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06/18/05 World News: US Military Launches Second Operation in Western Iraq


U.S. and Iraqi forces have launched a second major offensive against insurgents operating in Iraq's restive al-Anbar province.

The Arab television station al-Jazeera has aired a new videotape in which the deputy leader of the al-Qaida terror network denounces U.S. calls for reform in the Middle East and rejects the possibility of peaceful change.

Iran's Guardian Council has ordered a runoff ballot in the Islamic republic's presidential election, after none of the seven candidates secured an outright win in Friday's voting.

The head of the European Union says the trading bloc is in a "profound crisis." Luxembourg Prime Minister Jean-Claude Juncker used the term early today (Saturday) to characterize the divide among EU states after 15 hours of budget talks collapsed at a two-day summit in Brussels.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is in the Middle East for talks with Israeli and Palestinian leaders about Israel's planned withdrawal from the Gaza Strip in two months.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai leaves Sunday for a week-long visit to the United States that includes talks with President Bush.

At least 13 detainees at an Australian immigration camp -- most of them Chinese -- slashed their wrists today (Saturday) to protest the government's refusal to release them.

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