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International News Archive - October 10, 2008

By Patrick Cockburn A powerful member of the Iraqi parliament that is loyal to the anti-American Shia cleric Muqtada al-Sadr was killed in a carefully planned assassination in Baghdad yesterday.

World in brief MALE The first multi-party presidential election in the Maldives will go to a second round of voting within 10 days after the incumbent, Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, failed to win outright.

World in brief PYONGYANG North Korea has banned United Nations weapons inspectors from its main nuclear complex amid reports that it is also preparing for a mass testing of missiles at a disputed sea border.

Two U.S. journalists were handed over to the U.S. embassy in Damascus late Thursday after being detained in Syria. Taylor Luck, 23, and Holli Chmela, 27, were to be returned to Jordan where they work for The Jordan Times, The New York Times reported.

Text of report in English by privately-owned Jordan Times website on 10 October [Report by Muhammad Ghazal: "We Were Kidnapped." - Jordan Times headline.] AMMAN -Taylor Luck and Holli Chmela, the two Jordan Times journalists, who were released by Syrian authorities on Thursday [9 October] after they were reported missing in Lebanon said they entered Syria against their will.

By Associated Press DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan -- A suspected U.S. missile strike targeted two areas in a Pakistani tribal region near the Afghan border Thursday, killing at least nine people, intelligence officials said. The strikes appeared to be part of a surge in U.S.

Seven leaders of a group that has led months of anti-government protests in Thailand were released on bail Friday after surrendering to police.

By Associated Press BAGHDAD -- A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victim's allies blamed U.S. and Iraqi forces for the blast.

A hurricane warning was posted early Friday in Mexico's Baja California peninsula as Hurricane Norbert bore down with 85 mph winds, U.S. forecasters said.

By ROBERT H REID By Robert H. Reid The Associated Press BAGHDAD A roadside bomb killed a prominent member of Muqtada al-Sadr's political movement Thursday, raising fears of new internal Shiite bloodshed ahead of regional elections expected in January. The victims' allies blamed U.S.

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  • To think; to imagine; to fancy.
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