U.S. forces launched new airstrikes against rebel targets in the troubled Iraqi city of Fallujah today (Saturday), continuing efforts to drive insurgents out of the city.
A brief statement on an Islamist internet site today (Saturday) says a terrorist group led by al-Qaida ally Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has killed British hostage Kenneth Bigley. British officials say they do not find the message "credible." The kidnappers said they would release a videotape to confirm Mr. Bigley's death, but it has not yet appeared.
Relief workers in Haiti are warning about the growing desparation of flood victims in the aftermath of a tropical storm (Jeanne) that devastated the city of Gonaives a week ago, killing more than 1,100 people and leaving as many as 250,000 homeless. More than 1,250 others remain missing from the storm.
Workers say a lack of water, food and sanitation are the new bigs threats to the residents of the Gonaives, where streets are strewn with debris, raw sewage and unburied corpses. On Friday, United Nations peacekeepers fired tear gas at crowds, trying to break into a food distribution site.
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