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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.

Rice asks Hamas to control rocket attacks out of Gaza


Washington : US Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice asked on Monday Hamas to do everything it can to control rocket attacks against Israel, in a first sign of recognition of the Palestinian militant role in Gaza.

"Hamas should do everything that it can to do what it has not yet done, which is to use whatever capacity it has to stop the rocket attacks against Israel, because that is the essential problem out of Gaza", she said in a press conference.

Arab League Warns on Israeli Blockade on Gaza

By Prensa Latina

Cairo : The secretary general of the Arab League, Amer Musa, confirmed on Monday that he will address the UN General Assembly if the Security Council fails to condemn the Israeli blockade on Gaza Strip.

In a statement to press, Musa said that the organization asked the Arab group at the Council to take action so that a resolution against the Israeli blockade can be adopted.

The Tel Aviv blockade imposed on that Palestinian region, controlled by Islamic Resistance Movement, Hamas, caused a fast deterioration of the quality of life of its residents.

UN Official Criticizes Israel Bans

By Prensa Latina

United Nations : UN Special Secretary for Religious Freedom Asma Jahangir condemned Israel on Monday for imposing "discriminatory and arbitrary" restrictions on Muslim and Christian access to sacred places.

The expert in human rights affairs spoke on the matter after concluding a visit to Israel and the occupied Palestinian territories of Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Kidnapped Pakistani Children Freed

By Prensa Latina

Islamabad : The 250 children and their teachers held hostage in a school in the northern Pakistani district of Bannu were freed by the seven armed rebels holding them on Monday, after Tribal Council (JIRGA) Assembly mediation.

Pakistani Interior Ministry spokesman Javed Iqbal Sheema told press that the captors surrendered their weapons and handed over the children to the members of the Tribes and Elders Traditional Assembly.

Sheema said the seven are in the hands of the JIRGA and the local police.