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EGYPT: Mubarak trial set next week

Ousted President Hosni Mubarak is fit for trial, a senior judicial official said Thursday, and that will necessitate the transfer of the ailing 83-year-old from the resort town of Sharm-el-Sheikh to Cairo. Reports that he was refusing to eat or drink had raised questions about whether he would actually be tried next month on charges of corruption and ordering the killing of protesters during the 18-day uprising that forced him from power. Deputy Justice Minister Mohammed Munie said the trial, scheduled to begin Aug. 3, will be held in the Cairo Convention Center, the state news agency MENA reported.


SOMALIA: Fighting to protect food aid

African Union troops fought house-to-house battles with militants Thursday to clear space for aid groups bringing in food supplies after intelligence reports showed insurgents reinforcing for a possible attack on squalid camps of famine refugees. Heavy fighting erupted on the line of control between the government side and territory held by al-Shabab, Somalia's dominant militant group. At least six people were killed. The AU troops also paid a heavy price, with one official saying 19 were wounded. The house-to-house fighting was only 2 1/2 miles from the nearest famine refugee camp, said Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda, spokesman for the African Union peacekeeping force.


AFGHANISTAN: 19 killed in militants' attack

Equipped with suicide vests, hand grenades and guns, suspected Taliban fighters launched commando-style assaults on government buildings Thursday in the southern province of Uruzgan and at least 19 people died, the provincial health chief said.


IRAQ: Bombs kill 16 in Tikrit

A car bomb and a suicide bomber killed at least 16 people and injured at least 30 Thursday in Tikrit, police said, marking the deadliest attack in Iraq in about three weeks and coming days before the start of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

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