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General News Archive - April 09, 2006

The U.S. administration is stepping up plans for a possible air strike on Iran, despite publicly pushing for a diplomatic solution to a dispute over its nuclear ambitions, according to a report by influential investigative journalist Seymour Hersh.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army fired artillery shells at a Palestinian security position in the Gaza Strip on Sunday, causing casualties, Palestinian security sources said. Several people were wounded, some critically, the security sources said.

By Phil Stewart ROME (Reuters) - Italians entered the polling booths at 8.00 a.m. (0600 GMT) on Sunday for a general election that could unseat Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi after five years of economic stagnation.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak has warned that civil war had started in Iraq, where three consecutive days of bombings killed about 100 people, inflaming sectarian tensions.

GAZA (Reuters) - The Israeli army fired artillery shells at two Palestinian security posts in the northern Gaza Strip on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 14, Palestinian security sources said.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's Shi'ite leaders met on Sunday in another attempt to break an impasse over the prime minister, hoping to pave the way for a unity government many see as the only way to avert open civil war.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israel shelled two Palestinian security posts in northern Gaza on Sunday, killing one person and wounding 15 as the army kept up its heaviest strikes on the strip since Jewish settlers and troops withdrew last year.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's acting speaker of parliament said on Sunday he would call on the assembly to convene in the next few days, raising the possibility that political deadlock over a new prime minister may be broken.

By Mussab Al-Khairalla BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An internal U.S. embassy report on Iraq's provinces and obtained by the New York Times concluded in January that the stability of the strategic Baghdad region is a serious concern.

By Richard Cowan WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Collapse of vital budget legislation and a big setback on an immigration overhaul have played into Democrats' election-year plans to paint Republicans as too incompetent to run the U.S. Congress.