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General News Archive - March 27, 2006

By Segun Owen WARRI, Nigeria (Reuters) - Three foreign oil workers, two Americans and a Briton, were freed on Monday by Nigerian militants who had held them hostage for five weeks, officials said. The release of the three, employees of U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) - A prosecutor responsible for a case against an Afghan man who could face the death penalty for converting to Christianity said on Monday the case against him depends on the result of a mental examination.

By Yuri Kulikov KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's pro-Western liberals readied on Monday for coalition talks after former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko urged them to close ranks to keep out a Russia-backed party after Sunday's parliamentary election.

GAZA (Reuters) - A Palestinian militant firing grenades into Israel from the northern Gaza Strip was killed by the Israeli army on Monday, an army spokesman and the Islamic Jihad militant group said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police said they had found the bodies of 12 victims of strangling and torture in Baghdad on Monday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a Chinese-born film maker who is a permanent U.S. resident, a family member said on Monday, weeks before President Hu Jintao visits the United States.

By Yuri Kulikov KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's pro-Western liberals on Monday prepared for coalition talks after former Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko urged them to close ranks to keep out a Russian-backed party after Sunday's parliamentary election.

By Terry Friel BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi'ites on Monday began burying 20 people shot dead at a Baghdad mosque in what some of their leaders said was a massacre by U.S. troops. Shi'ite political leaders accused U.S.

MOSUL, Iraq (Reuters) - A bomb exploded inside a joint U.S.-Iraq base in Mosul on Monday and many people were feared dead, Interior Ministry sources said. The sources said the explosion targeted Iraqi army recruits.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - The Islamic militant group Hamas presented its cabinet list and government agenda to the Palestinian parliament on Monday for a vote of confidence, vowing to resist pressure to change its basic policies.