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By Compiled from wire service reports by Robert Kilborn / June 3, 2008



Taliban militants are "fleeing to their sanctuaries ... in another country," the NATO commander in Afghanistan said Monday, amid reports that more than 100 had died in combat operations last week. If accurate, those losses would be the heaviest in Taliban ranks in many months. Reinforced by US Marines, NATO and Afghan forces have been pushing into militant strongholds in southern Helmand Province. Their commander, Gen. Dan McNeill, did not cite any other country by name, but the only nation with which Helmand shares a border is Pakistan.

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A powerful car bomb exploded outside Denmark's embassy in Islamabad, Pakistan, Monday, killing at least six people, wounding dozens more, and causing heavy property damage. Suspicion quickly fell on Al Qaeda, whose No. 2 leader had called for attacks on Danish targets after newspapers in Denmark reprinted cartoons of the prophet Muhammad that Muslims find offensive. In Copenhagen, Prime Minister Anders Fogh Rasmussen said the attack would not result in any change to "the foreign and security policy we have been leading."

Investors dumped more stocks in Thailand Monday, extending a market slump that began last week over worries that the armed forces might seize power again, despite its assurances to the contrary. The Bangkok bourse lost another 2.8 percent after falling 4.8 percent last week. Opposition protesters clogged Bangkok's streets for the eighth straight day, calling Prime Minister Samak Sundaravej a "puppet" of his predecessor, Thaksin Shinawatra, and demanding that he resign.

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