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Friday, September 29, 2006

The Week in Review

Catch-up on major news events you missed in the past week-Plus the weekend’s top stories!

weekend top stories

In the news this weekend: Somalia's Islamists on Ethiopia's border, President of the European commission to meet with Meles,Speaker Hastert bottles up Korean human rights bill and more of the weekend's top stories!

Somalia's Islamists take control of village on Ethiopian border

Somalia's Islamic fighters have seized control of a strategic village near the Ethiopian border, the group said on Saturday. Fighters loyal to the radical Union of Islamic Courts group routed pro-government militia from the village of Jawill, some 15 kilometres (10 miles) from the Ethiopian border. The only roads between Ethiopia and central Somalia pass through the village. "The militiamen who controlled this village had a good relationship with Ethiopia so we decided they were an obstacle to our control in the region,'' said Hassan Abdirahman, whose Islamic fighters carried out the operation.(More...)

President of the European commission to meet with Meles

The president of the European commission, Mr. Jose Manual Barroso, next Monday will meet Prime Minister Meles Zenawi. Mr. Barroso is expected to arrive in Addis Ababa to night.

The delegation led by Barroso comprises three EC's vice presidents and eight commissioners, including Mr. Louis Michel, development commissioner. Mr. Barroso will be visiting Ethiopia for the first time. The delegation, comprising 60 people, will pay a two-day working visit. The objective of their visit is primarily to deepen existing cooperation and partnership ties between the African Union and the EC.(More...)

Speaker Hastert bottles up Korean human rights bill

"The Korean-American community is mounting an intense grassroots lobbying campaign in support of a House resolution calling for Japan to formally acknowledge and accept responsibility for sexually enslaving women during World War II." An aide said "I do not think Hastert was too pleased with the resolution...".(More...)

International News

-EU loan saved Darfur peacekeeping mission - AU
-The Bob Woodward Effect:Newsweek
-Israel plans to complete pullout Sunday
-Russia Halts Troop Withdrawal From Georgia as Tensions Rise
-India police: Pakistan spy agency behind Mumbai bombings
-Branson unveils private spaceship model
-Borat haunts Kazakh president