North Korea appears to have responded to international condemnation of its multiple missile firings today (Wednesday) by launching yet another rocket. The United States and other countries were watching early this morning when North Korea fired six missiles, including at least one long-range rocket, into the Sea of Japan. Government officials in Japan and South Korea say a seventh rocket blasted off about 12 hours later. Defense officials in Seoul say it likely was a medium-range weapon.
Israel-Palestinians: Israel's security cabinet will meet today (Wednesday) to discuss stronger military
actions against Palestinian militants. Israeli warplanes attacked the Palestinian Interior Ministry in Gaza City earlier today, the second such attack in less than a week. The building sustained extensive damage, and at least three people were wounded.In the meantime, Israel is ordering its armed forces to return to the Gaza Strip to clear a"security zone" intended to block cross-border rocket attacks by Palestinian militants.
Iraq: U.S. military officials in Iraq say U.S. and Iraqi forces raided a hospital in the insurgent stronghold of Ramadi today (Wednesday). They say the Saddam hospital has been used by insurgents as a safe haven to launch mortar and sniper attacks on coalition forces.
Space Shuttle:The crew of the space shuttle Discovery
will conduct a video inspection of the spacecraft today (Wednesday) to determine if the shuttle sustained any damage during Tuesday's launch.
World Cup: Football (soccer) fans flooded onto the streets of Italy's cities to celebrate their national team's dramatic 2-0 victory over Germany in the World Cup semifinals. Tens of thousands of people filled the Circus Maximus in Rome, watching a big-screen relay of the match, live from (Dortmund) Germany late Tuesday. Neither team scored during the first 90 minutes of play, and the score remained 0-0 for almost all of the two extra-time sessions that followed.
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