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Israeli troops backed by tanks, war planes, fought fierce battles today with Palestinian militants near two northern Gaza towns in an effort to stop rocket attacks on southern Israel. At least 33 Palestinians were killed in Israel’s deadly / territory in more than a year. Palestinian hospital officials say about half of those killed were civilians including at least 2 children. The others were said to be Palestinian militants.

Some feared the violence could be railed the US-led peace effort. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has scheduled to visit the region next week. And the US state department now confirms that she is at Egypt to /. VOA’ David / has more. Rice is expected to meet Egyptian president / and foreign Minister / in Cairo next Tuesday in a newly added stop on the trip, reflecting growing US apprehension over the situation in Gaza. Israeli air strikes into Gaza retaliating for worked firing into Israeli towns near the coastal strip, had killed more than 30 people, including Palestinian civilians along with militants in the last 2 days. Rhetorical exchanges between Israel and Hamas leaders who controlled Gaza have also escalated the Israeli warnings of larger retaliatory actions including a possible ground offensive to quell the rocket flyer. The Bush administration rejects in a dialogue with Hamas which considers a terrorist organization though Egypt does speak to the group. US officials would like to see Egypt try harder to / smuggling. She flies later in the week to Brussels  NATO Foreign Minister’s meeting likely to be dominated by discussion of Kosovo and Afghanistan. David /, VOA News, the State Department.

 

The US’ decision to deploy / vessels of the coast of Lebanon is drawing criticism from the pro-Syrian / group, and Syria’s foreign minister is also criticizing the deployment. He told reporters in Damascus that Washington is trying to derail a potential solution to the political / made in Beirut. US officials would not say whether the show of forces means specifically for Syria which Washington considers a destabilizing influence in Lebanon and other areas.

 

After a 6-month decline, civilian deaths in Iraq were up again in February and an increase of 30% over January. The January civilian death toll was the lowest since last June when the United States sent 30,000 more troops to Iraq to quell a wave of sectarian violence.

 

The Turkish military says all of its troops have now withdrawn from northern Iraq after a week long assault on Kurdish rebels. The Turkey’s top military commander says the withdrawal was not the result of pressure from the US. General / told the Turkish newspapers that the withdrawal was for purely military reasons. He says their troops had accomplished their mission against Kurdish rebels.

 

Pakistani police have formally charged the Taliban and Al-Quada linked leader with the murder of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. Police have filed preliminary charges against / and four others in anti-terrorism court. The Pakistani government and the US Central Intelligence Agency have accused / of December 27th’s gun and suicide attack on the former Prime Minister.

 

One person has been killed in more than a dozen wounding in a suicide bomb attack today in northwest Pakistan. Authorities say the bomber ran his car into a vehicle. One day, / 40 people were killed in another suicide bombing in the region of /.

 

/ Opposition leader / says he is under health of arrest after police broke up an eleven-day protest in the capital /. Witnesses say hundreds of / police swept through a 10-city today, meeting protesters while clearing freedom square. An hour later, hundreds of activists return and resume the protests.

 

North Korea leader / is visiting the Chinese embassy in Pyongyang today while the chief US negotiator and North Korea arrive in Beijing as efforts continue to revive the / nuclear disarmament talks.

 

/ City, a crowded bus skidded off a highway and plunged into a ravine, killing at least 45 passengers and injuring 15 others. Authorities say speeding may be the cause. /buses are frequently overcrowded and navigated poorly-maintained roads.

 

 

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