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Bomb At Algerian Police School Kills 43


ALGERIA VIOLENCE: Algeria's interior ministry says a suicide car bombing at a police training academy in the town of Issers, has caused more than 40 deaths. A ministry statement today (Tuesday) said that 43 people were killed and 38 injured in the attack, which took place about 60 kilometers east of the capital, Algiers. No group has yet claimed responsibility for the blast. This is the latest in a series of attacks on police facilities in Algeria. At least eight people died and more than 20 were injured in two attacks on police earlier this month.

AFGHANISTAN: At least 10 French soldiers have been killed in a battle with Taliban insurgents east of the Afghan capital. Officials say 21 French soldiers were wounded in the battle about 50 kilometers east of Kabul. The officials say the clash started with an attack on NATO's International Security Assistance Force on Monday.

PAKISTAN VIOLENCE: Pakistan police say a suspected suicide bombing at a hospital in the country's northwest has killed 23 people. Today's (Tuesday's) blast took place in the town of Dera Ismail Khan near Pakistan's troubled tribal region along the Afghan border. At the time of the explosion, Shi'ite Muslims outside the hospital compound were protesting the killing earlier today of an influential local man.


GEORGIA: Reports from Georgia say Russian tanks are leaving the city of Gori, in compliance with a cease-fire agreement signed last week. Journalists in the city witnessed the pullback today (Tuesday), as news agencies quoted Russian officers who confirmed thatthe tanks were headed out. Russia's permanent envoy to NATO told French radio the pullout will take several days.

RICE-EUROPE: NATO foreign ministers are meeting today (Tuesday) to discuss Russia's military clashes with Georgia. British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said before today's emergency meeting that force cannot be the basis for demarcation of new Russian borders. He said NATO will help Georgia cope with the crisis. Monday, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who is attending the meeting, warned that Russia is playing what she calls a "very dangerous game" by flaunting its military might.

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