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08/09/2007

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States Feel Left Out of Disaster Planning

WASHINGTON -- A decision by U.S. President George W. Bush's administration to rewrite the nation's emergency response blueprint in secret has angered state and local emergency officials, who worry that Washington is repeating a series of mistakes that contributed to its bungled response to Hurricane Katrina nearly two years ago.

Basra Security Worsens as British Leave

WASHINGTON -- As British forces pull back from Basra in southern Iraq, Shiite militias there have escalated a violent battle for political supremacy and control over oil resources, deepening concerns among some U.S. officials in Baghdad that elements of Iraq's Shiite-dominated government will turn on one another once U.S. troops begin to draw down.

European Mosque Plans Face Protests

PARIS -- With petitions in London, a court case in Marseille and a violent clash in Berlin, Muslims in Europe are meeting resistance to plans for mosques that befit Islam's status as the continent's second religion.

U.S. Forces Hit Militia in Baghad

BAGHDAD -- U.S.-led forces swooped into the Shiite militia stronghold of Sadr City on Wednesday, killing 32 suspected militants in fighting and an airstrike. Iraqi police and witnesses said nine civilians were killed.

Korean Leaders Announce Summit

SEOUL, South Korea -- The leaders of North and South Korea will meet this month for the second time since the peninsula's division after World War II, the two countries announced Wednesday, capitalizing on progress in Pyongyang's nuclear disarmament to revive their historic reconciliation.

British Seek Source of Outbreak

LONDON -- Health experts worked Wednesday to determine whether an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in southern England came from a high-security government laboratory or a private company at the same site. They were also trying to determine whether its spread was deliberate.

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