Palestinian President Disolves Government and Declares State of Emergency

HAMAS VS FATAH VIOLENCE

Abbas Fires Entire Cabinet, Declares State of Emergency

The United States said Thursday that it would consider an international peacekeeping for the Gaza Strip - just moments after Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas dissolved the Cabinet and declared a state of emergency across the Palestinian Territories. The sacking of the government came after Hamas fighters captured one of Gaza's last bastions of Fatah loyalists on a day that left at least 29 people dead. Hamas said it "executed" a top Fatah "collaborator" and issued a hit list of other key supporters of Abbas amid unconfirmed reports of prisoners being shot. (Daily Star)

Hamas Offers Amnesty to Fatah Leaders

On its first day of full rule in Gaza, the Islamic militant Hamas on Friday granted amnesty to Fatah leaders, signaling that it seeks conciliation with the defeated forces of moderate Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas. (AP)

IRAQ NEWS

5 G.I.'s Killed in Iraq, Military Says

Five American soldiers died in Iraq on Wednesday and Thursday, the U.S. military announced Friday, a day after extremists fired shells into Baghdad's Green Zone during a visit by the State Department's No. 2 official. (AP)

PAKISTAN

Seven Pakistani Intelligence Personnel Killed in Ambush in Quetta

At least seven intelligence personnel have been died and five other injured in an ambush here in night between Thursday and Friday. (Pak Tribune)

AFGHANISTAN

'Children Dead' in Afghan Bombing

At least six children have been killed and four injured in a suicide attack on a Nato convoy in the Afghan province of Uruzgan, police say. (BBC)

Police 'Kill Taleban Commander'

Afghan police have shot dead a senior Taleban commander in the eastern province of Ghazni, officials say. (BBC)

IRAN / AFGHANISTAN

Afghan Defense Chief Waves off US Claim on Iranian Arms

Afghanistan's defense minister on Thursday rejected claims by a top US State Department official that there was "irrefutable evidence" that the Iranian government was providing arms to Taliban rebels. "Actually, throughout, we have had good relations with Iran and we believe that the security and stability of Afghanistan are also in the interests of Iran," Abdul Rahim Wardak told The Associated Press. (Daily Star)

[ABC News Reported on June 6,2007 that Convoys from Iran to Afghanistan-
Document: Iran Caught Red-Handed Shipping Arms to Taliban]

Iran Forcibly Deports 100,000 Afghans

Dumped at this frontier outpost alongside hundreds of weary Afghan laborers, Khalil Jalil stepped out of Iran and back into Afghanistan only days after he said Iranian authorities beat him, threw him in the trunk of a car and locked him in a detention center. (AP)

HADITHA KILLINGS

Forensic Experts Testify that 4 Iraqis Killed by Marines were Shot from a Few Feet Away

Government forensic experts testified at a military hearing here Thursday that four Iraqi men killed by marines in Haditha in 2005 appeared to have been shot in the head from at least a few feet away, undercutting prosecutors' argument that the men had been "executed" by two Marine infantrymen. (NY Times)

U.K.

Al-Qaeda Cell Members Imprisoned

Seven men have been jailed for up to 26 years over an al-Qaeda-linked plot to kill thousands in the UK and US. (BBC)

INDONESIA

Indonesia Captures Head of Islamic Militant Group

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