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Iraq battle after militia arrest

IraqTwo passers-by have died in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, after clashes between security forces and one of the militias which are backed by US forces.

The gun battle in the Fadil district of the city erupted shortly after the leader of the local Awakening group, Adil Mashadani, was arrested.

One account says US troops helped with the arrest alongside the Iraqi army.

Fadil was run by al-Qaeda in Iraq for most of 2006 and 2007, but they were driven out by the Awakening movement.

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Jewish groups denounce cartoon about Gaza

Jewish star of davidTwo leading Jewish watchdog groups are denouncing a prominent cartoonist’s illustration about Israel’s offensive in Gaza, saying it uses anti-Semitic imagery.
The cartoon was published Wednesday in newspapers and on the Internet.

The Anti-Defamation League, which has been fighting anti-Semitism since it was founded in 1913, called the syndicated cartoon by Pulitzer Prize-winning Pat Oliphant “hideously anti-Semitic.”

The Simon Wiesenthal Center, which, among other things, fights anti-Semitism and educates people about the Holocaust, said “the cartoon mimics the venomous anti-Semitic propaganda of the Nazi and Soviet eras.”

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Israel says Gaza death toll lower than claimed

Israeli flagThe Israeli Military said Thursday that the “vast majority” of Palestinians killed in the recent Gaza conflict were “terror operatives” and the number of people killed was less than Palestinian sources reported.

In an e-mailed statement the Israel Defense Forces spokesman’s office claimed their figures contained the names of 1,166 Palestinians killed in the conflict, called “Operation Cast Lead.”

The Israeli military said 709 of them were “identified as Hamas terror operatives, among them several from various other terror organizations.”

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Blast rips through Baghdad crowd

IraqA car bomb blast which ripped through a crowd of shoppers near a bus stop in northern Baghdad has killed at least 20 people and injured more than 35.

The bomb went off near a busy market in the capital’s Shaab district, a mainly Shia area, officials say.

Iraqi police believe it was a deliberate attempt to kill the maximum number of civilians possible.

Violence has declined in Iraq recently but on Monday, a suicide bomber killed 25 people in the north of the country.

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Iran accepts US Afghan invitation

IranIran has agreed to attend a US-backed international conference on Afghanistan next week, but Washington played down the prospect of a high-profile meeting.

While US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is also due to attend, the state department said she had no plans for a “substantive” meeting with Iran.

Iran’s foreign ministry said it had not yet decided whom it would send to the one-day conference at The Hague.

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Israeli-Arab clash with police in Umm al-Fahm

Israel palestineIsraeli-Arab protesters have clashed with police as Jewish Israeli right-wingers marched in the majority-Arab town of Umm al-Fahm.

Thirteen arrests were made as police used tear gas and water cannon to disperse stone-throwing protesters.

Israeli-Arab residents of the town view the march as highly provocative and had vowed to stop it.

The High Court gave permission for the march, but police had postponed it several times, fearing violence.

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Suicide attack on Iraqi funeral

IraqAt least 25 people have been killed by a suicide bomber in the Iraqi province of Diyala, police say.

Dozens of people are also reported to have been hurt in the attack.

Sources told the BBC the suicide attacker targeted a funeral in the town of Jalawla, 115km (70 miles) north-east of the capital, Baghdad.

It was the second bomb attack in Iraq on Monday, with an earlier explosion near the capital. Baghdad, killing at least eight people.

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Lebanon bomb kills PLO official

LebanonA roadside bomb in Lebanon has killed a senior Palestinian official and three others, said to be bodyguards, close to Mieh Mieh refugee camp near Sidon.

The bomb killed Kamal Medhat, deputy head of the PLO in Lebanon, but may have been aimed at the PLO’s leader in the country, Abbas Zaki, sources said.

The blast blew one car off the road and badly damaged another, scattering burning debris.

There is no immediate indication of who may have been behind the attack.

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Bomb defused at Israeli shopping mall

Israeli flagPrime Minister Ehud Olmert said on Sunday an explosives-laden car parked at a shopping mall in northern Israel, and defused by police, was an attempted Arab attack aimed at causing mass casualties.

Israeli media reported a little-known armed faction called Liberators of the Galilee claimed responsibility for planting the bomb in Haifa on Saturday.

The group’s name — the Galilee is in Israel — suggested it could be comprised of Israeli Arabs, who make up some 20 percent of the population of the Jewish state.

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Fresh attack on Koreans in Yemen

YemenA suicide bomber has attacked a South Korean delegation visiting Yemen after a deadly attack on tourists on Sunday.

Officials said no one apart from the bomber was harmed in this attack.

Reports say he walked between two cars in the Korean convoy as it was driving back to the airport in Sanaa and detonated an explosives belt.

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