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7/03/06 World News: Palestinian Militant Set Deadline to Free Israeli Soldier


Israel-Palestinians: Palestinian militants holding a young Israeli soldier have given Israel an early Tuesday deadline to meet their demands to free Palestinian prisoners. The ultimatum came in a statement today (Monday) by three Palestinian militant groups - the Popular Resistance Committees, the armed wing of the governing Hamas movement and the Army of Islam in Gaza. The statement threatens unspecified consequences if Israel fails to meet the demands by Tuesday morning.

Mexico Election: Mexico's leftist and conservative candidates are both claiming victory in the presidential election, eventhough officials say the race is too close to call. The head of the Federal Electoral Institute says the margin between the two main candidates is so close that all ballots will have to be counted before the outcome of the vote is clear.

Australia East Timor: Australia says it will double its financial aid to East Timor to help tens of thousands of refugees displaced by recent violence. Canberra says it will give an additional three million dollars to U.N. aid workers and other relief groups to buy food, medicine and clothing for an estimated 140 thousand people living in makeshift camps.

Iraq-Wanted List: Iraq has placed former President Saddam Hussein's first wife and his eldest daughter on a list of 41 "most wanted" fugitives. In the same time Iraqi officials say a car-bomb attack at a crowded market in the northern city of Mosul has killed at least five people and wounded at least 22 others.

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