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Iraq Kurds say no one hurt in Turkish bombing

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq (Reuters) - Turkish warplanes which struck Iraq on Saturday hit an area that has already largely been evacuated, causing no casualties, Iraqi Kurdish security forces said.


Pakistan group denies link to suspect in UK airline plot

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An aide to the leader of banned Pakistani militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad denied on Thursday that a British Muslim arrested in Pakistan in connection with the plot to blow up transatlantic airliners had ever been a member of the group.


Caught with pirated ware, directors face jail term and fines

Several international and large local companies were caught using pirated or unlicensed software and their directors are liable to be hauled up in court.


Fake coin ring in Johor busted

Police have busted a syndicate believed to be the first ever involved in counterfeiting local and Singaporean coins and seized more than 170,000 fake Singapore $1 coins and an array of counterfeiting paraphernalia, including chemicals, moulds and four coin-making machines.


Olmert awaits Lebanon war inquiry report

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An Israeli inquiry into the Lebanon war was expected on Monday to criticise Prime Minister Ehud Olmert sharply for launching last year's campaign against Hezbollah guerrillas but refrain from calling on him to resign.


Afghans protest over civilian deaths for third day

JALALABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Burning an effigy of U.S. President George W. Bush and chanting anti-U.S. slogans, hundreds of Afghans staged a third day of protests on Tuesday over the killing of civilians by U.S.-led coalition forces.


More bite needed against illegal scrap metal dealers

Sarawak wants the Federal Government to expand the Second Hand Dealers Act 1946 to cover the state to enable the authorities to act against illegal scrap metal dealers.


Rice pushes "roadmap"; Turkish troops enter Iraq

KIRKUK, Iraq (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, on a visit overshadowed by a Turkish incursion into northern Iraq, called on Iraqi leaders on Tuesday to urgently implement a national reconciliation roadmap.


Raid kills Taliban exchanged for Italian -Afghans

KABUL (Reuters) - Three Taliban prisoners, freed in return for the release of an Italian journalist, died in a U.S.-led raid that killed top Taliban field commander Mullah Dadullah, Afghanistan security officials said on Wednesday.


Tighten Customs Act to curb smuggling

The Customs Department wants more stringent penalties to be included in the Customs Act 1967 to check rampant smuggling as well as to ensure the safety of its officers in dealing with increasingly bolder smugglers.