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Zimbabwe Gov't Warns Ambassadors Not to help Opposition


IRAQ: Iraqi security officials say at least five people have been killed in a car bomb blast in Baghdad, as Iraq marked the fourth anniversary of the U.S. - led invasion. Police say more than a dozen others were wounded in the blast, which occurred this (Tuesday) morning near a police station in a central part of the city. Hours earlier, Iraqi authorities executed Hussein's former vice president, Taha Yassin Ramadan, for his role in the killing of 148 Shi'ite Muslims in Dujail in 1982.

ZIMBABWE : Zimbabwe has threatened to expel Western diplomats it accuses of backing opposition efforts to oust President Robert Mugabe. Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi issued the warning Monday at a meeting with ambassadors in the capital, Harare. U.S. Ambassador Christopher Dell walked out of the meeting after Mumbengegwi failed to assure him the diplomats would have a chance to respond. The State Department says the United States will continue to speak and act in support of the people of Zimbabwe's right to democracy.

THAILAND-DISAPPEARANCES: An international rights group is accusing Thai authorities of intimidating Muslim communities in southern Thailand by making suspected Islamist insurgents "disappear." Human Rights Watch says (in report released today / Tuesday) that it has documented 22 cases of unresolved missing persons cases in Thailand's south. It says Thai security forces appear to be using the tactic in a deliberate effort to weaken Muslim militants.

RUSSIA-IRAN: A U.S. newspaper says Russia has told Iran that it will withhold fuel for Iran's nearly completed Bushehr nuclear power plant unless Tehran suspends its uranium enrichment activity. Citing un-named European, Iranian and American officials, the New York Times reports today (Tuesday) that the ultimatum was delivered last week.

RUSSIA-MINE BLAST: Russian authorities say rescuers in Siberia have recovered more bodies from a mine shaft, where a methane gas explosion killed at least 106 people. Authorities say at least 203 people were in the Ulyanovsk mine at the time of the blast Monday. Ninety-three people have been rescued. Fourteen teams of specialist emergency workers are searching today (Tuesday) for four more missing people.

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