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Witnesses: 2 Israeli missiles hit Reuters car
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

GAZA CITY, Gaza (AP) -- Two missiles fired by Israeli aircraft early Sunday morning hit an armored car belonging to the Reuters news agency, moderately wounding two television cameramen and three bystanders, Palestinian witnesses and hospital officials said. The Israeli army said it was checking the report. According to witnesses, a Reuters cameraman and a freelance cameraman working for an Ara ...


Pulitzer winner charged with espionage
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

CHICAGO, Illinois (AP) -- A Pulitzer Prize-winning foreign correspondent for the Chicago Tribune was charged in a Sudanese court Saturday with espionage and other crimes. Paul Salopek, 44, was charged in a 40-minute hearing with espionage, passing information illegally and writing "false news," the Tribune reported on its Web site. His driver and interpreter, both Chadian nationals, faced the same charges. The three men were arrested August 6 by pro-government forces in the war-torn  ...


Hope grows for journalists' release
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

GAZA CITY, Gaza (CNN) -- The Palestinian prime minister said late Saturday that he hopes two Fox journalists kidnapped earlier this month will be released "in the coming hours," his office said. The kidnappers have promised Ismail Haniyeh, a member of Hamas who came to power earlier this year, that the journalists will not be hurt, according to Haniyeh's staff. "There is progress in the issue of the journalists, and there are promises also that they won't be harmed," Hani ...


Shuttle launch scrubbed after lightning strike
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

KENNEDY SPACE CENTER, Florida (CNN) -- The launch of space shuttle Atlantis on Sunday was scrubbed for 24 hours because of lightning striking the launch pad Friday and other weather worries, NASA announced. The launch will be tried again Monday. Sunday is the first day of the shuttle's launch window, which closes September 7. Mission managers said no other significant issues besides weather could affect the launch, said NASA test director Jeff Spaulding. On Friday, lightning struck Atlantis'  ...


Uganda's child-stealing army agrees truce
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- The Ugandan government and Lord's Resistance Army rebels agreed Saturday to a truce aimed at bringing an end to a brutal 19-year conflict that has left thousands dead, officials said. The truce, reached during peace talks in Juba in southern Sudan, is to go into effect early Tuesday (0600 GMT), officials said. Both sides agreed to lay down arms while negotiators work on a more detailed peace deal and permanent cease-fire to end what is one of Africa's longest-running w ...


Chad president orders Chevron out
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

N'DJAMENA, Chad (Reuters) -- Chad ordered U.S. energy giant Chevron and Malaysia's Petronas on Saturday to leave the country within 24 hours for failing to honor tax obligations, in a move apparently motivated by a desire to earn more from its oil. "From tomorrow, the representatives of Chevron and Petronas must leave Chad and close their offices," Idriss Deby, president of the central  ...


Oprah comforts a crybaby -- me
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

SOWETO, South Africa (CNN) -- "Hi Jeff," she said. "Glad you could make it. By the way, I watch you all the time." These were the first words Oprah uttered to me as I held out my hand to greet her stepping off her van, accompanied by her ever-efficient staff. I was floored. Oprah knows who I am? I asked myself. And I had this whole introduction thing planned out. What a woman, disarming as ever, and ever the woman in charge. I liked her from the start, even more than I d ...


Kidnappers free Iraqi woman legislator
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Kidnapped Iraqi lawmaker Tayseer al-Mashhadani was released Saturday after being held for nearly two months, officials with the Iraqi parliament said. The Sunni bloc member was traveling with eight bodyguards when gunmen in two vehicles hijacked her convoy in a middle-class Baghdad neighborhood, Iraqi police said. The motive for the abduction was unclear. Mashhadani is married with two children. An engineer by profession, she is on the reconstruction committee in parl ...


Driver kills one in New York shooting spree
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

NEW YORK (AP) -- A driver with a gun went on a shooting spree in several neighborhoods and apparently targeted victims at random, killing a man and four other people, police said Saturday. Police said they were interviewing a man they described as a "person of interest" who had been spotted in a vehicle matching the description of one being sought. The man who died was shot in the neck ...


State fights to fire trooper tied to Klan
26 Aug 2006 source: cnn.com

OMAHA, Nebraska (AP) -- Robert Henderson was not fired as a state trooper because he belonged to the Ku Klux Klan and another white supremacist group, authorities said. Instead, he was ousted because he could not uphold public trust while participating in such groups, they said. An arbitrator disagreed, ordering the State Patrol to reinstate Henderson within 60 days and pay him back wages. The state went to court Friday to keep him off the force. "The integrity of Nebraska's law enforcem ...


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