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US drone slaughters Pakistanis

A US unmanned Predator drone shot three missiles that hit a residence in Neej Narai mountains, in Ladha, South Waziristan, at the south Pakistani border with Afghanistan. Dawn TV Network says the attack killed six civilians. Attacks by remote-controlled planes of Pakistani tribal areas, especially in Waziristan, have become common place for over two years with the toll of over 800 civilians killed to date. The Pentagon denies such attacks although just its troops and the Central Intelligence Agency operate Predator drones in Afghanistan.

Somalia declares emergency

Somalia President Sharif Sheik Ahmed declared a state of emergency and seeks support from neighboring countries amid flaring violence and advance by opposition troops in an offensive started May 7.

WORLDNOTES - Italy, Philippines, Global, Lebanon, Nicaragua, Cuba

Italy: Gaddafi visit, a first Philippines: Land rights leader murdered Global: Union activists vulnerable, labor federation says Lebanon: Vote keeps status quo Nicaragua: Aid won’t be missed Cuba: Oil exported, with Venezuelan help

Specter tells labor: You're gonna like my EFCA vote

Congressional backers of the Employee Free Choice Act are closer than ever to the 60 senators they need to break a planned Republican filibuster after Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.) told a crowd of trade unionists in Pittsburgh June 6, “I believe you’ll be satisfied with my vote on this issue.”

Lebanon incumbents lead vote

Lebanon's March 14 Bloc (M14), which holds the parliamentary majority, maintains its supremacy over the March 8 coalition led by Hezbollah, according to partial official results disclosed there Monday.

Spencer, Heidi Pratt quit NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity'

Recently married The Hills stars Spencer and Heidi Pratt have reportedly quit NBC's 'I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here!' Upset at the show's Costa Rican jungle living conditions, the newlyweds quit the NBC reality competition hours after it began filming this weekend, NBC reality chief Paul Telegdy confirmed Monday.

Venezuela targets private banks

Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez has threatened to sanction private banks which fail to co-operate with his administration's drive to construct a socialist economy. Mr Chavez said that banks should facilitate exchange by providing credit to people buying houses or producing food, rather than generating massive profits for their owners.


NBC's risky Conan O'Brien-Leno move

When you come home every night during the week after a long day at work, after you prepare and eat dinner then eventually put the children to bed, what do you watch on television before and after the late night news?

WORLD NOTES Argentina, Egypt, China, Georgia, Afghanistan, Cuba

Argentina: Worker-run plants continue Egypt: Textile workers end strike China: Mainland, Taiwan leaders confer Georgia: Protest U.S.-backed president Afghanistan: Aid reaches few people Cuba: Russia returns as ally

Palestinians honor Holocaust victims

RAMALLAH, May 29 (IPS) - On a cool and overcast day, a procession of grim-faced people filed silently past pictures of heaps of skeletons piled high, of emaciated survivors with blank stares corralled behind barbed wire, barely clinging to life.

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