- The US fired missiles on an Islamist-held town in southern Somalia this morning. A US military official said the attack was "a deliberate, precise strike against a known terrorist and his associates." Three missiles hit Dhoble town, reportedly killing six people and wounding 20. Islamist insurgents took the area last week and reports indicated a leader, Hassan Turki, had been present in the area. The US is accusing the Somali Islamists of giving a safe haven to those responsible for the 1998 attacks on its embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
- Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas suspended peace talks with Israel yesterday following renewed violence in the Gaza Strip that has killed more than 100 Palestinians since last Wednesday. Hamas has continued its campaign of rocket strikes against Israel, prompting reciprocal attacks on the Gaza Strip. Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert said "with all due respect, nothing will prevent us from continuing operations to protect our citizens." US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice is set to visit the region this week, and the latest reports say Israel has begun to withdraw from the five-day offensive, while warning their response is not over.
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