US ELECTION WRAP: The opposition Democratic Party has won control of the House of Representatives in Tuesday's U.S. Congressional elections, while control of the Senate hangs on races in two states. The Democrats unseated incumbent Republicans in four of six key Senate races, taking advantage of what opinion polls said was dissatisfaction with President Bush and his handling of the Iraq war. Democratic candidates have razor-thin (slight) leads in Virginia and Montana and need wins in both races to take control of the Senate.
PAKISTAN BLAST: Pakistani security officials say a suicide bomber has killed at least 35 soldiers at an army training camp in North West Frontier province. Officials say today's (Wednesday's) blast at a military parade ground in the town of Dargai was one of the worst attacks on the army in years. Several soldiers were also wounded by the blast. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack. But officials suspect it could have been carried out by an Islamist militant group (Tehrik-e-Nifaz-e-Shariat Mohammadi, or the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law) that has ties to Afghanistan's Taleban fighters.
IRAQ: The U.S. military in Iraq says coalition forces have killed 14 suspected terrorists and rescued a kidnapped Iraqi policeman in two separate operations. A statement said 10 terrorists believed linked to al-Qaida were killed today (Wednesday), when coalition troops raided their hideout (near the town of Muqdadiyah) north of Baghdad. It said the Iraqi policeman was found blindfolded and shackled to the floor inside the building.
THAILAND UNREST: Thailand's military-installed prime minister has promised to promote reconciliation between Buddhists and Muslims during a visit to a Muslim-dominated southern province. Surayud Chulanont made the pledge today (Wednesday) in a speech to students and teachers at a university in Pattani, the capital of Yala province.
WHO-CHAN: The World Health Organization's governing board has selected former Hong Kong health chief Margaret Chan to be the new director general of the U.N. agency. The 34-nation governing board picked Chan from a short list of five candidates in a meeting today (Wednesday), in Geneva, Switzerland.
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