Palestinian Forces Seek 2 Abducted Journalists

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Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Palestinian Forces Seek 2 Abducted Journalists

GAZA CITY -- Palestinian security forces on Tuesday hunted for two abducted Fox News journalists, and the Palestinian president and prime minister intervened in an attempt to gain their release.

Reporter Steve Centanni, 60, an American, and cameraman Olaf Wiig, 36, of New Zealand, were seized Monday by masked gunmen near the headquarters of the Palestinian security services. No one has asserted responsibility for the kidnapping, and major militant groups denied any role.

Early Wednesday, an Israeli airstrike blew up a house in the southern Gaza city of Khan Younis, killing two people and wounding at least four, hospital officials said. The army said the house was used by fighters to store arms and that residents were warned to leave.

ASIA

· TOKYO -- A Japanese tanker spilled about 1.4 million gallons of crude oil in the eastern Indian Ocean following a collision with a cargo ship, the tanker's operator said Tuesday. The spill is believed to be the largest ever involving a Japanese-operated tanker.

· NEW DELHI -- India, under a terror alert, deployed tens of thousands of police officers in major cities as the country marked 59 years of independence. Intelligence reports had indicated Islamic militant groups might be plotting major attacks around the celebrations.

-- From News Services


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