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01/03/06 World News: Militants Fire Rockets After Israel Kills 2 in Gaza


Israeli radio reports Palestinian militants have fired several rockets from the Gaza Strip, after an Israeli air strike in Gaza killed at least two people and wounded another. MIlitary sources told the radio at least five rockets were fired at the Israeli town of Siderot overnight, but they caused no casualties or damage. Hours earlier, an Israeli missile hit a car carrying three people near the Jabaliya refugee camp in northern Gaza. The army said it targeted senior members of Islamic Jihad militant group.

Iraq's election commission says an international team has begun reviewing complaints related to last month's parliamentary vote, and that the announcement of final results may be delayed.

European nations that buy their natural gas from Russia say pipelines are delivering normal supplies of fuel today (Tuesday), reversing a cutback that began with a price dispute between Moscow and Ukraine. Russia's state-owned gas monopoly Gazprom sharply reduced deliveries to several European countries Sunday and Monday, at the same time that Russia shut off all gas service to Ukraine.

North Korea says it will not return to international nuclear disarmament talks until the United States ends economic sanctions against Pyongyang. (An editorial today / Tuesday in Rodong Sinmun) The newspaper of the communist state's ruling (Korean Workers') party says the United States' refusal to lift the sanctions is the main obstacle stalling the six-party talks. In October, Washington blacklisted eight North Korean companies allegedly involved in proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. U.S. officials also accuse Pyongyang of counterfeiting, money laundering and drug trafficking.

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