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

 

 US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is calling on Israeli and Palestinian leaders to restart peace talks immediately, saying the situation in the Middle East needs negotiations, not finger-pointing. Rice said today Hamas must stop rocket attacks on Israeli civilians. "Innocent people should not have to die in the circumstances that have taken place, and we are also very concerned about the humanitarian situation. " Rice spoke in Cairo after meeting with Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and the foreign minister.

 

A suicide bomb attack on a Pakistani military school in the eastern city of Lahore has killed five people and wounded 19 others. Lahore's police chief says today the attack began when two suicide bombers drove up to a service gate at the Naval War College. He says one attacker blew himself up, allowing the second to enter a parking lot and set off another explosion. There was no claim of responsibility for that attack.

 

Meanwhile an Indian prisoner who spent 35 years on death row in a Pakistan jail has returned to India after being granted clemency by Pakistani authorities. Anjana Pasricha reports from New Delhi.

 Kashmir Singh stepped across the Wagah border, between India and Pakistan, to a hero's welcome from family members, Indian officials and scores of onlookers. Singh, a short, balding man, in his 60's, was escorted to the border by Pakistani Minister for Human Rights Ansar Burney, who played a key role in his release. Singh was arrested in Pakistan in 1973, convicted of spying and sentenced to death by a military court. The Pakistani government later stayed his execution. Pakistan and India frequently arrest each other's citizens - often when they stray across land or sea borders. Some cases date back to the 1970's - a period when hostilities ran deep after the rivals fought two wars. Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf ordered Singh's release on humanitarian grounds. Singh's return to India is being seen as another symbol of the slow improvement in relations between India and Pakistan since they launched a peace process in 2004. Anjana Pasricha for VOA News, New Delhi.


Polls are open in all four of the US states holding primary elections today as US Senators Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama battle for support for the Democratic Party nomination. Texas and Ohio were the two key states in today's balloting, because they had many more delegates than the small northeastern states of Vermont and Rhode Island. On the Republican side, Senator John McCain could secure the Republican Party nomination with victories Tuesday. He has a commanding lead over former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee.

 

The Japanese Defense Ministry is calling on China to address the concerns of the international community after China's announcement it is increasing its military spending by nearly 18%. Japan is among several Asia-Pacific nations expected to voice concern about Beijing's jump in defense spending. Naomi Martig reports from Hong Kong.

 

In a statement released just hours after China announced plans to increase its military budget by 17. 6%, Japan's Defense Ministry repeated its calls that China be more transparented about the strength of its military. This year China is predicting it will spend more than 57 billion dollars on its military. Experts say Beijing's military strength is especially disconcerting because most nations are not aware of its actual capabilities. Following Tuesday's defense announcement, officials in China warned Taiwanese President Chen Shui-bian not to follow through with pro-independence plans, including efforts to seek United Nations membership under the name Taiwan. China still regards the island as part of its territory and has reserved the right to use force to reunify it with the mainland. Naomi Martig, VOA News, Hong Kong.

 Nepalese officials say they have found 12 bodies in the wreckage of a UN helicopter that crashed on Monday. Police said today the bodies found in the hilly eastern district of Ramechhap were burned beyond recognition. A spokesman for the UN mission in Nepal said Monday there were 7 UN employees and 3 crew members on board the aircraft.

 

The Organization of American States will hold an emergency meeting today in an attempt to peacefully resolve a dispute involving Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela, which have sent troops to their borders. Ecuador's President says he feels betrayed by Colombia's government for the attack against Colombian FARC rebels encamped in Ecuador.

 

 More details on these and more at voanews. com. I'm Frances Alonzo in Washington, VOA News.
 

 

 

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