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Britain communicating directly with Iran on sailors
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - Britain is in "direct bilateral communication" with Iran as it tries to win the release of 15 detained sailors and marines, Defence Secretary Des Browne said on Sunday. "We are anxious that this matter be resolved as quickly as possible and that it be resolved by diplomatic means and we are bending every single effort to that," Browne told BBC television. "It's  ...

Suicide raid on Afghan army kills nine
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KABUL (Reuters) - Nine people, five of them children, were killed in a suicide bomb attack on an army convoy in Afghanistan on Sunday, police said, while the Taliban hanged three men after accusing them of spying for British troops. With the approach of spring, violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent weeks, following the bloodiest period last year since the Taliban's ousting from power in 200 ...

Protesters pelt UK embassy in Iran row
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Fredrik Dahl TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian protesters hurled stones and big firecrackers at Britain's embassy in Tehran on Sunday in a worsening crisis over 15 detained British naval personnel. No one was hurt by the small explosive devices, which went off with loud bangs and sent clouds of smoke rising from inside the compound. About 100 demonstrators chanted: "British, British, death to you, dea ...

Iranians protest outside British Embassy
1 Apr 2007 source: cnn.com

TEHRAN, Iran (CNN) -- Hundreds of Iranian students crowded outside the British Embassy in Tehran on Sunday, setting off firecrackers and hurling projectiles toward the compound, an embassy spokesman said. No one was injured and there was no damage in the protest, which continued into the late afternoon, the spokesman said. The students are protesting the alleged trespass of 15 British marines an ...

Hopes rise for truce in Somalia
1 Apr 2007 source: cnn.com

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- Mogadishu's dominant clan said Sunday it has brokered a truce with Ethiopian military officials who are supporting Somalia's government, even as mortar shells continued slamming into the capital for a fourth day. Ahmed Diriye, the Hawiye clan spokesman, said fighting in Mogadishu should end within hours. Ethiopian officials were not immediately available for comment. Somali government troops and their Ethiopian allies have been waging a fierce offensive since Thursd ...

Suicide raid on Afghan army kills 4 children
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

KABUL (Reuters) - Four children were killed in a suicide bomb attack on an Afghan army convoy in the east of the country on Sunday, police said, while Taliban guerrillas hanged three men after accusing them of spying for British troops. With the approach of spring, violence has surged in Afghanistan in recent weeks, following the bloodiest period last year since the Taliban's ouster from power in  ...

Small blasts rock UK embassy in Iran
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Edmund Blair TEHRAN (Reuters) - Several small blasts rocked the British embassy in Iran and smoke rose from inside the compound in central Tehran on Sunday during a protest over 15 detained sailors and marines, but no one was hurt. Britain said no damage had been done and no one was hurt in the protest by about 100 people. Reuters witnesses also said the blasts did not appear to do any damage,  ...

Pope's Palm Sunday message aimed at young
1 Apr 2007 source: cnn.com

VATICAN CITY (AP) -- Pope Benedict XVI, in his Palm Sunday Mass, opened the Roman Catholic Church's most solemn week by urging young people to live pure, innocent lives. This year, Holy Week also includes the second anniversary of the April 2, 2005, death of Pope John Paul II. On Monday, the Catholic Church will close one phase of its investigation into John Paul's saintliness as it keeps up the ...

Nightmare over for Guantanamo detainee
1 Apr 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - A man held at Guantanamo Bay for more than four years said on Sunday his nightmare was over and he was delighted to be back home. Foreign Secretary Margaret Beckett said last week the U.S. government had agreed to release Bisher al-Rawi, an Iraqi citizen who lived for many years in Britain, from Guantanamo and send him back to Britain. "I am delighted to be back home in England, ...

Two police officers killed in Charlotte
1 Apr 2007 source: cnn.com

CHARLOTTE, North Carolina (AP) -- Two police officers shot while struggling with a suspect outside an apartment complex died early Sunday, authorities said. Sean Clark, 34, and Jeffrey Shelton, 35, were responding to a disturbance call at the apartment complex in Charlotte late Saturday. They were shot in the parking lot, according to a statement from the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department. Clark and Shelton were taken to a hospital, where they later died. Clark had been with the police d ...

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