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6/13/06 World News: Israeli Missile Strike in Gaza Kills 9


Israel-Palestinians: Palestinian medics say nine people were killed, including two children. Israel says its aircraft attacked a van carrying Palestinian militants who were on the way to fire rockets into southern Israel. Witnesses say at least 20 people were wounded, and they report two of the dead were members of the group Islamic Jihad.

Iraq: Authorities in northern Iraq say multiple bomb attacks today (Tuesday) in the city of Kirkuk have killed at least 16 people. The nearly simultaneous explosions also wounded many people. Several policemen are among the dead. Officials say bomb blasts went off in Kirkuk's city center, near a police station and elsewhere. Some of attacks are said to be suicide car bombings. Today's multiple explosions came a day after the terror group Al-Qaida in Iraq named Sheik Abu Hamza al-Muhajer as its new leader, following the death of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.

Bangladesh Strike: Street battles have erupted in Bangladesh between police and opposition activists protesting in support of a general strike. At least 40 people have been injured in several clashes today (Tuesday) around the country, including the capital, Dhaka. Witnesses say police used batons and tear gas against demonstrators in Dhaka and the neighboring town of Narayanganj. Protesters fought back by throwing stones at police and setting fire to vehicles.

Indonesia Earthquake: Indonesian officials say reconstruction of the country's quake-devastated central Java will cost more than three-billion dollars. Indonesia's Development Minister, Paskah Suzetta, released the preliminary government estimate today (Tuesday). A six-point-three magnitude quake near the end of May killed close to six-thousand people on the Indonesian island of Java.

Burma-Malaria: A U.S.-based medical organization says a fake malaria drug is circulating throughout Southeast Asia, and may spread to other continents. A report published today (Tuesday) by the Public Library of Science said a 23-year old man in Burma who was infected with malaria died because the medicine that he was given was counterfeit.

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