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11th June; 19:00

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Group of Eight finance ministers agreed on a deal for immediate 100 percent multilateral debt cancellation totalling 40 billion dollars for 18 of the world's poorest countries.

EU

The European Union urged parts of its textile industry to adapt to growing competition after the bloc won breathing space in a deal with China to limit imports of Chinese textiles.

Iraq

At least 16 people, including three US servicemen, were killed as three bomb attacks shattered the relative calm in the capital since US and Iraqi forces launched a joint sweep for insurgents three weeks ago.

G8

Group of Eight (G8) finance ministers said the global economy would grow at a more moderate pace in 2005, hampered by high oil prices, in an official text released to media at the end of their two-day meeting here.

UN

Europe, the United States and other Western nations are urging Saudi Arabia to agree to full international nuclear inspections, despite Riyadh's desire to sign a protocol that would severely limit investigations by the UN atomic agency, diplomats said Saturday.

China

Sixty-four people were confirmed dead after devastating floods swamped a school in northeast China, with many young children said to be among the 62 pupils known to have drowned.

Italy

Police have arrested eight people over the abduction of a freed Italian aid worker, the Afghan government said, dismissing speculation her release was secured through a deal with the kidnappers.

Mideast

Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, fresh from talks with armed groups over an increasingly fragile truce, has agreed to free Islamist militants jailed for a bomb attack in Tel Aviv, a group leader said.

Ethiopia

The leader of Ethiopia's main opposition group said he was once again under virtual house arrest as authorities continued a crackdown after deadly violence during election protests this week.

Sudan

African Union-mediated talks to resolve the civil war in Darfur which has claimed between 180,000 and 300,000 lives and displaced 2.4 million people, were to resume, with further clashes in the west Sudan region underlining their importance.

DRCongo

Two employees of the medical charity Doctors without Borders (Medecins sans Frontieres, MSF), kidnapped in the northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo on June 2, were freed, military and diplomatic sources said.

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