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Senate Widens WMD Probe, Bush Admits “Risk” In Iraq

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InternationalWASHINGTON, June 21 – The U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee agreed late Friday, June 20, to broaden the scope of its probe into Iraq’s alleged weapons of mass destruction and whether intelligence had been manipulated to justify war, as President George Bush admitted U.S. forces are still facing \"continuing risk of danger\" in Iraq.

A brief joint statement issued by Republican chairman of the committee Senator Pat Roberts and its ranking Democrat Senator Jay Rockefeller, made clear the probe would go far beyond a mere review of documents from the CIA and other U.S. intelligence agencies.

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US forces swoops down on Iranian Kurdish club, 12 arrested

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InternationalUS forces swoopt down on Iranian Kurds Assosiation Friday in Sarrafiye district of capital Baghdad, arresting 12 suspected members.
During the suprise attack on the Kurdish club, many security forces in armoured vehicles guarded around the building in high alert. American soldiers confiscated some materials and documents in the office. Meanwhile, some soldiers tried to stop press members to cover the shots of incident.
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Amman: Amman to host World Economic Forum

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InternationalThe World Economic Forum is to start on Saturday in Jordanian capital of Amman, with participation of Economy Ministers across the world.
Local authorities took tight security measures throughout the city ahead of hosting tens of politians and businessmen.
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Greek police fires tear gas on protestors

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InternationalGreek police fired tear gas on stone-throwing protestors who tried to storm a security cordon set up to protect European Union leaders meeting.
Around 8,000 anti-capitalist protestors staged a demonstration against the gathering of EU presidents and primiers from 25 current and future members. A group of about 50 people, some hooded and armed with tyres, attempted to barge through a police barricade near the heavily guarded resort of Porto Carras.
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Four U.S. Soldiers Killed In Baghdad Attacks

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BAGHDAD, June 19 - Four U.S. soldiers were killed and two others injured Thursday, June 19, in two separate attacks in Baghdad as former Iraqi soldiers renewed threats of attacks against the U.S.-led occupation, including self-bombings.

Three U.S. soldiers were killed in Dura, on the southern fringes of Baghdad, when their vehicle came under heavy fire from Iraqi fighters, Al-Jazeera satellite television reported.

The vehicle was part of an American military convoy passing through the areas before broke down.

Left behind by the convoy, the American vehicle came under fire by Iraqi fighters who suddenly appeared from nowhere, said the channel correspondent.

After killing the three American soldiers inside, the Iraqis poured gas on the vehicle and set it ablaze, he added.

The channel aired footage of the military vehicle on fire, as a U.S. military spokesman confirmed that a military convoy had come under attack, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported.
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Tehran: Iran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan sign road deal

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InternationalIran, Uzbekistan and Afghanistan signed an agreement on a new link along a section of the old Silk Road.
Iranian President Mohammad Khatami, Uzbek President Islam Karimov Afghan Presnident Hamid Karzai gathered to sign the deal which was a massive project that each country hopes will give a major boost to their economic fortunes.
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EU Salonika Summit to Begin Today

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InternationalThe European Union’s summit in Salonika is to begin today with the attendance of the Union’s 15 members as well as representatives from 10 countries set to join next year. The main topic of the summit will be the draft European constitution.
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Baghdad: Explosion leaves one dead, four injured

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InternationalAn explosion rocked once again Baghdad killing one Iraqi and injuring four others.
The explosion occured in a local coffee close to the coalition headquarters in the centre of Baghdad. The explosion was caused by an Iraqi man who carried an hang granade in his pocket. The bomber was heavily injured on his leg at the explosion and he was died on the way to hospital. The injured including children were transported to a nearby hosiptal by Iraqi passerbys.
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U.S. Forces Capture Top Saddam Aide

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BAGHDAD, June 18 - U.S. forces in Iraq have captured Saddam Hussein\'s presidential secretary, Abid Hamid Mahmud, the most senior member of the former regime yet to be seized, U.S. military officials said Wednesday, June 18.

U.S. Central Command said Mahmud, a distant cousin of Saddam and responsible for his security, was captured Monday, June 16, \"in Iraq,\" but gave no details, Agence France-Presse (AFP) said.

The capture of Mahmud brings under U.S. control a pivotal player who was in a position to know what happened to Saddam and his weapons of mass destruction, officials here said Wednesday.
Mahmud, who was so close to Saddam that some considered him the regime\'s real number two, is believed to be one of the few people, if not the only person, who knew the president\'s whereabouts at all times.

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U.S. Forces Gun Down 3 Protestors, Iraqis Kill 3 Soldiers

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BAGHDAD, June 18 - Clashes between U.S. troops and Iraqis have taken an upward trajectory Wednesday, June 18, with three Iraqi protestors gunned down by U.S. forces and three American soldiers killed by Iraqis in separate incidents.

U.S. troops opened fire on a crowd of angry Iraqi protesters in Baghdad, killing three of them and injuring others, Al-Jazeera reported.

Some 300 members of the U.S.-disbanded Iraqi army were demonstrating at the former presidential palace in the centre of Baghdad when U.S. troops opened fire at them, witnesses said.

U.S. army spokesman Sergeant First Class Brian Thomas said two Iraqis were wounded in the clashes, but added that he was unaware of any fatalities, reported Agence France-Presse (AFP).

\"One soldier opened fire for self defense. The convoy he was in was pelted by rocks,\" he claimed.
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