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02/28/06 World News: Multiple Attacks in Iraq KIll 34


Iraq: Car-bomb blasts and suicide bombing attacks in Iraq today (Tuesday) killed at least 34 people, including two British soldiers. Most of the carnage took place in Baghdad, where a series of blasts that went off almost simultaneously killed 15 civilians and wounded at least 50 others. The explosions occurred in central and eastern districts of the city. The British soldiers were killed near the town of Amara, (260 kilometers) southeast of the capital. Britain's Defense Ministry says a third soldier was wounded.

India: Police say at least 23 people have been killed in an explosion set off by Maoist rebels in central India's Chattisgarh state. Police say at least 33 people were injured in today's (Tuesday's) attack. Officials said the rebels blew up a vehicle filled with anti-Maoist activists near the town of Darbhaguda. The killings came on the eve of President Bush's visit to India.

Thailand Pol: Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra says he is willing to meet his chief political rival to end a crisis over his dissolution of parliament and an opposition boycott of elections. The prime minister said today (Tuesday) he would meet Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva anywhere he chose to help resolve the political deadlock. Mr. Thaksin has also offered to postpone the elections scheduled for April 2nd. He said he was willing to accept any democratic way out of the growing crisis.

India - U.S.: U.S. chip-making giant Intel Corporation has announced plans to build a 300-million dollar chip assembly and testing facility in southern Vietnam. Intel officials say the facility will be built in the Saigon Hi-Tech Park outside Ho Chi Minh City, and will be the largest investment in Vietnam by a U.S. company. They say construction will begin immediately, with production expected to begin in the second half of 2007. The plant will initially employ 12-hundred people. Intel officials say they could invest as much as 605-million dollars in the facility, depending on the success of the operation.

Indonesia - Cambodia: Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has arrived in Cambodia for a state visit. Mr. Yudhoyono is scheduled to hold talks with King Norodom Sihamoni and other Cambodian leaders, including Prime Minister Hun Sen.

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