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News Brief, Summary of more than 20 leading Bangla & English Dailies, Source : News Garden

Saturday, July 05, 2003


Bangladesh will send 1,276 men of armed forces to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in a major contribution to the UN peacekeeping operation there.

The main opposition Awami League (AL) has demanded a judicial inquiry and a parliamentary probe into the biggest ever ammunition and explosives haul at Kahalu in Bogra.

Leader of the Opposition Sheikh Hasina has accused the BNP-Jamaat government for destroying what she said "the three pillars of the state" -- the judiciary, legislature and the executive. Hasina alleged
that the government is politicising the judiciary, not allowing the opposition to speak in parliament and using the bureaucracy to serve its purpose.

Myanmar Foreign Minister U Win Aung arrives in Dhaka tonight carrying a letter of the Myanmar head of government for Prime Minister Khaleda Zia.

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A suicide attack on a packed Shi'ite mosque in southwestern Pakistani city of Quetta during Friday prayers killed at least 44 people and wounded 65 others, sending enraged Shiite Muslims on a rampage. The attack came when about  2,000 people were saying weekly Jumma prayer in the mosque.  The government called in troops and imposed a curfew to try to quell the violence.

Pakistani businessmen visiting Delhi amid a thaw in relations between the nuclear arch rivals Friday urged India to ease transport bottlenecks in the flow of goods across its borders.

Six people were killed and 30 others injured, including a senior government minister, in separate attacks by Mujahideen in Kashmir on Friday, officials said.

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A man claiming to be Saddam Hussein says he is in Iraq mobilising resistance against the US-led coalition. The broadcast comes in an Al-Jazeera television  broadcast as the top US official in Iraq, Paul Bremer, announced a $25m reward for information leading to the capture of Saddam Hussein.

The Americans have been facing armed resistance in Iraq, with at least 19 US troops killed in attacks since 1 May. On Thursday, a sniper killed a US soldier guarding the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. On Friday 18 soldiers were injured when mortar bombs were fired at one of the largest US military bases in Iraq, also near Balad.

A United Nations committee says it has found no evidence of a connection between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terror network. The UN terrorism committee has released a draft report on al-Qaeda and
remnants of the Taleban from Afghanistan.

Japan's lower house of parliament approves the use of troops to help Iraq's post-war reconstruction. The US Secretary of State, Colin Powell, has said America should not get involved in Iran's internal politics. In a radio interview, he said Washington should stay away from the "family fight" between the country's reformists and conservatives.

Israeli troops have shot dead a Palestinian militant in the West Bank city of Qalqilya. Earlier, Israeli forces closed the main road in the Gaza Strip for several hours, after a rocket attack on an Israeli
settlement in which three people were wounded.

A leading American expert on infectious diseases says China and India - the world's two most populous countries - are facing a potential Aids disaster. The Aids situation there was akin to what Africa experienced a decade ago, , the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Julie Gerberding, told a conference in Singapore. China says it has at least a million people with Aids, but the UN estimates this could reach 10 million by the end of the decade.

Leaders from southern Africa are meeting in Lesotho to discuss ways of fighting the HIV and Aids epidemic that is devastating the region. It is the first time the regional forum, the Southern Africa Development Community, has focused on the HIV crisis. One in three people in southern Africa is now infected with the virus.

Smoking in public places has been banned in Tanzania under a new law that came into effect on 1 July.  It is also an offence to sell tobacco products to persons under the age of 18.  Tobacco is a major foreign
exchange earner and tobacco-growers have condemned the law.

Nigeria's fuel strike is continuing for a fifth day despite indications that a deal between government and unions may be close. The streets of the capital, Abuja and the biggest city, Lagos, remain quiet on Friday, while shops and banks are closed.

Just over a month ago, the Cambodian authorities arrested three alleged members of Jemaah Islamiah (JI), the organisation believed to be behind last year's bomb blasts on the resort island of Bali. The government also closed down an Islamic school on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, saying it had links to Osama Bin Laden's al-Qaeda network. The Cambodia's small Muslim minority had suffered terribly at the hands of the fanatical Khmer Rouge regime in the 1970s.

Australia is planning its biggest armed intervention in the South Pacific since World War II. As many as 1,500 military personnel and police officers are set to be deployed in a multinational force to restore order to the Solomon Islands. The twisting archipelago, 2,500 km (1553 miles) northeast of Sydney is in chaos. Law and order has crumbled in a country once known as "The Happy Isles".

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Jacques Kallis and Jacques Rudolph's unbroken stand of 145 guided South Africa to a seven wicket win over England in the triangular series day-night one-day international at Old Trafford here Thursday.

Swiss fourth seed Roger Federer bludgeoned US fifth seed Andy Roddick 7-6 (8/6), 6-3, 6-3 in 1hr 43min Friday to race into the final of the men's singles at Wimbledon, setting up a meeting with Australia's Mark Philippoussis.

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