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Gaza rivals pull back, free some hostages
4 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Gunmen began withdrawing from Gaza's streets, some hostages were released and many shops reopened on Sunday as a shaky cease-fire appeared to be taking hold in factional fighting between Hamas and Fatah, residents said. Local police took up positions at main intersections after a tense morning in which mortar bombs exploded near the offices of President Mahmou ...

Ireland survive Welsh test
4 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

CARDIFF (Reuters) - Six Nations favourites Ireland survived a fierce Welsh challenge before emerging 19-9 winners in a breathless encounter at the Millennium Stadium on Sunday. Ireland got a dream start when captain Brian O'Driscoll charged down a Stephen Jones kick and hooker Rory Best scooped up the ball to score after 45 seconds but injury-hit Wales battled back to control possession and earn  ...

Seven held over London ice rink shooting
4 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

LONDON (Reuters) - Seven people have been arrested after a 16-year-old boy was shot dead at a London ice rink crowded with hundreds of skaters, police said on Sunday. Police said around 300 people were at the rink in Streatham, south London, when the shooting took place on Saturday. The victim was not skating when he was shot. "We're still carrying out of searches of the rink," a Scotland Yard s ...

Rugby: Ireland make Wales pay
4 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Wales 9 (9)Pens: S Jones 3. Ireland 19 (12)Tries: R Best, O'Driscoll, O'Gara. Cons: O'Gara 2. Ireland made Wales pay for their mistakes in an open and thrilling RBS Six Nations clash in Cardiff. Wales had a nightmare start when Brian O'Driscoll blocked Stephen Jones' kick and Rory Best scored after 46 seconds. The hosts worked their way back through three Stephen Jones penalties, but the Irish led at half-time as O'Driscoll dived over for a converted try. A third Irish try nine minutes from ...

Spacewalkers begin HVAC upgrade
4 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

CAPE CANAVERAL, Florida (AP) -- Two astronauts stepped outside the hatch Sunday for the second of what would be a precedent-setting three spacewalks in nine days, making upgrades to the international space station's cooling system. The effort to finish hooking up ammonia cooling loops from a temporary to a permanent system outside the space station started at 8:38 a.m. ET. Astronauts Michael Lo ...

Football: Riordan boosts Celtic
4 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Derek Riordan scored twice as Celtic survived an early scare before easing aside Livingston to move into the quarter-finals of the Scottish Cup. Dave Mackay headed the First Division side into an 18th-minute lead. But Darren O'Dea fired the equaliser and Riordan put Celtic ahead before half-time with a superb drive. Riordan got in behind the defence to fire in the third and Jan Vennegoor of Hesselink powered home the fourth for the rampant Scottish champions. Interview: Livin ...

Industry's concern over outbreak
4 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Confirmation that an outbreak of bird flu in Suffolk was the deadly H5N1 strain will be greeted with unease by the poultry trade. BBC News assesses the impact of the discovery on the farmers, businesses and workers who depend on the sector. It may be worth billions a year, but few will blame those who make their living from Britain's poultry business for worrying about the consequences of the virus. Across the UK, the industry employs 55,000 people and will now be naturally concerned about th ...

Fatal plane crash pair are named
4 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

Two men who died when their light aeroplane crashed off the Lancashire coast have been named by police. The bodies of Roy Halliwell, 74, and Andrew Walker, 26, both from Fylde, Lancashire, were recovered from the fuselage of the plane. The plane crashed off the Fylde coast near Blackpool on Saturday night, as it approached the resort's airport. The wreckage was recovered on Sunday. An investigation is under way into the cause of the accident. Lancashire Police said the wreckage was recovered ...

Seat belt stop nabs international fugitive
4 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

PALENVILLE, New York (AP) -- A fugitive from Ecuador suspected in the death of a prominent politician and two other men was arrested Saturday following a routine traffic stop, authorities said. Christian Steven Ponce, 36, of Quito, Ecuador, was stopped Saturday afternoon in the hamlet of Palenville in upstate New York for not wearing a seat belt, according to the Greene County Sheriff's Departmen ...

Progress in Baghdad will take time-U.S. general
4 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A U.S.-backed Iraqi security plan seen as a last-ditch attempt to halt violence in Baghdad will not produce results overnight, a U.S. general warned on Sunday, after a one-tonne suicide lorry bomb killed 135 people. Saturday's attack in a mainly Shi'ite area of Baghdad, the deadliest single bombing since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, again turned the spot ...

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