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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / March 27, 2008



The first group of foreign journalists allowed into Tibet's capital since the violence earlier this month saw heavily armed police stationed at virtually every intersection. The Chinese government arranged the two-day visit even as it vowed tighter controls over Buddhist monasteries in Tibet and adjoining provinces. It also said more than 660 people had surrendered and posted the names of 53 others wanted in connection with the violence.

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Israel's Defense Forces announced the capture of the Hamas operative behind the 2002 Passover Seder bombing, an attack that killed 30 people and wounded 143 others. Omar Jaber was discovered in Qalqiliya in the West Bank when soldiers went there Tuesday night to arrest another fugitive. His capture came two days shy of the March 27 attack in a Netanya hotel.

Saying, "I want a new brotherhood," President Nicolas Sarkozy arrived in London Wednesday for the first full state visit to Britain by a French leader since 1996. Sarkozy planned to propose pooling Britain's and France's arms industries as well as increasing cooperation on economic and immigration matters. Analysts said his visit comes at a time when he and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown both confront declining approval ratings, suggesting also that he may be reaching out to Britain because he has a chilly relationship with Europe's other key leader, Angela Merkel of Germany.

A news photographer was being treated for his wounds and more than 80 protesters were in jails around Minsk, the capital of Belarus, Wednesday after police beat demonstrators at a rally that the government had banned. Thousands of participants, many of them apparently students, were celebrating the anniversary of "Freedom Day," the March 25, 1918, declaration of independence from Russia that has become a rallying point for defiance of hard-line President Alexander Lukashenko.

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