IRAQ: Iraqi police say at least five people have been killed and at least 36 others wounded in a car bomb attack near a revered shrine in the Shi'ite holy city of Karbala. Authorities say the blast occurred early today (Saturday) outside the Imam Al-Abbas shrine. Karbala, some 80 kilometers south of the capital, Baghdad, is considered Iraq's second holiest Shi'ite city, after Najaf. Shi'ites make pilgrimages to both locations and bury their dead in large cemeteries there.
BUSH-IRAQ: President Bush will hold a series of high-level meetings with administration officials in the coming week to review the administration's Iraq policy. Mr. Bush will make visits to the State Department and the Pentagon, and host a meeting of independent experts at the White House. He will also take part in a video teleconference with U.S. military commanders in Iraq. The meetings are part of the administration's plan to present a revised plan on Iraq to the American people before the end of the year.
INDIA-US-NUCLEAR: The U.S. Senate has completed congressional passage on a landmark measure that would allow the United States to export shipments of civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India. The bill passed in the upper chamber early this (Saturday) morning, hours after it was approved in the House of Representatives (by a vote of 330-59). The measure is a final version of two separate bills approved by the House and the Senate. It now goes on to President Bush for his signature.
TURKEY-AL QAIDA: Turkey has detained 10 people with suspected links to the al-Qaida terrorist network. Among those arrested was a lawyer who identified himself as the leader of the group in Turkey. The official Anatolia news agency said today (Saturday) the suspects were detained in simultaneous operations begun in November in the capital, Ankara, Istanbul and the western city of Izmir.
RUSSIA FIRE: Russian officials say a fire at a drug rehabilitation clinic in Moscow has killed 45 people, and injured at least 10 others. The fire started early today (Saturday) at a drug treatment hospital, when many of the victims were asleep. All of those killed were female, as the fire began in the women's wing of the hospital.
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