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International News Archive - August 02, 2008

KABUL, Afghanistan _ Allegations that Pakistan's most powerful intelligence agency helped plan a deadly blast at the Indian Embassy in Kabul last month threaten to isolate Pakistan from Western allies, deepen tensions with its neighbor and rival India and cause more trouble for the fledgling Pakistani civilian government.

Text of report in English by Japan's largest news agency Kyodo [By Sarah Suk] Tokyo, Aug.

By NAHAL TOOSI By Nahal Toosi The Associated Press KABUL, Afghanistan Roadside bombs killed five NATO soldiers and a civilian in eastern Afghanistan on Friday, while a coalition of aid groups warned that violence is spreading to once-stable regions and forcing them to scale back humanitarian work.

By Jennifer Sinco Kelleher, Newsday, Melville, N.Y. Aug. 2--A father's fingers ran across the glass covering a high school diploma, slowly tracing the name Jairo Santos.

A tunnel used to smuggle goods into Gaza from Egypt has collapsed, killing at least five people and injuring 16, Palestinian sources say.

JAPAN'S embattled prime minister yesterday unveiled a new cabinet intended to turn the tide of his unpopularity. Support for Yasuo Fukuda has fallen as low as 20 per cent in recent months after defence officials were arrested on suspicion of bribery and tax evasion.

By Reiji Yoshida, Setsuko Kamiya And Kazuaki Nagata, Japan Times, Tokyo Aug. 2--To boost his acutely low popularity, Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda reshuffled his Cabinet and Liberal Democratic Party executives Friday, replacing 13 of his 17 ministers.

Tokyo, Aug. 2 (Jiji Press)--Japan has been warned of a radioactive leak from a U.S. nuclear submarine that made port calls in Japan, the Foreign Ministry said Saturday. The announcement came one day after the ministry received the information from the U.S. government, the ministry said.

Clashes between Fatah and Hamas left at least six people reported dead Saturday in Gaza. Another 80 were injured, Ynetnews reported. Israel permitted about 20 members of Fatah, the Palestinian party loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas, to cross the border.

By Carol Rosenberg, The Miami Herald Aug. 2--GUANTANAMO BAY NAVY BASE, Cuba -- If Osama bin Laden's driver is convicted next week at his war crimes trial, he'll have to be imprisoned separately from the other 265 or so men held at the Pentagon's showcase prison camps. Rear Adm.

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