|IRAQ - Soldiers kill 250 militants
NAJAF (Reuters): United States and Iraqi forces killed some 250 gunmen from an apocalyptic Muslim cult yesterday in a battle involving U.S. tanks and aircraft near the Shi'ite holy city of Najaf, Iraqi police, army and political sources said.
IRAQ - 1,500 cops sacked
BAGHDAD (AP): The mayor of Baqouba and 1,500 policemen in Diyala province have been fired in a bid to end the raging violence in the region north-east of Baghdad, the provincial police chief said yesterday.
GUADELOUPE: Royal vows to lead mixed-race France
POINTE-A-PITRE, Guadeloupe (AP): French Socialist presidential candidate, Ségolène Royal, yesterday was completing a campaign swing through the French Caribbean, home to more than half a million potential voters who she said ...
TRINIDAD&TOBAGO: Kidnap victim calls on gov't to refund ransoms
PORT-OF-SPAIN (CMC): A woman who was held captive for two weeks by kidnappers has called on government to compensate kidnap victims for money paid for their release. Debbie Ali is seeking a face-to-face meeting...
ENGLAND: Oldest woman to give birth deceived clinic
LONDON (Reuters): The oldest woman ever to give birth deceived doctors to get the fertility treatment that let her have twins at 67 last month, a Sunday newspaper said. Carmela Bousada, who gave birth to twins Christian and Pau on December 29...
ISRAEL: Jews won't forget
JERUSALEM (AP): Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, in a thinly veiled reference to Iran, said yesterday that Israel would "not allow the world" to be indifferent to calls for the Jewish people's destruction.
UNITED STATES - Net widens for illegals
SANTA ANA, California (AP): Juan Martinez was looking forward to returning to his construction job after finishing a month-long sentence for violating probation on drug charges. But when he was finally released from the Orange County jail...