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(PRESIDENT, ZELAYA, HONDURAS, WOULD, GOVERNMENT, AFTER)


By Patrick Markey and Mica Rosenberg TEGUCIGALPA (Reuters) - Ousted President Manuel Zelaya vowed on Tuesday to return to Honduras flanked by foreign leaders to serve the rest of his term, defying a warning from a hostile interim leadership that he will be immediately arrested. Zelaya gathered further international support as he addressed the United Nations and Organization of American States. He said the Argentine and Ecuadorean presidents and the U.N. General Assembly and OAS chiefs would accompany him on a trip back to Honduras on Thursday. Upping the ante in what is already Central America... read more
 
 
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(ISRAEL, BARAK, TALKS, MITCHELL, MEETING, PEACE)


By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said on Tuesday after talks with the U.S. Middle East envoy that it was too soon to say whether Israel would freeze West Bank settlements as demanded by President Barack Obama. Barak said the talks with envoy George Mitchell, which lasted over four hours, were "positive" but that there are still "differences." In a joint statement issued after their meeting, Barak and Mitchell said they had discussed the full range of issues related to Middle East peace and security. The statement said the discussions were constructive an... read more
 
 
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(INDONESIA, OTHER, LEADERS, THEIR, WIDODO, ELECTION)


By Sunanda Creagh SOLO, Indonesia (Reuters) - A quiet revolution is under way in Solo, Central Java, and in other parts of Indonesia where local leaders are learning that one way to get re-elected is to take voters and their needs seriously. Joko Widodo, a former furniture salesman, was elected mayor of this royal city four years ago. Like a handful of other local leaders, he has made a name for himself by taking on bureaucracy, graft and infrastructure in Solo, a microcosm of the problems that afflict Southeast Asia`s biggest economy. He and some of his peers, typically men in their forties o... read more
 
 
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(ISRAEL, BARAK, TALKS, MITCHELL, SETTLEMENTS, BUILDING)


By Daniel Bases NEW YORK (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak said Tuesday after talks with U.S. Middle East envoy George Mitchell it was too early to say whether Israel might declare a temporary freeze on settlements in the West Bank. Barak said the talks with Mitchell, which lasted over four hours, were "positive" but that there are still "differences." Asked whether Israel would declare a temporary settlement building freeze, he said: "I think that it`s a little bit too early to predict. We are considering every positive contribution Israel can make toward the taking off of a sig... read more
 
 
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01 July 2009 @ 04:03 am

(BAGHDAD, IRAQI, TUESDAY, TROOPS, SECURITY, GOVERNMENT)


By Tim Cocks and Muhanad Mohammed BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb in the northern Iraqi city of Kirkuk killed at least 25 people on Tuesday, just after U.S. troops handed over full control of Iraq`s cities to the domestic security forces six years after the invasion. The bomb, which wounded at least 40 people, struck a busy market in a largely Kurdish part of Kirkuk, a city viewed as a potential flashpoint between the Shi`ite Arab-led central government and Kurds. Police said the death toll could rise. Many Iraqis fear the U.S. pullback from towns and cities and into rural bases, the first step... read more
 
 
 
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(MONITORS, MISSION, RUSSIA, AFTER, ABKHAZIA, SOUTH)


By Matt Robinson TBILISI (Reuters) - United Nations monitors began pulling out of Georgia on Tuesday and the OSCE officially closed its observer mission, testing security almost a year since the former Soviet republic`s war with Russia. A deadline for the OSCE to withdraw passed on Tuesday after negotiations with Russia broke down in May. The mission conducted its last patrol on Friday, and has already left its hillside headquarters in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi. Russia rejected extending the mandates of some 130 U.N. monitors in breakaway Abkhazia and 20 monitors of the Organization for Se... read more
 
 
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(MISSILE, DRONES, HUMAN, RIGHTS, WATCH, WHICH)


By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Missile-firing Israeli drones unlawfully killed at least 29 Palestinian civilians during the Gaza Strip war, Human Rights Watch said on Tuesday. Despite having advanced surveillance equipment, drone operators failed to exercise proper caution "as required by the laws of war" in verifying their targets were combatants, the New York-based monitoring group said, issuing a 39-page report that described six alleged strikes by remote-controlled aircraft. Israel has a fleet of spy drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), but refuses to confirm or de... read more
 
 
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(MYANMAR, POLITICAL, REPORTERS, HOUSE, ARREST, GOVERNMENT)


TOKYO (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will strongly urge Myanmar`s ruling generals to release all political prisoners, including Aung San Suu Kyi, when he visits the country this week, he told reporters in Tokyo on Tuesday. Speaking after talks with Japanese Foreign Minister Hirofumi Nakasone, he said he was aware of concerns about his July 3-4 visit coinciding with the trial of Suu Kyi, the main opposition leader, who has been under house arrest for years. "It may be the case that the trial happens during my visit to Myanmar. I am very much conscious of that," Ban told reporter... read more
 
 
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(BORDER, CROSSING, AFGHANISTAN, PAKISTAN, SENIOR, TALIBAN)


KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide bomber attacked a border checkpoint at a crossing between Afghanistan and Pakistan on Tuesday, a senior border policeman said, wounding at least four people. The bomber attacked the crossing for women in the east Afghan town of Torkham, senior policeman Mohammad Zaman Mamozai told Reuters by telephone from the Afghan-Pakistan border. The checkpoint was ablaze, he said. Private Afghan television station Tolo reported that at least four people were wounded in the blast. Ambulances were rushing to the scene from the nearby city of Jalalabad, a former Taliban and al Qae... read more
 
 
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(PAKISTAN, GOVERNMENT, ATTACKS, OFFENSIVE, MEHSUD, WAZIRISTAN)


By Alamgir Bitani PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani militants in a northwestern region have scrapped a peace deal with the government and vowed to launch attacks, threatening to open a new front against the army already fighting in two areas. The military says it is nearing the end of an offensive in the Swat region, northwest of Islamabad, and is set to launch an assault on Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud in South Waziristan on the Afghan border. The offensive in Swat was launched two months ago after Taliban fighters thrust toward the capital, raising alarm both at home and among allie... read more