Iraqi authorities say insurgents have stormed a police station south of Baghdad, killing a police commander and three officers. Officials say the gunmen armed with rocket-propelled grenades and automatic rifles carried out the pre-dawn (Wednesday) raid in the town of Madain, about 20-kilometers south of the capital. Police say they detained about 50 suspects, including a Syrian national, after the assault. Tuesday, some 100 insurgents stormed the police headquarters in the town of Muqdadiyah, north of Baghdad, killing at least 17 policemen and freeing more than 30 prisoners.
Bush News Conference: President Bush says he is convinced the United States will succeed in Iraq, but that he expects American troops will still be in the country when
he leaves office, nearly three years from now. The president says he is encouraged by Iraqi political leaders' efforts to form a national unity government, and he rejected suggestions that the nation is slipping into civil war. Mr. Bush took reporters' questions during a nationally televised news conference Tuesday, and he will speak further about Iraq today (Wednesday) in a speech in the state of Ohio.
Indonesia-Mine Protest: Indonesia is sending hundreds more troops to its remote Papua province after the death of a fifth security official in violent protests. Police say that a policeman died earlier today (Wednesday) from injuries sustained during last week's clash with protesters demanding the closure of a U.S. company's gold mine. Three other police officers and a soldier were killed last week when a demonstration outside a university turned violent in the provincial capital of Jayapura. Officials say riot police used tear gas to try to disperse more than 100 demonstrators, many of whom were throwing stones.
Vietnam HIV Conference: International health experts have opened a conference in Vietnam focusing on the impact HIV/AIDS has on children in the East Asia and Pacific region. Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem opened the three-day conference today (Wednesday) in Hanoi. The meeting has drawn more than 200 delegates from U.N. agencies, governments and non-governmental organizations.
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