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Iran said it bombed troop concentrations and a munitions depot yesterday near Basra, and Iraq said its air force destroyed a sugar refinery in western Iran. The Iranian raids near Iraq's southern provincial capital came one day after Parliament speaker, Hashemi Rafsanjani said Iran was ready for another major ground offensive.Skip to next paragraph
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Haitian funeral service is abruptly called off
A funeral service for victims of raids that killed at least 34 people and thwarted national elections was abruptly canceled yesterday. Only minutes before the ceremony was to begin, Radio M'etropole and the Roman Catholic-operated Radio Soleil announced the cancellation. Organizers cited bad weather, but only a light drizzle was falling at the time.
As the two-day general strike ended, three leading presidential candidates joined forces to oppose the military-dominated junta, which they blame for the violence.
Israelis kill 2 protesters as Gaza violence goes on
Israeli soldiers opened fire yesterday on Arab demonstrators in two separate incidents in the occupied Gaza Strip. Two Palestinians were killed and at least 18 wounded, hospital officials said. The soldiers were trying to contain unrest triggered by a traffic accident Tuesday night. Police said three Arabs were killed and seven injured when an Israeli truck collided with two vans carrying Palestinian workers from jobs in Israel.
Palestinian journalist arrested in West Bank
Israeli security forces arrested a prominent Palestinian journalist and magazine editor, Radwan Abu Ayyash, at his home in the West Bank town of Ramallah Tuesday night, Israel radio reported. It said Mr. Abu Ayyash, who also heads the Arab Journalists Association, was accused of being a member of Al-Fatah, the Palestine Liberation Organization's mainstream guerrilla group, and of receiving funds to organize disturbances in the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Abu Ayyash is editor of the pro-PLO East Jerusalem weekly Al-Awdah.
Gibraltar's top official submits resignation
Gibraltar's chief minister, Sir Joshua Hassan, resigned yesterday, opening the way to an election campaign likely to focus on a controversial agreement signed last week giving Madrid a hand in the use and running of Gibraltar's airport. Sir Joshua, who says he is stepping down for personal reasons, devoted much of a 40-year-long career opposing Spain's claim to the colony.
Riot police free directors held in Paris bank strike
Riot police stormed the Bank of France yesterday and freed two directors held by about 1,000 strikers occupying the fortresslike building. At a meeting after the raid, the strikers voted to continue the stoppage and said the police attack had rallied more provincial staff to their side.
Two-thirds of the bank's 17,000 employees nationwide have been on strike for nine days in a dispute over pay, conditions, and job security.
Colombian court staff strike over back pay
About 19,000 court employees, including hundreds of judges, went on strike yesterday because they hadn't been paid for six weeks. Payment of public employees is awaiting the conclusion of the Colombian Congress's debate on the 1988 budget.
The strike closed over 4,000 court offices and will deprive about 40,000 inmates of an early release from prison. The Congress had decreed the early release so they could spend Christmas at home this year.
Plane with soccer team from Peru crashes in sea