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Iraq train collision kills 13, police say
HILLA, Iraq
A train collided with a packed car at a level crossing in central Iraq, killing 13 people in the vehicle, including 11 children, a local police officer and a medic said yesterday.
The crash occurred on Sunday north of the city of Hilla in an area called Al-Sayahiyah, the police officer said on condition of anonymity.
"Thirteen people from the family of Hamid Hrat were killed when the train rammed into their car at the level crossing," he said, adding the dead children included six boys and five girls.
Two dead in airstrike
GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip
Israeli aircraft killed two Palestinian militants of the Hamas group that rules the Gaza Strip and in an airstrike yesterday, Hamas and Palestinian doctors said.
The Israeli army spokesman confirmed the attack, saying the gunmen were located in the area of Bureij refugee camp not far from the Gaza-Israel border. A third Hamas gunman was seriously injured in the attack, Hamas said.
Peru cocaine arrests
LIMA, Peru
A woman and two youths were detained in Peru after the trio allegedly ingested capsules of cocaine and attempted to board an airplane to Argentina, a police official said Sunday.
The three were questioned at Lima's international airport Saturday night and taken to a nearby hospital, where they expelled capsules of cocaine, Police General Miguel Hidalgo, director of the country's anti-drug unit, told The Associated Press.
Police declined to give the youth's ages or gender until an official report is completed, but radio reports said they were aged 15 and 17, and traveling with their 47-year-old mother.
Jewish immigration
JERUSALEM
Jewish immigration to Israel continued to decline in 2007 with the number of newcomers at just 19,700, the lowest level in 20 years, according to figures published yesterday.
Immigration was down six percent from 2006, the immigrant absorption ministry said.
The number of immigrants from former Soviet countries, which made up 30 percent of all newcomers, dropped 15 percent from 2006.
Zeev Bielsky, the head of the Jewish Agency in charge of bringing in immigrants to the Jewish state, expressed concern over the falling numbers.
Diaspora Jews today "have fewer reasons to leave their countries of origin" as Israel has become "less attractive as a land of immigration," he told army radio.
Senate blocking Bush
WASHINGTON, D.C.
The U.S. Senate is holding special one man sessions throughout Christmas and the New Year to prevent U.S. President George W. Bush from making appointments without the approval of the Democratic majority.
With the bang of a gavel, Democratic Senator Jim Webb declared the first session open on Sunday morning before closing it seconds later, without any of his colleagues present in the hall.
The brief ceremony will be repeated every two to three days until January 18, when lawmakers resume their work after the Christmas and New Year's holidays.