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Shooting at Texas Army Base Leaves 13 Dead, 31 Wounded


US - ARMY BASE SHOOTING: Military and civilian personnel at a U.S. Army post in Texas will observe a day of mourning Friday to remember the victims of one of the worst mass shootings on a U.S. military base. Authorities at Fort Hood say 13 people were killed and 31 others wounded when an army psychiatrist allegedly began firing two handguns Thursday inside a building where soldiers were preparing to deploy overseas. The alleged gunman was identified as Major Nidal Malik Hasan, a native of (the southeastern state of) Virginia.

HONDURAS: An aide to ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya says a deal designed to end the country's political crisis has failed, after interim leader Roberto Micheletti announced the formation of a new cabinet. Mr. Micheletti said late Thursday he is installing a national unity government without the participation of Mr. Zelaya, who has declined to name any cabinet members. The two signed an agreement last week to resolve the four-month political standoff. A new government was set to begin Thursday.

UN - GAZA: Israel has rejected a U.N. resolution endorsing a report that accuses Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas of committing war crimes during their conflict in Gaza. In a statement issued Friday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said the resolution was "completely detached from realities on the ground." On Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly voted to endorse the so-called Goldstone report, named after South African jurist Richard Goldstone who led a U.N. fact-finding mission on the conflict.

US - CHINA - TRADE DISPUTE: The United States has imposed punitive tariffs on imports of Chinese-made pipes for oil and gas drilling wells. The U.S. Commerce Department announced Thursday it was imposing anti-dumping duties ranging up to 99 percent on so-called oil country tubular goods. The department says it determined several Chinese companies were selling the tubes at 36.53 percent less than their normal value. The U.S. imported $2.6 billion of oil country tubular goods in 2008.

APEC LEADERS SUMMIT: A draft statement from members of the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation forum says that governments in the region remain concerned about the possibility of an economic relapse, despite recent signs of recovery. The statement, which was shared with reporters Friday, says members will press for a consensus to not withdraw economic stimulus until signs if a strong recovery. It says that APEC members will continue their economic stimulus policies until a more "durable economic recovery" is secured.

JAPAN - MEKONG SUMMIT: Japanese Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama will convene a two-day meeting of leaders from Southeast Asia's Mekong River region in Tokyo Friday. Mr. Hatoyama and his counterparts from Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Thailand and Vietnam will discuss economic and human development and climate change during the summit. Tokyo has been one of the biggest donors of foreign aid for the Mekong River region, which stretches about 4,800 kilometers and has been scarred by decades of war and internal unrest. But China has stepped up investments in the resource-rich region in recent years, including building rubber plantations and mines in Laos and Burma.

BRITAIN - AFGHANISTAN: British Prime Minister Gordon Brown says his government remains committed to the mission in Afghanistan as public support for the war falls in Britain. In a speech in London in Friday, Mr. Brown said the main terrorist threats facing his country originate in Afghanistan and Pakistan, and said Britain "will not walk away." The prime minister also said he told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that British support depends on the Afghan leader's ability to combat corruption.

ZIMBABWE - SADC SUMMIT: Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai says his party has ended its boycott of the unity government and will give President Robert Mugabe one month to resolve outstanding issues in the fragile coalition. Mr. Tsvangirai said the president has 30 days to fully implement a power-sharing deal reached last year. The prime minister made the announcement Thursday at the end of a regional summit in Maputo, Mozambique on the Zimbabwe crisis.

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