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Fatah supporters carry a comrade wounded Monday in clashes with Hamas, a rival Palestinian faction.

At least seven Palestinians were killed and 55 wounded Monday when Hamas security forces and Fatah gunmen traded fire at a Gaza City rally. The rally was being held to commemorate the third anniversary of Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat's death.

Russian and Ukrainian authorities launched a rescue and clean-up operation in the Black Sea after fierce storms sank five ships, including an oil tanker and three ships carrying sulphur, and left at least two sailors dead and 20 sailors missing. Read more.

A thick plume of black smoke covered the sky over London as a blaze broke out in a disused warehouse on the site of the 2012 Olympics. Read more.

Leng Sary, the foreign minister of the Khmer Rouge regime that ruled Cambodia in the late 1970s, and his wife were arrested by a U.N.-backed genocide tribunal.


Former Pakistan Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto called on President Gen. Pervez Musharraf to immediately step down in the wake of a mass crackdown on the opposition this week.

Turkish helicopter gunships attacked Kurdish villages inside Iraq, Iraqi officials said, the first such airstrike since border tensions have escalated in recent months.

A man who murdered an 11-year-old girl more than 30 years ago was finally been jailed after police traced a DNA sample he had provided for a separate investigation back to the case. Read more.


Traffic gridlock gripped the French capital as President Nicolas Sarkozy's promised labor reforms went head to head with transport and utility unions who have launched an open-ended nationwide strike.

A major earthquake struck northern Chile, terrifying residents, toppling power lines and closing roads. Read more.

Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf says he plans to resign as army chief by the end of November and begin a new presidential term as a civilian.

Prime Minister Gordon Brown said Britain is to ramp up security at air and rail terminals as part of sweeping new anti-terror measures that will see buildings bomb-proofed and citizens placed under more surveillance. Read more.


Hundreds have been killed and thousands made homeless after a powerful tropical cyclone slammed into the southern coastal region of Bangladesh. Read more.

A British court ruled that radical Muslim cleric Abu Hamza al-Masri can be extradited to the United States, though any final decision on extradition is still several months away. Read more.

Members of a Russian doomsday cult barricaded themselves in a cave to wait out the end of the world as the cult's leader underwent psychiatric exams. Read more.

Banking giant Barclays said it had taken a £1.3 billion (€1.8 billion; U.S.$2.7 billion) hit amid the turmoil in credit markets, with an £800 million write-down last month alone. Read more.


Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf swore seven of his allies into a caretaker government, despite a pledge to include "people of a neutral band." Read more.

The last cluster of rural homes in areas slated to be flooded in China's Three Gorges Dam project was demolished as the height of the reservoir rises.

North and South Korea agreed to launch cross-border rail service for the first time in more than half a century, the latest sign of improving relations between the two sides. Read more. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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