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High turnout in French election
French voters packed polling stations yesterday to take part in one of the most unpredictable presidential election in decades, with millions still agonising over which candidate to back.
S Korea to send food aid to North
South Korea agreed Sunday to send 400,000 tons of rice to impoverished North Korea despite the communist government's failure to meet a deadline to shut down its nuclear reactor.
42 civilians killed in Mogadishu fighting
Clashes between Ethiopian troops and Islamist insurgents here yesterday left at least 42 civilians dead, and brought the death toll to 210 from five days of fighting, a rights group said.
Hamas calls for new attacks on Israel
Troops kill 8 Palestinians
The Islamic militant group Hamas on Sunday called for new attacks on Israel after eight Palestinians were killed in a surge of fighting over the weekend.
Orphanage fire kills 5 babies in Bosnian
A fast-moving fire tore through an orphanage in Bosnia's capital early yesterday, killing five babies and injuring 17 others and a nurse, police and hospital officials said.
India test fires cruise missile
India yesterday successfully tested a surface-to-surface version of the supersonic BrahMos cruise missile developed jointly with Russia, official sources said. "Sunday's test was just routine.
Iran rules out nuclear suspension ahead of EU talks
Iran yesterday rejected Western calls for a suspension of its sensitive nuclear activities just days ahead of crucial talks on its atomic drive with EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana.
6 rebels killed in Lankan clashes
Tamil Tiger rebels and government forces fought two gunbattles in Sri Lanka's restive north and east leaving at least six rebels killed, the defence ministry said yesterday.
US billionaire returns from space trip
An American billionaire who won a junior cosmonaut contest as a child returned Saturday from a dream voyage to the international space station, riding a Russian capsule to a soft landing on the Kazakh
Pak leader heads for Europe talks
Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf heads to Europe yesterday for a week of talks but all eyes will be on a meeting in Turkey with his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai.
US to help Iraq recruit 40,000 troops
Iraq and the United States are to spend 14 billion dollars and recruit 40,000 new soldiers into the Iraqi armed forces in the next 18 months, a US military commander said yesterday.
Musharraf, Benazir have clinched deal
Under pressure from fundamentalist elements in his country, Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf had contacted former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto three times in recent month to reach a deal that would
Arab MP resigns from Israeli parliament
Israel's leading Arab MP Azmi Bishara announced in Cairo his resignation from parliament yesterday and said he would stay abroad for some time.

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