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International News Archive - July 04, 2008

By The Associated Press JERUSALEM (AP) - A Palestinian laborer driving a construction vehicle rammed into packed buses, tossed cars into the air and rolled over pedestrians in a deadly rampage Wednesday that killed three people and wounded dozens in Jerusalem.

By The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) - Colombian spies tricked leftist rebels into handing over kidnapped presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt and three U.S. military contractors Wednesday in a daring helicopter rescue so successful that not a single shot was fired.

Text of report by UK-based Zimbabwean news website Zimdaily.com on 4 July [Unattributed report: "Zimbabwe: 200 Take Refuge at US Embassy"] Zimbabwe - About 200 Zimbabwe opposition supporters sought refuge Thursday [3 July] at the US Embassy in Harare amid new reports of violence against dissenters.

Former Colombian presidential candidate Ingrid Betancourt, who was freed by the Colombian army on 2 July after being held captive by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) for more than six years, has said the rebels kept her chained up 24 hours a day for three years.

By Annie Huang Associated Press TAIPEI, Taiwan -- More than 200 mainland Chinese tourists arrived in Taiwan on Friday on the first regular commercial flight in nearly six decades, a historic move aimed at further easing tensions between the old foes.

By VIVIAN SEQUERA By Vivian Sequera The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia A meal was rice and beans. Bed was the ground under a patched plastic tarp.

By FRANK BAJAK By Frank Bajak The Associated Press BOGOTA, Colombia The plan was nothing if not audacious: A turncoat persuades rebels to bring together their most prized hostages and march them 90 miles through Colombia's wilderness.

By John Lichfield After more than six years held captive by Colombian guerrillas, Ingrid Betancourt is free - thanks to a remarkable rescue operation. Rescue in the jungle She bounded down the stairs of the military aircraft, grinning like a teenager returning from a foreign holiday.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua "China Focus": "Historic Weekend Charter Flights launched Across Taiwan Strait"] BEIJING, July 4 (Xinhua) - The first cross-Strait weekend charter flight from China's mainland to Taiwan took off at 6:31 a.m.

Text of report by Iranian conservative news agency Mehr Tehran, 4 July: An informed soured close to nuclear negotiations has announced that Iran's response to the letter of 5+1 foreign ministers, which has been signed by Foreign Minister Manuchehr Mottaki, was delivered to Solana by Iran's ambassador to Brussels.

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shavie
  • A trick or prank.
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