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Violence aimed at disrupting Iraq polls?
MANAMA, DEC. 19.Powerful car bombs exploded in the Shia cities of Najaf and Karbala on Sunay, killing at least 42 persons and injuring dozens, six weeks ahead of Iraq's controversial elections. In Najaf, at least 30 persons were killed and 65 ...

Iraq may press Pakistan for troops
ISLAMABAD, Dec. 19. The Iraqi Foreign Minister, Hushiyar Zaibari, arrived here today on a three-day visit to discuss bilateral and regional matters. A statement by the Pakistani Foreign Ministry said he would discuss with the Foreign Minister, ...

U.K. blames Iraq war for drop in recruits
LONDON, DEC. 19.Senior British army commanders believe the anti-Iraq war movement is discouraging thousands of young men from considering a career in the armed forces. They blame high-profile campaigns against the war, often led by bereaved ...

9 soldiers die in Nepal ambush
KATHMANDU, DEC. 19. Suspected Communist rebels ambushed an army patrol near the Nepalese capital today, killing at least nine soldiers, army officials said. Three rebels were killed in fighting that followed the ambush. The army patrol team ...

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India, Russia discuss upgrading of Su-30MKI
MOSCOW, DEC. 19. India and Russia are discussing plans for joint futuristic upgrades of the Su-30MKI multi-role fighter plane, the Russian manufacturer of the aircraft said. "We are engaged in consultations on a step-by-step modernisation of ...



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