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The United States has welcomed the killing of a top Hezbollah commander implicated in numerous spectacular bombings including that of US embassy in Lebanon in 1983. But Iran said the death of Imad Mughniyeh was another example of organized state terrorism by Israel. Israel has denied any responsibility. Jenner Bryon reports from Washington.

Imad Mughniyeh had been top of the US Most Wanted list until Osama bin Lade emerged as America's No1 enemy. State Department spokesman, Sean McCormack, described him as a cold-blooded killer and said the world was a better place without him. He was a mass murderer and terrorist responsible for countless innocent lives lost and one way or another he was brought to justice, he said. The FBI had a 5 million dollar bounty on his head and he disappeared from public view for many years.

Parliament in Iraq has passed three important laws which have been held as a step towards the reconciliation of the country's divided communities. It's a great of budget for the year, clear the way for provincial elections and decided on the limited amnesty for detainees. The Iraqi National Security Adviser, Muwafaq al-Rubaie, said the amnesty was a risk worth taking for the sake of reconciliation.

"I believe the center of call of this government is to include everyone, and to forget about the past, and to move on forward with our huge security gain and huge political gain we have enjoyed in the last few months."

Police in Denmark have released one of the three men detained on suspicion of plotting to murder the artist who drew controversial cartoon of the Prophet Muhammad. The two other men are to be expelled without trial because the Danish government has deemed their threat to national security. A police spokesman has described the arrests as preventative to stop the plot getting beyond the planning stage. Thomas Buch-Anderson reports from Aahus in Denmark.

Muslim groups, as well as accusation politicians, are criticizing the decision to expel the two, rather than put them on trial. A spokesman for the Islamic Faith Society in Denmark, Kasem Ahmed, said that the suspects should have the chance to defend themselves in court no matter what their nationality is.

On Wednesday, all the main newspapers in Denmark republished the cartoon in protest against the alleged plot to kill the artist Kurt Westergaard who with his wife remains in hiding.

Five young British Muslim men sent to prison for downloading and sharing terrorist material have been freed by the Court for Appeal in London. In overturning their sentences, the court overruled that the prosecution had not proved that the material would be used to incite or carry out a terrorist attack. The BBC security correspondent says the judgment could have significant legal implications for similar cases. Just looking at and thinking about extremist material will not be enough to send someone to jail.

World News from the BBC.

The former Finance Minister of Zimbabwe, Simba Makoni, who is running as an independent candidate in next month's presidential election has launched his manifesto in Harare. Mr. makoni described Zimbabwe as a sad nation, full of fear, and said that if he elected, he would start a process of national reconciliation. The opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai, has also confirmed that he'll be a presidential candidate. Mr. Tsvangirai said he was ready to work with Mr. Makoni to get rid of President Mugabe.

The World Trade Organization is reported to a rule against China and its dispute over import tariffs on foreign car parts. Trade officials say the WTO supported complains made by the United States, the European Union and Canada. They had argued that China was taxing those parts at the same rate as finished cars, a breach of China's accession agreement to the WTO. The decision is only an interim ruling and China has the right to appeal against the final result. Our economics correspondent Andrew Walker reports.

If this report is confirmed, it would be the first time that the World Trade Organization has made a ruling in a complaint against China which joined the organization in 2001. China has not been in the target of very many formal disputes; two have been settled by negotiation and other two WTO panels considering other complaints.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, said Russia will not take punitive action against Kosov despite expectations that its leaders will declare independence from Serbia early next week. The Serbian government has expressed its strong opposition to any attempt by Kosov to break away.

The American Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, says she intends to appoint a special envoy for energy issues who will monitor the use of oil and gas for political ends. Doctor Rice told congressional committee that what she called the politics of energy were warping to diplomacy in certain parts of the world. That comments come as Venezuela threatens to halt oil deliveries to the United States.

And that's the latest.

deem [di:m]
vt. 认为,视为
warp [wɔ:p]
v.(使)变形(弯曲,翘曲);歪曲,使反常

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