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s0nido
January 15th, 2009, 05:59 PM
OK, there's been very amazing news lately, with two pieces of news created already here at OC. So, if there's any news to post, feel free to post it here. You can also talk about any news and discuss it in The News Discussion Thread, which is also at OC.

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The first news item will be one about a key Hamas figure killed in Gaza.
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7831870.stm

Key Hamas leader killed in Gaza


One of the top Hamas leaders in Gaza has been killed in an air strike, Hamas and Israeli officials have said.
Said Siyam, the Hamas interior minister, was killed in an air raid on his brother's home near Gaza City.
Earlier, Israeli troops and tanks moved closer into the heart of Gaza City, engaging in fierce gun battles with fighters from Hamas.
The UN's relief agency, Unrwa, said part of its HQ in Gaza caught fire after being hit by Israeli shells.
Senior figure
As interior minister, Mr Siyam controlled thousands of Hamas security troops in Gaza and was said to be widely feared.
His son and brother were also killed in the strike, along with two other Hamas officials - the interior ministry's security director Saleh Abu Sharkh and the local leader of the Hamas militia, Mahmoud Abu Watfah.

Mr Siyam is one of the most senior Hamas leaders killed in the 20-day Israeli operation in the Gaza Strip aimed at stopping Palestinian rocket fire into Israel.
He became a member of the "collective leadership" of the militant group in 2004 after Sheikh Yassin and Abdel-Aziz Rantissi were assassinated by Israel.
His death came at the end of a day of fierce clashes which also saw the UN compound in Gaza City shelled by Israeli troops.
UN Relief and Works Agency (Unrwa) spokesman Christopher Gunness said three of the agency's employees were hurt in the attack.
About 700 people were sheltering in the compound at the time, he said, and the fire burnt through stocks of food and medicine, approaching five full fuel tanks.

Mr Olmert met UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon in Tel Aviv and apologised for the attack, but said Palestinian fighters had been firing from the UN site.

"It is absolutely true that we were attacked from that place, but the consequences are very sad and we apologise for it," he said.
"I don't think it should have happened and I'm very sorry."

The Gaza Strip was subjected to a punishing series of air strikes overnight and shell-fire raked the coastal enclave as soldiers and tanks pushed into Gaza City.
The advancing troops came under fire from fighters from Hamas and other Palestinian factions positioned on rooftops and balconies, said the BBC's Rushdi Abualouf.
The building where he lives in the Gaza City suburb of Tel al-Hawa was surrounded by Israeli tanks at one point, he said, and several shells hit the lower floors.
At least one hospital in Gaza City - al Quds, run by the Palestinian Red Crescent - was hit by shellfire, but no injuries were reported.
A tower block housing offices from several media companies was also hit. One journalist from the Abu Dhabi television channel was injured.
Columns of thick smoke rose into the sky over Gaza as the fighting carried on through the day.

A total of 1,083 people in Gaza have now been killed since the Israeli operation began, Gaza's Ministry of Health said on Thursday - 70 higher than the previous day's figure. Nearly a third of the dead are children, Gaza medics said.
Thirteen Israelis - including three civilians - have died. Two-hundred-and-thirty-three soldiers have been wounded, an Israeli army spokesman said.
As the clashes continued in Gaza, about 25 rockets were fired from the territory into southern Israel, Israeli police said.
Eight people were injured in Beersheba from the rocket fire, Israeli medical officials said.
Humanitarian crisis
As Gaza saw one of the fiercest days of fighting since the conflict began on 27 December, international condemnation of the Israeli operation grew.
In the midst of a Middle East tour to rally support for an end to the fighting, Mr Ban repeated previous calls for an immediate ceasefire.

He said the suffering in Gaza was a "dire humanitarian crisis" that had reached an "unbearable point".
Meanwhile, Hamas and Israeli negotiators were said to be making progress towards a ceasefire agreement as they held separate meetings with Egyptian mediators in Cairo.
Egypt has been leading efforts to broker a ceasefire that could include a peacekeeping force being deployed along its border with Gaza to prevent the smuggling of weapons.
Hamas has said any ceasefire agreement would have to include a halt to Israeli attacks, the complete withdrawal of Israeli forces and the opening of border crossings to end the blockade of Gaza.
Israel wants an end to rockets being fired into Israel from the Gaza Strip and a internationally-supported mechanism to ensure that Hamas can not re-arm in the future.
Israel has refused to allow international journalists to enter Gaza without supervision, making it impossible to independently confirm casualty figures.


http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/7832601.stm
Zimbabwe is introducing a Z$100 trillion note, currently worth about US$30 (£20), state media reports.
Other notes in trillion-dollar denominations of 10, 20 and 50 are also being released to help Zimbabweans cope with hyperinflation.
However, the dollarisation of the economy means that few products are available in the local currency.
On Thursday, the opposition leader said he was still committed to power-sharing intended to rescue the failing economy.
Since September, when the deal was signed, talks have stalled over who should control key ministries.
Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) leader Morgan Tsvangirai said he was due to hold talks with President Robert Mugabe "within this coming week" to try to resolve the political crisis.
He described Mr Mugabe as "part of the problem but also part of the solution".
The latest annual figure for inflation, estimated in July last year, was 231m% - the world's highest.
On Tuesday, a 50bn Zimbabwean dollar note was issued, AFP news agency reports.

Chibi-chan
January 16th, 2009, 08:02 PM
You know...we don't need a personal newsfeed here ^-^; This doesn't mean you can double post either.... let's keep it to one topic okay?

s0nido
January 17th, 2009, 02:17 PM
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/middle_east/7835794.stmIsrael is to halt its three-week military offensive against Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has said.
He said Israel had achieved its aims and the unilateral ceasefire would start at 0200 (2400 GMT). But he said troops would remain in Gaza for now.
A Hamas spokesman said it would not accept one Israeli soldier in Gaza.
Nearly 1,200 Palestinians have been killed since the violence began on 27 December. Thirteen Israelis have died.
Minutes before Mr Olmert was due to speak, a rocket was fired from Gaza, a BBC producer in Gaza said.
'Goals achieved'
The Israeli prime minister's announcement came in a televised address following a late-night cabinet meeting.
Israel's "goals have been achieved, and even more", Mr Olmert said, with Hamas badly damaged both militarily and in terms of infrastructure.
But the success of the ceasefire depended on Hamas, he said.
Troops would remain in Gaza for the time being and if militant rocket fire into Israel continued, Israel would respond with force, he said.
A Hamas spokesman, Fawzi Barhum, said the group could not "accept the presence of a single [Israeli] soldier in Gaza".
Israel must withdraw completely, lift its economic blockade of Gaza and open border crossings, he said.
Hamas representatives have been taking part in talks in Cairo, brokered by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, aimed at reaching a bilateral truce.