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Israeli forces kill Hizbollah fighter
Eita al-shaab (Lebanon), July 20
Israeli forces killed a Hizbollah fighter in a clash on the Lebanese border today, a day after a Hizbollah official was killed in a Beirut bombing.

Israeli judge shot dead in Tel Aviv
Jerusalem, July 20
An Israeli judge was shot dead at point-blank range by an unidentified person in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon, the police said. Tel Aviv District Court judge Adi Azar (49) was chased by a motorcyclist, while he was driving near his home yesterday before firing three bullets at him, the police said.

Interim Governor of Basra shot dead
Basra, Iraq, July 20
The Interim Governor of Iraq’s southern city of Basra, Hazem al-Ainachi, was shot dead by unknown assailants today as he was heading to work, said his son.

24 killed in Ukraine mine blast
Kiev, July 20
At least 24 miners were killed and 13 missing in a gas explosion and fire that ravaged a coalmine in eastern Ukraine, the Ukrainian emergencies ministry said today. The bodies of 24 miners have been brought to the surface. Nine miners managed to escape the mine on their own, while 13 were still missing, out of the 46 men that were working 545 metres under the surface.

Hafsa, a Keralite, is helped by her Pakistani husband Aman during an interview in her in-laws’ home at Hoti village, 120 km north-west of Islamabad, on Tuesday

Hafsa (25), a Keralite, is helped by her Pakistani husband Aman during an interview in her in-laws’ home at Hoti village, 120 km north-west of Islamabad, on Tuesday. Hafsa, expecting her first baby in August , faces deportation to India if the couple loses a legal battle in Peshawar. Pakistan’s Interior Ministry rejected a request by Aman to grant Hafsa Pakistani citizenship and ordered her to leave the country before her visa expired in March. But Aman challenged the order and secured a stay. The case is expected to come to court in the coming weeks. — Reuters





A boy leaps over artificial waves as he cools off at a pool amid a record heatwave in Tokyo on Tuesday
A boy leaps over artificial waves as he cools off at a pool amid a record heatwave in Tokyo on Tuesday. The temperature soared to a record high of 39.5 Celsius on Tuesday, the Japan Meteorological Agency said. — Reuters



EARLIER STORIES

  Britain compensates Iraqis for 11 deaths
London, July 20
Britain has compensated Iraqis for 122 incidents, including 11 deaths, that have happened in British-occupied southern Iraq, Britain’s Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram has said.

Spain’s Borrell to head EU Parliament
Strasbourg, July 20
Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell, a strong opponent of the war in Iraq, was elected president of the European Parliament today, propelled to office by a deal between the two largest political factions.


A television video grab shows Filipino hostage Angelo de la Cruz just after his release in Baghdad on Tuesday
A television video grab shows Filipino hostage Angelo de la Cruz just after his release in Baghdad on Tuesday. The Filipino truck driver was freed on Tuesday, a day after Manila withdrew its troops in response to demands from kidnappers who had threatened to behead him. — Reuters

China’s terms for talks with Dalai Lama
Beijing, July 20
China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Guofang expressed the hope that the Dalai Lama “won’t abandon his motherland”.

Clinton’s ex-Adviser faces criminal investigation
Washington, July 20
Former President Bill Clinton’s National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the September 11 commission hearings.

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Israeli forces kill Hizbollah fighter

Eita al-shaab (Lebanon), July 20
Israeli forces killed a Hizbollah fighter in a clash on the Lebanese border today, a day after a Hizbollah official was killed in a Beirut bombing.

Two Israeli soldiers were also killed in the fighting, Hizbollah’s al-Manar television reported. The Israeli army declined to comment, citing censorship rules.

A Lebanese security source said one Hizbollah fighter died as Israeli forces traded fire with Hizbollah guerrillas near the Lebanese border town of Eita al-Shaab.

There were conflicting accounts of the clash. Hizbollah said it began when an Israeli tank fire hit one of its observation posts. Witnesses said Israeli helicopters then struck a second position nearby.

The Israeli army said Hizbollah snipers fired first on an Israeli military position on the border in western Galilee, drawing return fire and a strike by Israeli helicopter gunships.

Near the site of the clash, witnesses said Israeli helicopters hovered as artillery fire rang out. Hizbollah officials in Beirut declined to elaborate immediately on the details of the incident. — Reuters
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Israeli judge shot dead in Tel Aviv

Jerusalem, July 20
An Israeli judge was shot dead at point-blank range by an unidentified person in the Tel Aviv suburb of Ramat Hasharon, the police said.

Tel Aviv District Court judge Adi Azar (49) was chased by a motorcyclist, while he was driving near his home yesterday before firing three bullets at him, the police said.

Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat’s Fatah movement armed offshoot Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade has claimed responsibility for the assassination.

Prime Minister Ariel Sharon has expressed deep shock at the killing.

Justice Minister Tommy Lapid said “I am shocked to the depths of my soul,” adding, “this is the first murder of a judge in the history of the country, and this must give us food for thought about where Israel’s society is headed.” — PTI
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Interim Governor of Basra shot dead

Basra, Iraq, July 20
The Interim Governor of Iraq’s southern city of Basra, Hazem al-Ainachi, was shot dead by unknown assailants today as he was heading to work, said his son.

“My father was killed as he was leaving home at about 8:00 am when unknown gunmen fired at him from near a checkpoint that is 100 metres from our place,” said Issam al-Ainachi.

“One of the guards was injured and the assailants fled he said.”

The attack occurred in the Jubaila neighbourhood in the centre of Basra, which is 550 km south of Baghdad and the second biggest city in the country.

Ainachi (59) took over the Governorship after judge Wael Abdul Latif in June in the caretaker government of Prime Minister Iyad Allawi.

A series of attacks continues against figures in the new administration since sovereignty was handed over by the US-led occupation to Allawi’s government on June 28.

Yesterday a senior defence ministry official was shot dead in Baghdad.

A week ago the Governor of the northern city of Mosul, Ussama Kachmul, was killed. — AFP
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Britain compensates Iraqis for 11 deaths

London, July 20
Britain has compensated Iraqis for 122 incidents, including 11 deaths, that have happened in British-occupied southern Iraq, Britain’s Armed Forces Minister Adam Ingram has said.

Compensations were granted over a wide range of cases, including one death in detention, three deaths from gunshot wounds, one person who died in a bomb attack on a British army vehicle, and six deaths in road traffic accidents, Ingram told Parliament in a written statement yesterday.

Thirty other cases involved injuries, including three gunshot wounds, 14 road traffic accidents, 11 injuries sustained during arrest, and two injured during property searches.

The remaining payouts came after 24 incidents of property damage and 57 vehicles damaged in road accidents.

Britain’s Defence Ministry would not give details of the amounts of compensation involved, nor the circumstances which led to the incidents. — AFP
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Spain’s Borrell to head EU Parliament

Strasbourg, July 20
Spanish Socialist Josep Borrell, a strong opponent of the war in Iraq, was elected president of the European Parliament today, propelled to office by a deal between the two largest political factions.

‘’In a Europe with 9 per cent unemployment and 50 million poor people we need to make sure that people understand the importance of (European) policies,’’ Mr Borrell told the Assembly after winning an absolute majority on the first ballot.

The low-key former Transport, Public Works and Environment Minister will head an Assembly of 732 members drawn from the 25 states of the newly enlarged European Union.

The 57-year-old Catalan won 388 votes thanks to a deal between the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) and Party of European Socialists (PSE) to share control of the EU legislature over its five-year term.

Liberal former Polish Foreign Minister Bronislaw Geremek, an intellectual hero of the fight against communism, got 208 votes and French Communist Francis Wurtz 51.

Mr Borrell stressed in his inaugural speech the importance of working for peace in West Asia. — Reuters
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China’s terms for talks with Dalai Lama
Amar Chandel

Beijing, July 20
China’s Assistant Foreign Minister Shen Guofang expressed the hope that the Dalai Lama “won’t abandon his motherland”. Instead of acting as a religious figure, he had been engaged in political activities, he said.

China could have a dialogue with him on two conditions: one, he should abandon his demand for independence and; two; recognise Tibet and Taiwan as inalienable parts of China.

The Dalai Lama’s representatives had come to China twice and the minister claimed that they were given freedom to go anywhere and meet anyone. During the third visit also, similar facilities will be granted “so that they can see with their own eyes the progress that Tibet has made under the Chinese Central government ”.

He expressed similar sentiments on the return of Karmapa, with the only difference that while about the Dalai Lama he had used the word “abandon”, about Karmapa he said “we hope that he won’t ‘betray’ the motherland”.
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Clinton’s ex-Adviser faces criminal investigation

Washington, July 20
Former President Bill Clinton’s National Security Adviser Sandy Berger is the focus of a criminal investigation after removing highly classified terrorism documents and handwritten notes from a secure reading room during preparations for the September 11 commission hearings, The Associated Press has learned.

Berger’s home and office were searched earlier this year by the FBI agents armed with warrants after he voluntarily returned documents to the National Archives. However, some drafts of a sensitive after-action report on the Clinton Administration’s handling of Al-Qaida terror threats during the December, 1999, millennium celebrations are still missing.

Berger and his lawyer said last night he knowingly removed handwritten notes he had made while reading classified anti-terror documents he reviewed at the Archives.
— AP
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BRIEFLY


The Apollo 11 lunar landing occurred 35 years ago on July 20, 1969
The Apollo 11 lunar landing occurred 35 years ago on July 20, 1969. Astronaut Edwin F. "Buzz" Aldrin Jr., lunar module pilot, faces the camera as he walks on the moon during Apollo 11 extra vehicular activity in this file photograph. The shield of his helmet reflects back the scene in front of him, such as the lunar module and fellow astronaut Neil Armstrong, who was the first man to step on the moon, taking his picture. Armstrong, Apollo 11 commander, took this photograph with a 70mm lunar surface camera. — Reuters

Maoist shot dead
KATHMANDU:
Nepalese security forces shot dead a Maoist near a Buddhist temple, even as the rebels shot dead a youth they had abducted and continued to plant bombs and explosives near state-run institutions, reports said on Tuesday. One security personnel was also injured during the incident, state-run Radio Nepal reported. — PTI

Gastroenteritis kills 16 in Nepal
KATHMANDU:
At least 16 people died of Gastroenteritis in three districts of Nepal, state media reported on Tuesday. Some 700 persons were affected by the disease in Achham district, the radio said. Meanwhile, four persons were feared dead as they were swept away by the Agrakhola river in Bhumisthan of Dhading district. — PTI

Qurie to stay as PM
Ramallah (West Bank)
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Palestinian Prime Minister Ahmed Qurie agreed today to withdraw his resignation three days after he decided to quit in frustration over a wave of unrest in Gaza, a Palestinian official said. The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said Mr Qurie would stay in his post after the talks with President Yasser Arafat, who had rejected his letter of resignation. Mr Arafat is scrambling to defuse a leadership crisis. — Reuters
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