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Suicide car bombing wounds 15 in N Iraq

By Xinhua

Mosul, Iraq : A suicide car bomb attack targeted a U.S. patrol in the northern province of Nineveh on Tuesday, wounding some 15 people, a provincial police source said.

"A suicide bomber blew up his explosive-laden car into a U.S. patrol in the al-Baath neighborhood in the volatile capital city of Mosul," Brigadier Sa'id al-Jubouri, head of the provincial police media office, told Xinhua.

The blast wounded 15 people and caused damages to 10 nearby civilian cars, Jubouri said.

Egypt progresses in sealing off Gaza border

By Xinhua

Gaza : Egyptian security forces started to impose its control on the border with Gaza Strip by closing the breaches that Hamas militants blew up a week ago, witnesses said on Tuesday.

The Egyptian border forces have walled up 11 breaches in the 15-km-long concrete fence separating the Gaza Strip and Egypt in southern Gaza town of Rafah, but there are still two holes remained open to allow both Egyptians and Palestinians to cross back home.

Palestinian security forces arrest eight Hamas members in West Bank

By Xinhua

Ramallah : Palestinian security forces arrested eight Hamas members in West Bank last night, the Islamic movement said Tuesday in a statement.

The Hamas members were arrested after the security forces loyal to President Mahmoud Abbas of Fatah movement sent them summons ordering them to visit the nearest security center, said the statement.

UAE to host first Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit


Abu Dhabi : The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the first Middle East Aviation Outlook Summit here Feb 27-28, WAM news agency reported Tuesday.

The summit would discuss trends and possibilities in the rapidly growing Middle East aviation industry and about 250 delegates, including government ministers and CEOs from major airlines, airports, investors and property developers with an interest in the region are expected to attend the event.

Twelve militants killed in missile attack in Pakistan

By Xinhua

Islamabad : At least 12 militants were killed in a missile attack in northwestern Pakistan's tribal area Tuesday, local Dawn News channel reported.

The missile strike took place in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan, bordering Afghanistan.

It was not clear who fired the missile, but local witnesses said the missile could possibly be fired from a mountain in Afghanistan.

The area was close to the Afghan region where US-led coalition forces are fighting against Taliban militants.

There is still no official confirmation about the attack.

Afghan women demand safe release of female aid worker


Kandahar (Afghanistan) : Hundreds of Afghan women Thursday demonstrated in southern Kandahar province to condemn the abduction of female US aid worker and demand her immediate release.

They described the abduction as a violation of Islamic and Afghan values, and urged the government to step up efforts to secure the release of Cyd Mizell, 49, who worked with the Asian Rural Life Development Foundation.

The women also called on Afghani tribal elders to use their influence to gain the victim's freedom.

Conflicting accounts of Pakistan hostage crisis

By Muhammad Najeeb, IANS

Islamabad : While the Pakistan government claims the militants who took schoolchildren hostage in the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) surrendered with their weapons before a local tribal council, a member of the negotiating team Tuesday said the men released the students only after being offered a safe passage.

Islamic militants Monday took hostage about 270 schoolchildren and teachers at Domaili in the tribal NWFP region for several hours.

Militants attack paramilitary camp in Pakistan


Islamabad : Militants Tuesday attacked two paramilitary camps in North Waziristan tribal agency, bordering Afghanistan, wounding seven soldiers and setting ablaze a grid station, said officials.

The gunmen assaulted Frontier Core (FC) camp in Razmak area of the agency with rockets, security officials told KUNA.

They said the attack left five soldiers wounded, one of the them critically. An adjacent grid station was caught on fire, adding that the fire spread to other buildings as well causing huge property damage.

Police identifies suspect in Bhutto assassination


Islamabad : Police Tuesday claimed identifying a suspected suicide bomber who killed former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in an election campaign in December in adjacent Rawalpindi city.

The suicide bomber, who blew himself up after another militant fired shots at Bhutto, has been identified as "Bilal" who comes from the Waziristan tribal region, along the Afghan border, news channels quoted police sources as saying.

The arrest has been made, said sources, after a lead provided by earlier arrested teenager suspect Aitzaz Shah.

Bush to stay the course on Iraq, Mideast policy

By Joe Macaron, KUNA

Washington : In his last speech before Congress, US President George W. Bush appeared to stay the course on Iraq and Middle East policy in his last year in office.

"Our enemies in Iraq have been hit hard. They are not yet defeated, and we can still expect tough fighting ahead," said Bush in his State of the Union address before Congress, late on Monday.

President Bush did not set a deadline for US withdrawal, a priority demand for Democrats who hold the majority in Congress.