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Thursday, April 27, 2006

News Round-Up

Senate Panel Recommends Abolishing FEMA
By Lara Jakes Jordan AP
WASHINGTON - Hurricane Katrina's latest fatality should be FEMA, the nation's disaster response agency, a Senate inquiry concluded in calling for a government overhaul to avoid future failures like those the devastating storm exposed.

Sister of Iraq's New Sunni Arab VP Killed
By Thomas Wagner, AP
BAGHDAD, Iraq - A sister of Iraq's new Sunni Arab vice president was killed Thursday in a drive-by shooting in Baghdad, a day after the politician called for the Sunni-dominated insurgency to be crushed by force.

Nepal Rebels Declare 3-Month Cease-Fire
By Binaj Gurubacharya, AP
KATMANDU, Nepal - Nepal's communist rebels pledged Thursday to halt attacks for three months to give the Himalayan country a chance for peace as a new government takes over in the wake of bloody protests that forced the king to reinstate parliament.

Palestinian militant killed in missile strike
GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli missile strike killed a Palestinian militant and critically wounded another on Thursday in the Gaza Strip, medical officials said.

Rice, Rumsfeld Tout New Iraq Government
By Anne Gearan & Robert Burns AP
BAGHDAD, Iraq - Success in forming a new Iraqi government may let some U.S. troops leave the war zone within months, the top American military commander in Iraq said Wednesday. Paying a surprise visit, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld embraced the country's fledgling leaders as independent and focused on the future.

April 24, 2006
Tehran Times
Chile's top court rules Pinochet has no immunity
SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- The Supreme Court on Friday upheld a lower court's ruling stripping General Augusto Pinochet of his legal immunity, a step that clears the way for the former dictator to be tried in the kidnapping and disappearance of 37 dissidents under his long regime.

Peru evacuates villagers near erupting Ubinas volcano
LIMA, Peru (AP) _ Authorities on Sunday evacuated about 200 people from their southern Peruvian village in the shadow of the erupting Ubinas volcano, an official said.

April 23
Venezuela Plans to Raise Trade Barriers Against Colombia, Peru -- Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez said he will raise trade barriers against Colombia and Peru because the neighboring Andean countries reached free-trade agreements with the U.S.

April 22
Capitol Hill Weighs in on CIA Officer Who Was Fired for Leaking Info to Press
WASHINGTON — The CIA fired a top intelligence analyst who admitted leaking classified information that led to a Pulitzer Prize-winning story about a network of secret CIA prisons, government officials say.

The officer was a senior analyst nearing retirement, Mary McCarthy, The AP learned. Reached Friday evening at home, her husband would not confirm her firing.