Israel – Palestinians: Palestinian militants have fired rockets into southern Israel, threatening a new Israeli-Palestinian ceasefire in the Gaza Strip.
Israeli radio reported the rockets landed in the city of Sderot shortly after the ceasefire began early today (Sunday). No damage or casualties were reported.
The armed wings of the radical group, Islamic Jihad, and the ruling Islamist movement, Hamas, issued separate claims of responsibility for the attacks.
The Palestinian government denounced the rocket attacks, describing them as a violation of the ceasefire.
Iraq: Iraqi officials say at least five people have been killed and at least 23 others wounded in a car bomb attack south of Baghdad
Police say the bomb exploded today (Sunday) at a popular market in the mixed Sunni-Shi'ite village of Haswa, some 50 kilometers south of the capital.
Elsewhere in Iraq the U.S. military says coalition troops killed four insurgents Sunday during a raid in Baquba.
The military says troops captured 11 other insurgents and confiscated a number of weapons. It says one of the captured insurgents was dressed as a woman and pretending to nurse a baby.
Baquba, and the surrounding province of Diyala, has been the scene of some of the worst fighting and bloodiest killings in Iraq.
Iraq – US: The United States has begun a diplomatic push to reduce the level of sectarian violence in Iraq that one report suggests has become financially self-sustaining.
President Bush meets later this week with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.
Vice President Cheney discussed the Iraq issue Saturday in Saudi Arabia with King Abdullah.
The Saudi Press Agency said Cheney and the king also discussed the Palestinian situation during their brief talks. President Bush meets with Mr. Maliki Wednesday in Amman, Jordan.
Amid the diplomatic effort, the Sunday edition of "The New York Times" quotes a U.S. government report as saying terrorists in Iraq have so much money, they may also be funding terrorist activities outside Iraq.
Lebanon: Lebanon's government has formally backed plans for a U.N. international court to try suspects in the 2005 assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik Hariri - a move that has angered the pro-Syrian opposition.
Plans for the court now go to the Lebanese parliament for approval.
A U.N. investigation into the Hariri murder implicated several pro-Syrian security officials. Supporters of the late prime minister accuse Syria of direct involvement. Damascus denies the charge.
Syria also denies involvement in last week's assassination of Christian politician Pierre Gemayel. He was a staunch opponent of Syrian influence in Lebanon.
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