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PAKISTAN: 70 civilians reported killed in airstrike

Public anger rose Tuesday over a weekend airstrike by Pakistan's military, which targeted insurgents but which a government official and villagers said killed more than 70 civilians. The Saturday bombings hit the Khyber area along the Afghan border. A senior official said the government had offered nearly $125,000 in compensation to the families. Ire over the strike threatened to undercut support for the U.S.- backed push against militants.


ISRAEL: Terror warning to Sinai visitors

Israel issued an "urgent" warning Tuesday to its citizens to leave Egypt's Sinai Peninsula immediately, citing "concrete evidence of an expected terrorist attempt to kidnap Israelis in Sinai." The statement from the prime minister's anti-terror office took the unusual step of calling on families of Israelis visiting the Sinai to establish contact with them.


THAILAND: New year frolicking eases tensions

Political tensions gave way to water fights at the start of the lunar new year holiday Tuesday even as anti-government protesters threatened to march on the army barracks where Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva is encamped. The protesters, who are demanding fresh elections, promised they would unleash another street "offensive" Wednesday. But the beginning of the three-day Songkran festival, an annual ritual of dancing, drinking and water fights, somewhat doused the tense situation.


ICELAND: Fumes force jet's emergency landing

An American Airlines flight with 145 people aboard made an emergency landing Tuesday after five crew members became ill amid reports of chemical fumes in the cabin. The flight from Paris to Dallas-Fort Worth landed at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik. Another plane was being sent from London to complete the trip to Texas.


CHINA: 67 dead in earthquake near Tibet

Chinese authorities say a strong earthquake Wednesday in Qinghai, a western province near Tibet, has killed at least 67 people. The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake measured a magnitude of 6.9.

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