Israeli tanks and troops moved into southern Gaza early today (Wednesday) in an attempt to rescue a soldier kidnapped by Palestinian militants. Troops began taking up positions near the town of Rafah hours after Israeli aircraft knocked out electricity to the Palestinian territory and hit several bridges in central Gaza. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert says his government will not hesitate to take "extreme action" to bring home the kidnapped soldier (Gilad Shalit).
US-Afghanistan: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has reaffirmed U.S. support
for Afghanistan and says the country's enemies will not succeed. Speaking after a meeting with Afghan President Hamid Karzai in Kabul today (Wednesday), Rice said the world's "common enemy" has changed its tactics but the international community is working to find new strategies to win.
Koreas-Reunion: A South Korean man allegedly kidnapped nearly three decades ago by North Korea has met his mother at an emotional inter-Korean reunion. Kim Young-nam disappeared from South Korea in 1978. He is among hundreds of Koreans gathering at the North's Mount Kumgang for a three-day reunion with relatives separated for decades after the Korean War.
Sudan-Darfur: The head of United Nations peacekeeping operations says the world body should provide more support to African Union peacekeepers in Sudan's Darfur region. U.N. Undersecretary-General Jean-Marie Guehenno says the African Union mission in Darfur must be strengthened in preparation for the eventual deployment of a U.N. peacekeeping force.
Iraq: Iraq's National Security advisor says authorities have arrested a Tunisian man linked to al-Qaida in connection with a Shi'ite shrine bombing that triggered sectarian violence earlier this year. Mowaffaw al-Rubaie told a news conference in Baghdad today (Wednesday) that the detained man (--known as Abu Qudama--) was wounded in a clash with Iraqi and U.S. troops a few days ago in an area north of Baghdad.
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