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Labor Party chooses '07 budget team
The Labor Faction authorized party Chairman Amir Peretz on Friday to handle all direct contacts with Prime Minister Ehud Olmert regarding the 2007 state budget.
It was also decided that a discussion panel should be set up, comprised of ministers Isaac Herzog, Eitan Cabel and Shalom Simhon, and charged with the task of holding mid-level negotiations for the application of the coalition agreement for the new budget.
India: Blast kills 30, injures 100
A pair of bombs ripped through the crowded streets of a western Indian city Friday as Muslim worshippers were leaving afternoon prayers, killing 30 people and injuring 100, 56 of them seriously a top official said, calling the violence "a terrorist act."
Five teens killed in crash near Tiberias
Five people were killed Friday night in a head-on collision between vehicles on a road near the northern town of Tiberias.
According to police, the five killed were believed to be teenagers on their way home from a trip to the Sea of Galilee.
Haniyeh: Hamas gov't won't step down
Palestinian Authority Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh declared on Friday that his embattled Hamas-led government had no intention of stepping down, despite a sweeping civil service strike and an economic crisis that a top UN official said has brought the Gaza Strip to a "point of near meltdown."