A leader of the radical Palestinian group, Hamas, has been killed in an explosion in the Syrian capital, Damascus. Palestinian sources said Izz el-Deen al-Sheikh Khalil died early today (Sunday), when a bomb exploded inside his car. A spokesman for Hamas blamed the attack on Israeli intelligence and vowed the group would retaliate.
Meanwhile, Israel has launched a new air strike in a refugee camp in the Gaza Strip. A helicopter gunship fired two missiles early today (Sunday) into a metal workshop in Khan Younis, in southern Gaza. Israeli army officers say the workshop was being used by Hamas militants to make bombs.
Japan and North Korea are in a second day of working level talks in Beijing about the fate of Japanese kidnapped by the North in the 1970s and 1980s. There were no reports of progress after Saturday's discussions on Japan's demand for more information on the status of 10 missing Japanese.
North Korea allowed five survivors to return to Japan, but insists the others died.
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