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02/15/06 World News: 3 Dead, Many Injured in Pakistani Muslims' Protests


Cartoon Protests: More violent protests by Muslims in Pakistan have killed three people today (Wednesday) and injured scores of others. An enormous crowd of protesters -- possibly up to 70 thousand people -- went on a rampage through Peshawar, setting fire to foreign-owned businesses, movie theaters and a bus terminal and fighting with police. Security squads tried to drive the rioters back with tear gas and batons.

Iran Nuclear: Acting Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says Iran is obsessed with hatred of Israel and the Jewish people and must be stopped from developing nuclear weapons. Speaking late Tuesday, the Israeli leader called for concrete, joint action by the international community to stop Iran's alleged push to develop a nuclear arsenal. Hours earlier, the leaders of Russia and France joined the chorus of world leaders calling on Tehran to stop all uranium enrichment. China called for continued diplomatic efforts to ease growing international tensions.

Lebanon Hariri: Hundreds of thousands of people in Lebanon have marked the one-year anniversary of the assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri. Demonstrators packed Martyrs' Square in central Beirut near the slain leader's grave. They held pictures of Mr. Hariri, waved the Lebanese flag, and chanted anti-Syrian slogans. Security was tight, and people were searched upon arrival at the square. Demonstrators fell silent at 12:55 p.m. local time, to mark the moment one year ago when a massive truck bomb hit Mr. Hariri's motorcade, killing him and 20 others.

Indonesia Drug Trials: An Indonesian court has sentenced three Australian men to life in prison for their involvement in a drug-smuggling ring on the Indonesian island of Bali. Tach Duc Thanh Nguyen, Si Yi Chen and Matthew Norman were the last of the so-called Bali Nine smugglers to be sentenced. Tuesday, the same district court (in Denpasar, the provincial capital) sentenced two other Australian men (Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran) to death for leading the drug ring.

Bangladest Protest: Clashes between Bangladesh police and anti-government protesters in the capital, Dhaka, have left at least 20 people injured.The opposition's campaign of street protests and general strikes is calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Khadela Zia's coalition goverment.

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