Lebanese troops are deploying in the southern part of the country in line with a U.N. ceasefire resolution on ending the month-long war between Israel and Hezbollah guerrillas. Soldiers in trucks, armored carriers and jeeps crossed the Litani River today (Thursday) and moved south toward the Israeli border. Troops moved into Marjayoun, a mainly Christian town eight kilometers from the Israeli border that Israel vacated earlier this week.
India Temple Blast: Indian police say an explosion at a Hare Krishna temple in the northeastern state of Manipur has killed five people and wounded at least 40 others, including eight foreigners. Authorities say some victims of the bomb attack Wednesday evening are in critical condition, and the death toll could rise.
US/Child Killing: An American man arrested in Thailand for the 1996 murder of a six-year old girl in the United States says her death was an "accident". Forty-one-year-old schoolteacher John Mark Karr spoke to reporters in Bangkok shortly after Thai police revealed that he had confessed to killing JonBenet Ramsey. In his first public comments, Karr said he was with JonBenet when she died and that he loved her.
Indonesia-Bird Flu: Indonesian health officials say a girl who died this week on Java island had the H5N1 strain of bird flu. The country's Health Ministry said today (Thursday) that laboratory tests have confirmed earlier diagnoses. If verified by the World Health Organization, it will bring to 45 the number of people in Indonesia who have died from the virus.
NOKOR Floods: Red Cross officials from North and South Korea are to hold talks this week to discuss relief efforts after flooding in North Korea killed hundreds of people. South Korea's Unification Ministry said today (Thursday) the two sides will meet Saturday at North Korea's Mount Kumgang. Last week, South Korea announced it will provide more than 10-million dollars of support to independent aid groups helping flood victims in North Korea.
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