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Israel has released details of how it proposes to ease its blockade of the Gaza Strip, saying all civilian goods are now being allowed in. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the current system of wasting goods admitted to enter Gaza would be replaced by a smallest for the items that are banned.
Israel has faced intent international pressure to ease the blockade after an Israeli raid on ships carrying aids to Gaza three weeks ago, resulted in the death of 9 Turkish activists. The Middle-East Envoy Tony Blair said today's statement would achieve three things.
"It moves from the situation where only those items on a permitted list can come into Gaza to a situation where things come into Gaza as a matter of course unless they are on a prohibited list. It allows us to facilitate using United Nations projects for reconstruction, aid things like schools, hospitals, water sanitation and so on."
The German Development Minister Dirk Nieble has criticised Israel's refusal to allow him to enter Gaza. Mr. Niebel, who's currently on a visit to Israel, said the government was hurting its own interest, making it difficult for its friends to understand its behavior. He meet officials from the UN Relief Agency in Gaza and visit a sewage treatment plant founded by German development aid.
Police in Iraq say 26 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in two suicide car bombings. They happened outside a bank and the Interior Ministry in Baghdad. Jim Miur reports.
The two bombs went off about a minute apart as the suicide drivers blew up their cars at the checkpoint controlling access to the bank and the ministry building. The bank took the brunt of the blasts, which ripped front off the building. Security guards were among the dead and injured, but so two, where people happened to be in the area at a busy time, going to the bank or to the ministry building, which gives out identity cards. Only last week, the heavily guarded Iraqi central bank was attacked by suicide gunmen, prompting speculation that financial institutions may be the latest category targets chosen by insurgents.
Exit polls from Pland's presidential election suggest that the acting president Bronislaw Komorowski has won the most votes but without the 50% needed for outright victory. His closes rival, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, the twin brother of the later President Lech Kaczynski, who was killed in a plane crash in Russia in April. Adam E. reports from the capital Warsaw.
The three exit polls were announced immediately after the polling stations closed. The put Mr.Komorowski in the lead between 5 and 13 percent points over his main rival Jaroslaw Kazynski. None predicted he had won more than 50% of the votes to avoid a second round. Mr. Kaczynski, who campaigned on continuing his brother's legacy, received a significant sympathy vote following his personal loss, not enough to overcome Mr. Komorowski.
Polls have closed in the decided round of Columbia's presidential election. Turnout was reported lower than the first round. Suvey conducted ahead of the election suggested a win for the government candidate and former Defense Minister, Juan Manuel Santos, who now missed winning outright to the round. His rival is the Green Party candidate, Antanas Mockus, a former mayor of the capital Bogota.
The State Department in Washington says the Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Russia Foreign Minister Servey Lavrov have discussed the recent violence in Kyrgyzstan in which about 2,000 people are believed to have died. Spokesman said that during the phone call, Mrs. Clinton and Mr. Lavrov shared their concern of the continued ethnic tension there. Aid agencies said the violence had displaced 400,000 people, including 100,000 who fled across the border into Uzbekstan.
At the Football World Cup, the French squad has boycotted the training session, prompting the team director Jean-Louis Valentin to resign. France has just 1 point from their first two matches, and they risk of elimination. Alex Capstick from Johannesburg has this story.
Preparations for France's crucial qualifying game in South Africa on Tuesday have been thrown into chaos. The players refused to take part in a training session which was open to the public, in protest Nikolas Anelka's expulsion from the squad. The striker was thrown out of the team on Saturday, following a hated argument with the head coach, Raymond Domenech. Mr. Domenech read out the statement written by the players which accused the French Federation of taking a decision based on facts supplied by the press. It's been reported there was also altercation between the captain, Patrice Evra, and the fitness coach. The team director, Jean-Louis Valentin, has called incident scandal, he was so fed up, he decided to go home.
In the latest game, Brazil have beaten Ivory Coast 3-1. Earlier, the current champion Italy was held to 1-1 draw with New Zealand, and Paraguay beat Slovakia 2-0.
And that's the lasted BBC News.