Middle Orient

Probe clears US troops of misconduct at Ishaqi

BAGHDAD (AP) — A military investigation into allegations that American troops intentionally killed civilians in Ishaqi, a village north of Baghdad, has cleared them of misconduct, the US said — even though it acknowledged the deaths of up to 13 Iraqis in the March raid.

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Basra car explosion kills 27

Gunmen shoot dead Russian embassy employee, kidnap 4 others  BAGHDAD (Reuters) — Gunmen shot dead a Russian embassy employee in Baghdad on Saturday, and a car bomb killed at least 28 people in Basra in one of the deadliest attacks the oil-rich city has seen since the US-led invasion in …

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Attacks in Iraq kill 54

Emirati diplomat hostage released BAGHDAD (AP) — Car bombs targeting Shiite areas tear through a car dealership in southern Iraq and a bustling outdoor market north of Baghdad Tuesday as attacks nationwide killed 54 people and wounded 120 in the bloodiest day in recent weeks.

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3,505 die in quake

King, in US, sends condolences letter to Yudhoyono  YOGYAKARTA (AP) — A powerful earthquake flattened homes and buildings in central Indonesia early Saturday as people slept, killing more than 3,505 and injuring thousands more in the nation’s worst disaster since the 2004 tsunami.

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Egypt reckons US too needy to add bite to bark

CAIRO — Egypt’s rulers are ignoring US criticism of their crackdown on political opposition because they calculate that the Bush administration desperately needs friends in the Middle East, critics and observers say. The US State Department has publicly criticised Egypt three times this month over its human rights record, its …

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Mogadishu fighting kills 39

MOGADISHU (AP) — At least 39 people were killed Thursday in renewed fighting in the Somali capital that sent thousands of frightened civilians running from their homes, medical officials and a militia commander said. According to reports collected from the Somali capital’s main hospitals, at least 30 people were killed …

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Insurgents fight US, Iraqi forces to stalemate

RAMADI, Iraq (AP) — Whole neighborhoods are lawless, too dangerous for police. Some roads are so bomb-laden that US troops won’t use them. Guerrillas attack US troops nearly every time they venture out — and hit their bases with gunfire, rockets or mortars when they don’t.

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