Thousands of people are fleeing from a Palestinian refugee camp in northern Lebanon, as a fragile truce between an Islamic militant group and the Lebanese army appears to be taking hold. Relief workers are quoted as saying nearly half of the more than 30-thousand residents of the Nahr al-Bared camp have fled since late Tuesday, when the fighting eased after three days of fierce battles. Escaping residents say scores of bodies were lying in the streets or under the rubble of buildings in the camp located near the port city of Tripoli.
IRAQ: Iraqi police say they have found the body of a man wearing
what appears to be a U.S. military uniform floating in the Euphrates River in (the Musayyib area of) Babil province, south of Baghdad. Police say they have handed over the body to the U.S. military. The U.S. military says it is investigating. The discovery comes as U.S. troops and Iraqi forces continue their massive search for three American soldiers missing since May 12th, and believed captured by al-Qaida-linked terrorists.
IRAN NUCLEAR:The U.N. nuclear agency is to report today (Wednesday) to the Security Council on Iran's nuclear activities. Diplomats say the International Atomic Energy Agency report is expected say that Iran has expanded its uranium enrichment program instead of suspending it as the Council has demanded. The Council has given Iran until Thursday to stop enriching uranium -- a process that can be used to make nuclear weapons.
NOKOR NUCLEAR: South Korea's Foreign Minister says resolution of
a banking dispute holding up North Korea's nuclear disarmament is taking longer than expected. Speaking in Seoul today (Wednesday), Foreign Minister Song Min-soon said progress is being made on technical problems related to the transfer of 25-million dollars that has delayed implementation of February's North Korean nuclear disarmament agreement. But he says it is too soon to say when it will be resolved.
BIRD FLU: Indonesian health authorities say a five-year old girl in Central Java province has died from bird flu. Indonesia's Health Ministry says the girl died last Thursday. If confirmed by the World Health Organization, her death would be Indonesia's 77th bird flu fatality. The country already has the highest number of bird flu deaths in the world.
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