Wednesday, June 18, 2008

News Roundup, 6/18/08

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Israel calls for Lebanese peace talks: Israel and Gaza's Hamas leaders have agreed to a truce that begins Thursday morning at 6 a.m. and is set to last for six months. Peace talks are planned, but for any truce to be successful for the Israelis, Cpl. Gilad Shalit, who was kidnapped by Gaza militants in June 2006, would have to be released.

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Bush to urge lifting of ban on offshore drilling: White House press secretary Dana Perino reported Tuesday that President Bush is set to ask Congress today to lift the ban on new offshore drilling. It is an effort to increase domestic oil supply for the U.S., but opponents are worried that aquatic ecosystems will be destroyed.

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Woman soldier among Afghan dead: A female soldier was the first female UK soldier to die in Afghanistan. She was in a military vehicle that was caught in an explosion and three other soldiers died. Nine UK soldiers have died in the past 10 days.

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Walker remains hospitalized Tuesday after robbery, beating: Javon Walker, Oakland Raiders' wide receiver, suffered a concussion and facial injuries after being robbed on a Las Vegas street early Monday morning. The thief got away with $3,000 in cash as well as $100,000 in jewelry.

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