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BBC News with Blerry Gogan.

The Israelis are explaining why they have launched two days of devastating air attacks on Gaza, say they are determining to change the realities on the ground. The Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni said the aim was to free Israeli citizens from four years of Palestinian rocket attacks. She said Israeli forces had targeted the headquarters of Hamas, the military group which controls the territory.

We took Hamas by surprise, we targeted Hamas headquarters. This is the beginning of a successful operation, I hope. The idea is to change realities on the ground, so the question is not only what is going (on) now in Gaza Strip, but how we are going to change the future of the citizens of Israel.

In one of the latest raids, Israeli planes bombed the Islamic University in Gaza, a significant Hamas cultural symbol. Palestinian estimates suggest that almost 300 people have been killed so far.

Thousands of angry demonstrators have been taking to the streets in a number of Middle-Eastern cities to show support for the Palestinians. Some protestors notably in Egypt also called on their governments to take a tougher stand against Israel. At an official level, Egypt led the Arab world in condemnation of the bombardment in Gaza by summoning the Israeli ambassador to demand an end to the attacks.

Rescuers in northwestern Pakistan have been working into the night searching for people who may still be trapped under rubble after a car bomb explosion destroyed the polling station and a nearly school. It happened during a parliament by-election in Buner district and that killed at least 33 people. // reports.

Officials said a suicide bomber stopped the explosive-laden car outside the polling station, asked local people to help push it, then immediately denoted the explosion. The blast was so powerful that the polling station and a nearby school collapsed. Large numbers of people, including school children were trapped under the rubble. Rescuers and local residents so worked frantically to look at survivors. A spokesman for the Pakistani militant group Tehrik-e-Taliban in Swat said it had carried out the attack in retaliation for an earlier attack on its fighters by a local government-backed militia.

A court in Iraq has brought a new series of charges against more than 20 members of the former government of Saddam Hussein, accusing them of crimes against humanity. The best-known defendants are the former Iraqi deputy Prime Minister, Tariq Aziz and Ali Hassan al-Majid. Caroline Wyatt reports from Baghdad.

Tariq Aziz, once the urbane, cigar-smoking public face of Saddam Hussein's government, and Ali Hassan al-Majid, known as Chemical Ali, are charged with persecuting political opponents during the Baath Party's long rule in Iraq. The new charges centre on the arrest of up to 200,000 members of Iraq's political parties. Ali Hassan al-Majid has already been sentenced to death twice and is being tried on separate charges over the gas attack in Halabja that killed some 5,000 Iraqi Kurds in 1988.

World News from the BBC.

Coastguards in India’s Andaman and Nicobar Islands are also searching for hundreds of illegal immigrants, illegal migrants, who are missing after they jumped from a drifting boat and tried to swim ashore. A police official said one body had been found and more than 100 people rescued. A survivor told police that over 400 people had been on the boat, trying to reach Malaysia. Many of them missing are feared to have been drowned. The migrants are thought to be from Bangladesh and Burma.

Belgium’s later political crisis has stepped closer to being resolved. The speaker of the Lower Houseof parliament Herman Van Rompuy has accepted a request by King Albert II to try and form a new government. Mr. Van Rompuy, a Flemish Christian Democrat is expected to maintain the existing five-party-coalition of the outgoing Prime Minister Yves Leterme. His government quitted earlier this month over a bank scandal.

Election officials in Ghana have begun counting votes in the closely-fought presidential run-off poll. Their choice for president has been between Nana Akufo-Addo of the governing party and the opposition candidate John Atta Mills after neither managed to win outright in the first round. Will Ross is in the capital Accra.

Rumors of rigging and attempts of rigging throughout the day, but many of those rumors proved to be false alarms. Suspicions have been extremely high since the first round of this election and the two candidates Nana Akufo-Addo of the governing party and John Atta Mills of the opposition are very closely matched, the first round just 1% separated them. And within the next 48 hours, we should find out who has headed for Ghana’s recently built multi-million dollar presidential palace.

The President of Venezuela Hugo Chavez says his government will take back a number of mining concessions granted to private companies in an effort to supplement falling oil revenues. He did not say which concessions would be affected. The Venezuelan Mining Minister Rodolfo Sanz said earlier this year the government intended to take over the country’s largest gold mine, Las Cristinas.

BBC News.

 

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