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08/16/2006

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Refugees Return to Lebanon as Cease-Fire Holds

Two days after a shaky UN truce goes into effect, Syria's president praises Hezbollah for its ""achievements"" against Israel.

Bomber Strikes Iraqi Party's Offices

A suicide bomber killed nine people at the party headquarters of the Iraqi president, as fierce gun battles between supporters of an anti-American Shiite cleric and Iraqi forces left at least six people dead Tuesday, officials said.

Sri Lankan Schools Close Amid Steady Violence

Soldiers and Tamil Tiger rebels traded artillery and mortar fire in northern Sri Lanka on Tuesday, an official said, as schools closed over fears that civilians could be targeted by the insurgents.

Chavez Foe Escapes From Prison

One of Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's most threatening enemies is on the loose, and many Venezuelans wonder what new plots he might have in mind.

Parties Merging Into a Loyal Opposition

A Party of Life-Pensioners' Party alliance offers an alternative to United Russia.

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