Reuters World News Highlights

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan – A roadside bomb killed 30 people in southern Afghanistan yesterday, officials said, in an attack that showed the rapidly worsening toll from bombs scattered across the country’s highways by insurgents.

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WASHINGTON – The United States and Myanmar were to open a dialogue at a meeting in New York that US officials hope may ultimately move the southeast Asian country’s military rulers toward democracy.

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LAGOS – Nigeria is in talks with several state-run Chinese oil firms wanting to buy proven reserves but has not offered them stakes in licences already being exploited by Western companies, a government minister said. on Tuesday.

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BERLIN – Two irritable media appearances by Free Democrat (FDP) leader Guido Westerwelle are raising questions, only two days after an election, about whether he has the temperament and experience to be Germany’s top diplomat.

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GENEVA – The United States called on its close ally Israel yesterday to conduct credible investigations into allegations of war crimes committed by its forces in Gaza, saying it would help the Middle East peace process.

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