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08/04/05 World News: Three More US Sodiers Killed in Iraq


Three U.S. soldiers have been killed in a roadside bomb blast in Baghdad -- bringing to 24 the number of American troops killed in insurgent attacks this week. The U.S. military says the latest attack occurred Wednesday night, hours after a similar bomb blast near Haditha, northwest of Baghdad, killed 14 U.S. Marines and a civilian interpreter.

Thousands of British police are patrolling London's streets and subway system, four weeks after the July 7th bomb attacks on the city's transit system. At least six-thousand officers, some armed, were scheduled to be on duty today (Thursday), and police said undercover officers would be riding buses and trains.

Six-party talks on North Korea's nuclear program stretched into a tenth day in Beijing today (Thursday), after Pyongyang delayed a decision on a proposal to end its weapons program. The North had been expected to deliver its verdict Wednesday on a statement of principles drafted by China and agreed to by the United States, South Korea, Japan and Russia. Delegates say China is expected to press North Korea today to agree to the statement.

Authorities in Thailand say a British man has admitted to killing his girlfriend on the southern resort island of Phuket. Paul Chetwynd-Talbot turned himself in Wednesday, a day after the brutally beaten body of 31-year-old Debra O'Hanlon, also from Britain, was found in her hotel room. Police say Ms. O'Hanlon sustained a broken neck and other injuries.

The confessed killer once ran a bar on Phuket, a popular attraction for international tourists. But the business failed after last December's earthquake and tsunami, which killed thousands of people and crippled Thailand's tourist industry. Mr. Chetwynd-Talbot surrendered after trying to commit suicide by slashing his wrists. Authorities say he will be charged with murder after he recovers.

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