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07/04/05 World News: Comet Explosion Produces Spectacular Plume of Debris


The U.S. space agency says the "Deep Impact" mission probe has scored a direct hit on the Tempel One comet, producing a massive explosion of debris far greater than anticipated.

The "impactor" space probe -- a small but heavy package of instruments, communications gear and cameras -- was released from the main fly-by spacecraft before smashing into the comet early today (Monday).

U.S. soldiers in Iraq have discovered a large cache of weapons and ammunition during a random house-to-house search in Baghdad.

Syrian officials say one policeman was killed in a gunbattle early today (Monday) with what were described as "terrorists." Two suspects were arrested.

President Bush says he will reject any Kyoto-style deal on climate change at the Group of Eight summit this week in Scotland.

A forum of the Greater Mekong Subregion opened today (Monday) in the Chinese city of Kunming, with the participants agreeing to further open their borders to trade.

Across the United States, Americans are celebrating this country's Independence Day today (Monday).
The national holiday commemorates the birth of the United States 229 years ago -- on July 4, 1776, when members of the Continental Congress -- lawmakers from the 13 original American colonies -- declared their independence from Britain.

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