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International News Archive - June 19, 2008

FOUR soldiers killed in a blast in Afghanistan included a woman, the first British woman to be killed in action in the country. The troops were taking part in an operation east of Lashkar Gah in Helmand Province when their vehicle was caught in an explosion at about 3.40pm local time yesterday.

Human rights laws may prevent the Government from introducing tougher limits on bail for suspected murderers, it was revealed yesterday.

ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan - Taliban fighters destroyed bridges and planted mines after overrunning villages outside southern Afghanistan's largest city, Afghan officials and witnesses said. Hundreds of farm families fled while the Afghan army rushed in troops.

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap SEOUL, June 19 (Yonhap) - President Lee Myung-bak [Ri Myo'ng- pak] said Thursday his administration will secure a firm US government guarantee to prohibit American private exporters from sending beef from cattle older than 30 months to South Korea in an effort to address public fears over mad cow disease.

A total of 72,000 people in quake- hit Wenchuan County of Sichuan Province, whose lives were threatened by secondary disasters including landslide, have been relocated hours before it started to rain on Wednesday night.

The militants are believed to have moved into the villages in the Arghandab district during the past week and were said to be destroying bridges and laying mines in preparation for a battle.However, local officials say they have now fled the area following overnight battles with the Afghan and Canadian forces, as well as air strikes by NATO warplanes.The governor of Kandahar says hundreds of militants were killed or wounded, but the claim has not been confirmed.

By Donald Macintyre Asked if he is in favour of a truce between Hamas and Israel, Andrew Breakell punches a number in his mobile phone and reaches his former Palestinian business partner in Gaza to ask him what he thinks.

By CANDACE RONDEAUX By Candace Rondeaux The Washington Post ISLAMABAD, Pakistan Hundreds of Afghan and Canadian troops launched a major attack Wednesday against Taliban fighters who have moved into several villages in southern Afghanistan in recent days, according to military officials.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Completes Evacuating 110,000 People From Quake Centre"] WENCHUAN, Sichuan, June 19 (Xinhua) - China has finished evacuating 111,476 people from an area near the epicentre of last month's earthquake in Sichuan province to avoid secondary disasters triggered by heavy rains.

Text of unattributed report entitled "Mbeki's bid to broker Kenya- style deal in Zim" published by South African newspaper The Star website on 19 June President Thabo Mbeki is trying to broker a meeting between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai to discuss a Kenya-style unity pact.

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