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Bomb Blasts Kill 83 at Egyptian Red Sea Resort


A series of bomb blasts has rocked the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh, killing at least 83 people and injuring more than 100 others. Foreign tourists were among the victims. Police say three large bombs went off within minutes of each other early today (Saturday) in what appeared to be a well-coordinated attack.

The United States, the United Nations and other governments strongly condemned today's (Saturday's) bombings in Egypt.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (who is in the Middle East) says the United States and Egypt will work together to defeat the terrorists responsible for the bombings, whom she called a "scourge that knows no boundary and respects no creed." U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said (in a statement that) no cause or belief can justify the use of terror and violence against civilians.

British police say a second man has been arrested in connection with Thursday's failed bomb attacks on London's transit system. Authorities say the suspect was arrested late Friday in the same south London neighborhood where another suspect was taken into custody earlier in the day.

Al-Qaida loyalists in Iraq say they kidnapped Algeria's top diplomat in Baghdad.
In a statement posted today (Saturday) on an Islamist Internet site, the group al-Qaida in Iraq said it targeted the chief of the Algerian mission in Baghdad as part of a campaign to drive out diplomats from other Muslim nations.

U.S. Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick will travel to Laos, Hong Kong and China's capital during his nine-day Asian trip beginning Tuesday. The State Department says Mr. Zoellick will first stop in Laos to attend the meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations. He will represent Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who has said a scheduling issue prevented her attendance. U.S. officials say Mr. Zoellick will discuss President Bush's commitment to strengthen cooperation with ASEAN members on a variety of security, economic, and transnational issues.

The former prime minister of Burma, Khin Nyunt, has been handed a 44-year suspended sentence following his conviction Friday on charges that included bribery and corruption. Legal sources say it is likely Khin Nyunt will be kept under house arrest.

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