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The KPFA Evening News, Weekdays – December 19, 2004

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Car bombs in Iraq’s two main Shiite holy cities of Najaf and Kerbala kill at least 62 people and wounding nearly 130.. it was the highest bombing death toll in Iraq since July and the bloodiest attack since last month’s U.S. assault on Fallujah

Sudan’s foreign minister tells United Nations and African union officials
that the Sudanese government will immediately cease hostilities in Darfur, but critics question if the government will keep its promise

Amid allegations of corruption and calls for U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to step down, we speak with the former head of the U.N. oil for food program, who says the scandal lies with the U.S. and its allies

Israeli troops end a two-day assault on the Gaza Strip refugee camp of Khan Younis that left dozens of Palestinians dead or wounded, and nearly 40 homes reduced to rubble.