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06/21/05 World News: Bomb Blast Kills Anti-Syrian Politician in Beirut


Lebanese police say a bomb blast in Beirut has killed the former head of the country's Communist party and an anti-Syrian politician, George Hawi. Police say Mr. Hawi was in his car when the blast occurred near his home (in the Wata Musaitibi neighborhood) today (Tuesday).



Earlier this month, anti-Syrian journalist Samir Kassir was killed in Beirut when a bomb exploded under his car. U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has continued her call for democratic reform in the Middle East during a visit to Saudi Arabia -- the latest stop on her tour of the region.



Vietnamese Prime Minister Phan Van Khai meets with President Bush at the White House today (Tuesday) during the first visit by a Vietnamese leader to the United States since the end of the Vietnam War 30 years ago. The two leaders are expected to discuss human rights and economic ties.

The Chinese government says it is sending out experts nationwide to stop the use of a human antiviral drug on poultry. The move comes after the Washington Post reported on Saturday that Beijing encouraged farmers in the late 1990s to use the drug amantadine on chickens to curb the spread of the lethal H5N1 strain of avian flu. The World Health Organization and the UN Food and Agriculture Organization have both asked the Chinese government about the allegations in the report.

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