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From the VOA News Center in Washington, I'm Frances Alonzo.

 

The Turkish military says its troops have pulled out of northern Iraq after an aggressive assault on Kurdish separatist rebels. Turkey's military general staff says troops returned to their bases in Turkey today after receiving their goals, rather after achieving their goals, against the PKK rebels. The military says it killed 240 PKK rebels and lost 27 of its own soldiers in a week of fighting. However, the PKK says it killed about 100 Turkish troops and lost 5 of its fighters.

 

Iraqi officials say the country's presidential council has approved the execution of Saddam Hussein's cousin Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as "Chemical Ali". No date has been set for Majid's execution. Majid was given the nickname "Chemical Ali" due to his role in poison gas attacks and mass killings of Kurds in northern Iraq during the 1980s.

 

A top Israeli official has warned that Israel will invade the Gaza Strip in response to Palestinian rocket fire which has continued despite stepped-up Israeli air strikes this week. Israel's deputy defense minister told Israel radio today the Jewish state has no choice but to launch a wide-scale military operation in Hamas-controlled Gaza. Meanwhile, in Gaza today tens of thousands of Palestinians took to the streets to denounce Israeli air strikes that have killed at least 32 people, about half of them civilians in recent days.

 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy has called for Colombia's main rebel group to release French-Colombian hostage Ingrid Betancourt before she dies in captivity. For VOA, Terry FitzPatrick reports from Cape Town that Mr. Sarkozy has offered to fly to Colombia if rebels demand his personal involvement.

 

French President Nicolas Sarkozy is visiting South Africa but says he has been in touch with two hostages released earlier this week by the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, a rebel group also known as FARC. Through a translator Mr. Sarkozy said the hostages told harrowing tales of their captivity and said Ingrid Betancourt is very ill and is being mistreated.

 

"Forgive me for speaking bluntly but I speak from the heart. Mr. Perez and Gloria Polanco shared with us their experiences and they are terrifying, terrifying in terms of the cruelty that they described and the barbarism which literally makes one feel sick. And it is something that the FARC need to understand. The martyrdom of Ingrid Betancourt is in some sense the martyrdom of the whole of France."

 

Betancourt has dual French-Colombian citizenship and has been held hostage for six years. She is a former presidential candidate and one of about 750 hostages that FARC is believed to be holding. Terry FitzPatrick, VOA News, Cape Town, South Africa.

 

The United States and China have signed an agreement for Chinese researchers to provide the U.S. military with information from Chinese archives. That information may help shed light on the fate of some of the 8,100 Americans still missing or unaccounted for from the Korean War. VOA's Stephanie Ho reports.                                                             
                                                              
The deal was signed in Shanghai Friday by China's Ministry of National Defense and a US Defense Department official. Under the new arrangement, Chinese archivists will provide information about American servicemen held in Chinese Prison of War camps during the Korean War, which lasted from 1950 to 1953. Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense Charles Ray represented the American side. "Any time we get access to new information that might open up leads to cases of people we haven't accounted for, it's a big deal." Ray says the U.S. has received information from Chinese archives in the past, but that these essence have been episodic. He says the new pact marks the first time the U.S. side will have sustained access to Chinese archival information. Ray says there is an urgency to resolve as many cases as possible from a war that was fought more than 50 years ago. Witnesses are disappearing, and relatives are dying without knowing what happened to their loved ones. Stephanie Ho, VOA News, Beijing.
                             
A Chinese national wanted for the murder of his wife in New Zealand has been apprehended in the United States. Authorities say he was recognized by a group of Chinese nationals in Atlanta who phisically restrained him until police arrived. Chamblee Police chief Marc Johnson. "He lost the scuffle badly. They ultimately had pulled his pants down around his ankles, tied up his legs with his pants and tied his hands up with his belt, and turned him over to the officers when I got there." Xue will be extradited to New Zealand to face the murder charge.

 

More details at voanews.com. I'm Frances Alonzo, VOA News.

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