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International News Archive - June 20, 2008

By The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - Palestinian militants fired 50 rockets and mortars toward Israel, and Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza just hours before a truce took effect Wednesday, illustrating how fragile the cease-fire between Israel and Hamas would be.

By The Associated Press ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan (AP) - Backed by helicopters firing missiles, hundreds of NATO and Afghan forces hunted Taliban militants in villages outside Kandahar on Wednesday, killing dozens of insurgents.NATO reported only light resistance in Arghandab district, a lush river valley filled with fruit groves that offer militants bountiful defensive positions.

ANOTHER human foot was discovered off Canada's coast yesterday. It is the second one found this week and the sixth within a year, baffling police in British Columbia. Like most of the others, it was a right foot in a running shoe, police said.

Text of report in English by Slovene news agency STA Brussels, 20 June (STA) - The EU has agreed to drop sanctions against Cuba in a deal that will be confirmed on Friday, diplomatic sources at the EU summit said late on Thursday.

By Martyn McLaughlin WHEN a 12-year-old girl on a boating trip with her family unlaced a discarded training shoe, revealing the remains of a human foot, it was a macabre, yet apparently isolated discovery.

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Faced with severe fuel shortages and the prospect of power outages during the summer air-conditioning season, the Chinese government on Thursday unexpectedly announced sharp increases in regulated prices for gasoline, diesel and electricity.

The New York Times ARGHANDAB, Afghanistan Afghan and NATO forces cleared Taliban guerrillas from a cluster of villages Thursday outside Kandahar , removing for the moment any threat that they might try to move into their former stronghold in the southern part of the country.

World News IN BRIEF *VANCOUVER Another human foot has been washed up on a British Columbia shore, the second this week and the sixth within a year. Like most of the others, it was a right foot in a running shoe, said police. No other remains were found.

Leaders of Zimbabwe's opposition party, faced with reports of escalating violence against its supporters, said they may pull out of next week's runoff election.

Text of report by South Africa-based Zim Online website on 20 June [Report by Cuthbert Nzou: "'Mugabe Using Violence To Hijack Vote'"] Harare - A leading international human rights group on Thursday accused President Robert Mugabe of trying to "hijack" Zimbabwe's presidential run-off election next week through a relentless campaign of violence and arrests against opposition and civic society leaders.