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7/04/06 World News: Olmert Orders Military Action Against Captors of Israeli Soldier


Israel-Palestinians: Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has ruled out negotiations with the Palestinian captors of an Israeli soldier and says his army will strike all the militants involved. Mr. Olmert says he has instructed the army to continue operations in the Gaza Strip aimed at freeing the soldier, who was captured June 25th.

Iraq: Iraq's deputy minister of electricity has been kidnapped in Baghdad along with a number of his bodyguards. Security officials say gunmen wearing camouflage uniforms intercepted the convoy of Raad al-Harith and took him away. They say at least 11 bodyguards also were kidnapped.

Mexico Election: The conservative candidate in Mexico's closest presidential election ever is claiming victory, but his leftist opponent says he will challenge the accuracy of the vote count. Conservative Felipe Calderon is leading leftist Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador by about one percent, with about 98 percent of Sunday's ballots counted.

Space Shuttle :Ground crews have begun pumping about two million liters of liquid hydrogen and liquid oxygen into the Space Shuttle Discovery's fuel tanks, as preparations continue for its scheduled launch later today (Tuesday) (in a few hours). The U.S. space agency gave a final go-ahead for the launch countdown after deciding that a small crack discovered in the fuel tanks' foam insulation would not impede the mission.

Independence Day: Today (Tuesday) is the United States' Independence Day holiday, celebrating this country's birth as an independent nation 230 years ago. President Bush will fly to a military base (Fort Bragg) in North Carolina to address troops at an Independence Day ceremony, then return to the White House to enjoy traditional celebrations in the nation's capital.

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