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Iran said it bombed troop concentrations and a munitions depot yesterday near Basra, and Iraq said its air force destroyed a sugar refinery in western Iran. The Iranian raids near Iraq's southern provincial capital came one day after Parliament speaker, Hashemi Rafsanjani said Iran was ready for another major ground offensive.

Haitian funeral service is abruptly called off

A funeral service for victims of raids that killed at least 34 people and thwarted national elections was abruptly canceled yesterday. Only minutes before the ceremony was to begin, Radio M'etropole and the Roman Catholic-operated Radio Soleil announced the cancellation. Organizers cited bad weather, but only a light drizzle was falling at the time.

As the two-day general strike ended, three leading presidential candidates joined forces to oppose the military-dominated junta, which they blame for the violence.

Israelis kill 2 protesters as Gaza violence goes on

Israeli soldiers opened fire yesterday on Arab demonstrators in two separate incidents in the occupied Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians were killed and at least 18 wounded, hospital officials said. The soldiers were trying to contain unrest triggered by a traffic accident Tuesday night. Police said three Arabs were killed and seven injured when an Israeli truck collided with two vans carrying Palestinian workers from jobs in Israel.

Palestinian journalist arrested in West Bank

Israeli security forces arrested a prominent Palestinian journalist and magazine editor, Radwan Abu Ayyash, at his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah Tuesday night, Israel radio reported. It said Mr. Abu Ayyash, who also heads the Arab Journalists Association, was accused of being a member of Al-Fatah, the Palestine Liberation Organization's mainstream guerrilla group, and of receiving funds to organize disturbances in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.


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