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LEBANONBEIRUT — Lebanese security forces said they killed two suspected Islamist militants yesterday, including the leader of an Al Qaeda-inspired group that fought Lebanon’s Army in 2007. Army officials said one of those killed was Abdul-Rahman Awad, a leader of the Fatah Islam group. Awad was one of the most wanted men in Lebanon.
Commission calls for delay on voteJUBA — The northern National Congress Party, headed by President Omar al-Bashir, said that the commission organizing the southern independence referendum has asked to delay the vote, but the chief negotiator for the south said that is not an option. Only five months remain until the vote that could divide the country. But preparations have fallen far behind.
N. Ireland bomb injures childrenLONDON — Three children suffered minor injuries in a bomb attack apparently timed to attack police and emergency services in Northern Ireland. Police said a device exploded close to a school in Lurgan, injuring two 12-year-old children and a 2-year old, who were struck by flying debris. Police had been evacuating homes after reports of a separate device.
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