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International News Archive - June 18, 2008

By The Associated Press KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) - Hundreds of Taliban fighters invaded villages just outside Afghanistan's second-largest city Monday, forcing NATO and Afghan troops to rush in while frightened residents fled.

JERUSALEM _ A deal announced on Tuesday for a temporary cease-fire between Israel and Hamas raised hopes for an end to months of deadly violence in the Gaza Strip and southern Israel, but skeptical Israeli officials cautioned that the emerging truce was fragile and could easily unravel.

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By Alexander Panetta, THE CANADIAN PRESS KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Canadian soldiers encountered a 27-kilogram bomb and exchanged gunfire with Taliban militants amid stepped-up operations in Kandahar city late Tuesday night.

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The Olympic torch relay passed through the mainly Muslim region of Xinjiang for a second day Wednesday, amid massive security.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Hundreds of Taliban fighters invaded villages just outside Afghanistan's second-largest city Monday, forcing NATO and Afghan troops to rush in while frightened residents fled.

By Donald Macintyre A ceasefire between Israel and armed factions in Hamas- controlled Gaza will start tomorrow, according to announcements by Hamas and the Egyptian government. Israel did not confirm an agreement.

By DION NISSENBAUM By Dion Nissenbaum McClatchy News Service JERUSALEM Sunrise on Thursday could bring a rare, new calm to Israel's volatile border with the Gaza Strip.

By Robert Verkaik Law Editor Abu Qatada, the Islamist preacher known as Osama bin Laden's "right-hand man in Europe" was released from prison last night.

During its 1600 gmt newscast, Doha Al-Jazeera Satellite Channel in Arabic was observed to report on new allegations of torture in US military prisons and accusations to the Pentagon of knowingly pursuing illegal interrogation tactics.

The Israeli government, after reaching a cease-fire with Hamas in Gaza, now says it's ready for direct peace talks with Lebanon.

Word of the Day
cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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