30th June; 19:00



The bodies of 13 US servicemen have been recovered from the crash site of a US military helicopter in eastern Afghanistan, but another seven US soldiers are unaccounted for, the BBC reported Thursday.


Police carried out a lightning raid on a bastion of opposition to the Gaza Strip pullout Thursday after Israel sealed off its settlements in the territory for the first time ever.


The Israeli air force carried out an air strike on Hezbollah positions inside southern Lebanon after violence flared again on the volatile border, Israeli security sources said.


The United States is investigating accusations by former hostages that Iran's president-elect Mahmood Ahmadinejad played a key role in the 1979 siege of the US embassy in Tehran, the White House said.


Spain's parliament approved a controversial new law allowing same-sex couples to marry and adopt children, flying in the face of furious opposition from the Roman Catholic Church.


Lebanon's anti-Syrian former finance minister Fuad Siniora, named to head the first government of the post-Syria era, pledged to try to reunite the country and embark on across-the-board reforms.


US marines and Iraqi soldiers pressed on with an anti-insurgency sweep west of Baghdad dubbed Operation Sword after US President George W. Bush pledged his country's troops would stay on in Iraq.

Democratic Republic Congo

At least one person was killed by gunfire in a protest march by Congolese opposition supporters in Kinshasa, which police broke up using teargas, clubs and plastic bullets, police said.


The International Criminal Court told the UN Security Council it has enough evidence of widespread killing, rape and destruction in Sudan's Darfur region to warrant bringing suspects to trial.


The Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries has suspended talks on a fresh rise in its crude production quota, a spokesman for the oil cartel told AFP.

Philippines-politics MANILA: President Gloria Arroyo lost a cabinet member and the financial markets fell as the embattled Philippine leader tried to win back popular support after owning up to impropriety in the 2004 election.

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