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General News Archive - July 28, 2006

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would return to the Middle East this weekend if needed, U.S. officials said on Friday, as calls grew across the world for an end to the war between Israel and Hizbollah.

By Adrian Croft LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure to distance himself from his ally the United States over the Middle East as he headed for talks with President Bush in Washington on Friday.

By Christian Oliver TEHRAN (Reuters) - What does one clamorous anti-U.S.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee told Washington on Friday it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In its findings on U.S.

KABUL (Reuters) - The wife of an American contract worker and their two daughters were among at least 12 people killed when a civilian helicopter crashed in bad weather in southeast Afghanistan, media reports said.

By Adrian Croft ABOARD BLAIR'S PLANE (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair will push for a speedy U.N. resolution on the Middle East crisis and dispatch of a peacekeeping force when he meets President Bush in Washington on Friday.

GENEVA (Reuters) - The U.N. Human Rights Committee on Friday told Washington it should immediately shut all "secret detention" facilities and give the International Committee of the Red Cross access to anybody held in armed conflict. In findings on U.S.

NAJAF (Reuters) - A top Iraqi Shi'ite politician on Friday backed calls to disband the country's heavily armed militias, which are blamed for inflaming a vicious sectarian conflict that has pushed Iraq to the brink of civil war.

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Intense Israeli bombardment killed 13 people in Lebanon on Friday amid uncertainty as to when U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice would return to the region to push for a lasting solution to the crisis.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A mortar bomb struck a mosque in Baghdad on Friday, killing at least four people, police said. Six people were wounded in the incident which took place at the al-Alee al-A'atheem Sunni Arab mosque on the southern outskirts of Baghdad.