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Thursday  May 3, 2007

No immediate debt relief for Iraq 5/3/2007, 3:07 p.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Saudi Arabia said it is still negotiating with Iraq over writing off billions of dollars owed it by the war-torn country, and major creditors Kuwait and Russia failed to offer immediate debt relief a key goal of an ambitious blueprint launched Thursday to stabilize Iraq.
A look at what Iraq owes 5/3/2007, 2:56 p.m. PDT
(AP) Most of Iraq's debt was run up during its war with Iran in the 1980s. Iraq's finance minister puts the country's total remaining debt at $50 billion. But estimates vary and numbers from individual countries could put the total at higher than $60 billion:
Al-Qaida in Iraq propagandist killed 5/3/2007, 2:52 p.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) U.S.-led forces killed a top al-Qaida in Iraq figure linked to kidnappings of a Christian Science Monitor reporter and other Westerners, the military said Thursday as mourners gathered at the slain terrorist's home in a Sunni insurgent stronghold north of Baghdad.
Rice and Syrian FM meet, focus on Iraq 5/3/2007, 2:09 p.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said she raised the issue of foreign fighters entering Iraq from Syria in talks with Syria's foreign minister Thursday but "didn't lecture him" in the first high-level meeting in years between the two countries.
Iraqi lawmakers consider summer session 5/3/2007, 1:54 p.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) Iraqi lawmakers said Thursday they might consider shortening or even canceling their planned two-month summer break to continue working. But they insisted that pressure from Washington is not behind the possible holiday-on-hold.
Diplomats descend on party resort 5/3/2007, 12:45 p.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Dinner for the world's top diplomats meant no evening on the beach for tourists as security measures for an international conference Thursday put a crimp in the partying in this Red Sea resort, where bikini-clad sunbathers usually reign supreme.
Al-Qaida ousted from one Iraqi district 5/3/2007, 11:11 a.m. PDT
BAQOUBA, Iraq (AP) Across the walls of the villas they seized in the name of their shadow government, black-masked al-Qaida militants spray-painted the words: "Property of the Islamic State of Iraq."
Gunmen storm Iraqi radio station 5/3/2007, 10:51 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) Gunmen stormed the offices of an independent radio station in a predominantly Sunni area of Baghdad on Thursday, killing two employees and wounding five before bombing the building and knocking the station off the air, police said.
Rice meets with Syrian counterpart 5/3/2007, 8:56 a.m. PDT
SHARM El-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said her meeting with the Syrian foreign minister, the first high-level talks in years between the United States and Syria, was "professional" and focused on how to improve security in Iraq.
U.S.: Insurgent figure killed in Iraq 5/3/2007, 8:02 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) U.S.-led forces killed a senior al-Qaida in Iraq operative believed responsible for the kidnappings of Westerners, including a Christian Science Monitor reporter and a slain peace worker from Virginia, a military spokesman said Thursday.
U.S.: Syria tightened borders with Iraq 5/3/2007, 6:43 a.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syria's foreign minister in the first high-level talks between the countries in years, officials said Thursday, and the chief American military spokesman in Iraq said Syria had moved to reduce "the flow of foreign fighters" across its border.
4 dead in Iraq Green Zone rocket attack 5/3/2007, 6:23 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) A rocket attack on Iraq's heavily fortified Green Zone killed four foreign contractors working for the U.S. government, the American embassy said Thursday. It was the third straight day that extremists used rockets or mortars to hit the area where Iraq's parliament meets.
U.S.: Insurgent figure killed in Iraq 5/3/2007, 5:56 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) U.S.-led forces conducting a crackdown on al-Qaida in Iraq killed a senior member of an insurgent group who was responsible for the high-profile kidnappings of several Westerners, a military spokesman said Thursday.
U.S.: Rice to meet with Syrian FM 5/3/2007, 4:39 a.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syria's foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said.
4 dead in Iraq Green Zone rocket attack 5/3/2007, 4:31 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) A rocket attack on Iraq's heavily fortified Green Zone killed four Filipino contractors working for the U.S. government, the American embassy said Thursday. It was the third straight day that extremists used rockets or mortars to hit the area where Iraq's parliament meets.
U.S.: Rice to meet with Syrian FM 5/3/2007, 4:27 a.m. PDT
SHARM EL-SHEIK, Egypt (AP) Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will meet Syria's foreign minister Thursday in the first high-level talks between the two countries in years, a U.S. official said.
Iraqis: Abu Omar al-Baghdadi killed 5/3/2007, 4:01 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) A senior Iraqi official said Thursday that the leader of an al-Qaida front group had been killed in a clash with Iraqi security forces north of Baghdad, but the U.S. military said it could not confirm the report.
4 killed in Green Zone rocket attack 5/3/2007, 12:25 a.m. PDT
BAGHDAD (AP) Four Filipino contractors working for the U.S. government were killed in a rocket attack on the heavily fortified Green Zone, the American Embassy said Thursday.

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