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Late France try stuns Ireland
11 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A late Vincent Clerc try gave France a 20-17 win over Ireland in Sunday's RBS Six Nations match at Croke Park. The French deservedly led 13-11 at half-time thanks to a Raphael Ibanez try and two penalties and a conversion by fly-half David Skrela. Ronan O'Gara scored Ireland's only try and kicked the remainder of the points with four successful penalty attempts. His 77th minute penalty gave Ireland a 17-13 lead but Clerc crossed the line and Lionel Beauxis converted the try. The French began ...


Light aircraft crashes in France
11 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

A light aircraft that took off from Shoreham Airport, in West Sussex, has crashed in the French Alps. The twin-engined Piper PA 34 Seneca aircraft, with a couple and a child on board, left the airport on Saturday morning, manager John Haffenden said. It is not yet known if anyone survived the crash. The nationalities of those on board has also not been released. Wreckage of the plane was found in the Isere region of the French Alps, 1,900 metres (6,233ft) up in the Vercors. The French auth ...


Helmand 'seeing insurgent surge'
11 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The governor of Helmand province in Afghanistan says up to 700 insurgents have crossed over from Pakistan and are preparing to fight British forces. Haji Asadullah Wafa, who has been in his job just a few weeks, told the BBC foreign fighters were among them. He said their intention was to disturb a major dam project being protected by British troops. The UK taskforce in Helmand said it was aware of reports that insurgents had moved into the Sangin area. A spokesman said it was nothing unusua ...


U.S.-led forces show evidence of Iranian arms in Iraq
11 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

By Ibon Villelabeitia BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led forces in Iraq presented on Sunday what officials said was "a growing body" of evidence of Iranian weapons being used to kill their soldiers, as U.S. anger at Tehran's alleged involvement in the war rises. A senior defence official from the U.S.-led Multinational Force in Baghdad told a briefing that 170 coalition forces had been killed by Iranian ...


Australia PM slams Obama on Iraq
11 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

SYDNEY, Australia (AP) -- Australia's conservative prime minister slammed Barack Obama on Sunday over his opposition to the Iraq war, a day after Obama announced his intention to run for the White House in 2008. Obama said the country's first priority should be to end the war in Iraq. He has also introduced a bill to prevent President Bush from increasing American troop levels in Iraq, and to r ...


House blaze kills woman, 4 children
11 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania (AP) -- A fire engulfed an abandoned house in West Philadelphia early Sunday, killing four children and a woman who had apparently taken refuge there from the cold, authorities said. Firefighters found the victims unresponsive on a bed inside the house's boarded-up second floor, said Fire Commissioner Lloyd Ayers. Rescuers rushed to pass the victims out of windows and  ...


Israel to continue holy site work
11 Feb 2007 source: bbc.co.uk

The Israeli cabinet has ordered controversial construction work near a Jerusalem holy site to continue. Violence flared last week over digging work near the al-Aqsa mosque, Islam's third holiest site. The compound containing the mosque is also revered by Jews as the site of their biblical temples. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said the work was essential to repair a dangerous structure and would not affect the mosque compound in any way. Earlier, the Arab League described the work as  ...


U.S.-led forces show evidence of Iran arms in Iraq
11 Feb 2007 source: today.reuters.co.uk

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S.-led coalition forces in Iraq presented on Sunday what officials said was "a growing body" of evidence of Iranian weapons being used to kill coalition soldiers. A senior defence official from the Multi-National Force told a briefing that 170 coalition personnel had been killed by roadside bombs known as explosively formed penetrators (EFPs) that he said were manufactured i ...


Two killed at Somali pro-peacekeeper rally
11 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

KISMAYO, Somalia (AP) -- Two people were killed after an explosion hit a rally in support of foreign peacekeepers, prompting government troops to fire into a crowd of thousands, witnesses said. It wasn't immediately clear if the explosion or the shooting caused the two deaths. Somalia's army chief, who attended the rally, was injured. Thousands had marched through Kismayo, 260 miles southwest of ...


Officer wounded, another arrested in NY shootout
11 Feb 2007 source: cnn.com

NEW YORK (AP) -- After an undercover officer was shot, police went hunting for the suspect's vehicle. They soon found it -- with another officer behind the wheel, police said. The driver, Officer Jacqueline Melendez-Rivera, quickly became a subject Saturday of an investigation by the force on which she has served for 13 years. As police pieced together an account of the early morning shootout on ...


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