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Bush signs NATO protocols
U.S. President George W. Bush signed NATO agreements on Friday that put Albania and Croatia a step closer to joining the western security alliance.
NATO members agreed at an April summit in Bucharest to invite Albania and Croatia to join the alliance. The Balkan neighbors will be eligible when all 26 NATO members ratify the accession protocols.
"Albania and Croatia's entry into NATO is an historic step for the Balkans," Bush said at a White House ceremony to sign the agreements.
Philippine unrest
A Philippine army vehicle hit a crude landmine planted by communist rebels who then opened fire on the troops inside killing six soldiers and wounding two, an army commander said yesterday.
Lieutenant-Colonel Manuel Sequitin, a battalion commander in Compostela Valley on the troubled southern island of Mindanao, said the soldiers were on their way to a community meeting in New Bataan town on Friday when the rebels attacked.
"Six of our boys were killed in the initial blast and volley of automatic gunfire," Sequitin told reporters, adding the troops were preparing for a medical mission in the area next week.


Updated : 2021-05-14 19:56 GMT+08:00