reported. Chavez's two-day visit came as Iran faces renewed international criticism for its nuclear program and as a backer of Hezbollah guerrillas, engaged in fighting with Israel since they captured two Israeli soldiers July 12. The five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council on Friday reached a deal  ...

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