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Gaza Strip: Fighters trade missiles

Israeli aircraft sent missiles hurtling down on Gaza three times Saturday, killing seven Palestinian militants and sending a clear signal that Israel would not tolerate attacks following Hamas’ bloody takeover of the coastal strip. Around the time of the second strike, militants fired two crude rockets that struck the southern Israeli town of Sderot, just over the border from the Gaza Strip, the Israeli military said. No injuries were reported. Earlier in the day, a rocket landed short of Israel, falling in Palestinian territory.

Honduras: Soldiers storm prison

Hundreds of soldiers and police in ski masks stormed a prison where guards had lost control and armed prisoners were running free, the government said Saturday. The 660 soldiers and police confiscated weapons and locked down cellblocks late Friday at the National Penitentiary, just north of Tegucigalpa, the capital, an assistant security minister said. “We have seized cellular telephones, guns, knives, machetes, liquor, a hand grenade and a tear gas grenade,” he said.

Iraq: Decapitation story false

Reports of 20 beheaded bodies found south of Baghdad earlier this week were untrue and may have been fabricated by insurgents aiming to incite violence and revenge killings, the U.S. military said Saturday. On Thursday, many international and Iraqi media outlets reported the discovery of the bodies, quoting unnamed Iraqi police. The decapitated bodies had allegedly turned up on the banks of the Tigris River near Salman Pak, 15 miles southeast of Baghdad.

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