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Wall Street Journal – Worldwide News Briefs For January 9, 2007 January 9, 2007

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U.S. AIRCRAFT HIT targets in southern Somalia where Islamic militants were believed to be sheltering suspects in the 1998 bombings of two U.S. embassies.
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As Bush prepares to unveil his latest Iraq strategy, Arab allies are worried that worsening strife could engulf the entire region, sparking a wider war in the middle of the world’s largest oil patch.
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U.S. and Iraqi forces launched raids to capture multiple targets, disrupt insurgent activity and restore Iraqi Security Forces control of Baghdad’s North Haifa Street. Fifty militant fighters were killed.
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United Airlines won a fierce four-way contest to provide new daily service to China and said it will begin direct flights from Washington to Beijing this spring.
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Putin ordered his cabinet to consider a possible reduction in oil output amid a dispute with Belarus over a halt in transit of Russian oil to Europe.
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The U.S. Treasury barred dealings with state-owned Bank Sepah of Iran for its role in Iran’s missile programs.
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China said that police found links to international terror forces in a raid on an alleged terror camp in the country’s far western Muslim region last week.
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Israeli Prime Minister Olmert arrived in China for a visit centered on boosting trade ties and discussions on Iran’s nuclear program.
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Venezuela’s Chavez called for the nationalization of the electricity industry and the nation’s largest telecom company.
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Democrats want to require royalties from companies that benefit from flawed oil and gas leases in the Gulf of Mexico, a major source of U.S. supplies.
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South Korea botched treatment of a citizen who escaped North Korean captivity, in the latest example of how Seoul is struggling to deal with people who flee the North.
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Japan upgraded its defense agency to a full ministry, in line with Abe’s push to give the military a greater profile.
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Tony Gwynn and Cal Ripken Jr. easily gained baseball’s highest honor, while Mark McGwire fell far short in his first try for the Hall of Fame.
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An Indonesian woman was in critical condition after being hospitalized with bird flu, a health official said. It was unclear how she contracted the virus.
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Stem-cell researchers reacted with enthusiasm and reservations to a report that scientists have found stem cells in amniotic fluid, a discovery that could allow them to sidestep controversy over destroying embryos for research.
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China said police killed 18 alleged terrorists and destroyed a training camp connected with Islamist separatists, marking an apparent escalation of Beijing’s struggle against antigovernment elements in the country’s restive northwest.

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