BAGHDAD, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Armed groups fighting US-led forces in Iraq have demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of foreign troops as a condition for laying down their arms, a Kurdish lawmaker said Tuesday.
DILI, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – East Timor’s President Xanana Gusmao extended his emergency powers Tuesday and warned of possible early elections to try to end the crisis in the impoverished nation.
BERLIN, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Germany midfielder Torsten Frings has warned Argentina that the World Cup hosts are a much stronger outfit than the team they faced at the Confederations Cup last June.
LONDON, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s credibility was back on the line Tuesday after a former senior cabinet minister accused him of losing his sense of "purpose and direction".
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Two British soldiers were killed in a battle with Taliban rebels in southern Afghanistan Tuesday while two civilians died in a suicide blast aimed at a German patrol in the north.
GAZA CITY, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – All Palestinian factions except Islamic Jihad reached an agreement Tuesday on a "national conciliation document" which implicitly recognises Israel’s right to exist, sources in Fatah and Hamas said.
JOHANNESBURG, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Nine men arrested after a shootout left four policemen and eight armed robbers dead in a central Johannesburg suburb over the weekend briefly appeared in a South African court on Tuesday.
TURIN, Italy, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Italian giants Juventus’ problems deepened on Tuesday as team manager Gianluca Pessotto was described as being in a critical condition after jumping from his second floor office in an apparent suicide attempt.
GAZA CITY, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – Key events in the Gaza Strip since the Israeli withdrawal last year which ended a 38-year occupation:
August 2005: Under the leadership of then prime minister Ariel Sharon, Israel begins withdrawing its occupation forces and some 8,000 settlers from the strip of territory it had seized from Egypt during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war. The pullout is completed in September.
STRASBOURG, June 27, 2006 (AFP) – European secret services colluded in the detention and secret transfer of terrorist suspects in or across the continent, the author of a key report on the CIA rendition flights said Tuesday.
Dick Marty, a Swiss parliamentarian who compiled the report for the Council of Europe rights watchdog, said there was no doubt of collaboration.
"It has been proved that agents from national intelligence services colluded in the handing over and the transportation of persons suspected of terrorism," he told members of the pan-European body’s parliamentary assembly.