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Sri Lankan Military: Female Suicide Bomber Strikes Fleeing Civilians



SRI LANKA: Sri Lanka's military says a female suicide bomber killed 24 people, setting off her explosives in a group of civilians fleeing the country's northern war zone.
Military spokesman Udaya Nanayakkara said the woman is a suspected Tamil Tiger rebel. She set off her bomb outside a relief camp near Vishvamadu today (Monday). At least 45 people, mostly women and children were wounded.
Nanayakkara said the women blew herself up while soldiers were searching her outside a refugee camp.
The rebels have not immediately commented on the incident.

PAKISTAN-VIOLENCE: Pakistani police say a suicide bomber crashed an explosives-laden car into a police checkpoint killing at least three officers and wounding 17 others.
Officials say today's (Monday's) early morning attack occurred in northwest Pakistan, near the North Waziristan tribal region bordering Afghanistan.
No one has claimed responsibility for the incident.


AUSTRALIA WILDFIRES: Australian police have designated some areas ravaged by deadly wildfires as crime scenes as they look for evidence of arson in several of the hundreds of fires that have devastated southeast Australia.
Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said of deaths in Victoria state that "there are no words to describe it other than mass murder." So far, 130 people have been confirmed dead.
Mr. Rudd says he is sending troops to help thousands of volunteer firefighters exhausted from battling the blazes.

U.S ECONOMY: U.S. President Barack Obama takes his case for a massive government economic plan directly to the American public this week, with campaign-style events and a national television appearance.
Mr. Obama travels later today (Monday) to Elkhart, Indiana, for a town hall meeting. Later, the president will hold his first prime-time news conference at the White House.
The U.S. Senate is expected to cut off debate today (Monday) on the Obama administration's 800-billion-dollar spending and tax cut plan, clearing the way for a final vote Tuesday. Senate leaders expect the plan to pass with votes from majority Democrats and a handful of Republicans.


JAPAN NISSAN: Japan's Nissan automaker said today (Monday) it will cut 20 thousand jobs, or eight-point-five percent of its workforce worldwide because of the global downturn.
The corporation also predicted a net loss of nearly three billion dollars in this fiscal year to March.
The company said it will also cancel bonuses for the board of directors this year and reduce salaries for top management by 10 percent beginning in March


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