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The police and bailiffs faced resistance from several dozen protesters who threw bricks and struggled with officers at the site, set in fields 30 miles east of London.


Kenyan jets pound al-Shabab in Somalia

NAIROBI — Kenyan jets struck in Somalia on Wednesday in a bid to rid the border area of Islamist rebels blamed for a spate of abductions, including that of a French woman who died in captivity, officials said.

Kenyan ground troops guided by pro-government Somali forces prepared for a fresh assault against the al-Shabab insurgents with the blessing of the Western-backed government in Mogadishu and its Ugandan protectors.

Nairobi’s unprecedented military incursion into Somalia, which it said already had killed dozens of al-Shabab fighters, triggered dire warnings of bloody retaliation by a top al-Shabab leader.

The Foreign Ministry in Paris announced the death of Marie Dedieu, a 66-year-old wheelchair-bound woman snatched from her beach house in the Kenyan resort of Lamu earlier this month and taken to Somalia by her kidnappers.


Hezbollah in Moscow for official talks

MOSCOW — A Hezbollah delegation arrived in Moscow on Wednesday for talks with Russian officials, the state RIA Novosti news agency reported, quoting the movement’s parliamentary leader Mohammad Raad.

The delegation from the Lebanese militant group’s political wing, led by Mr. Raad, was due to hold talks with Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Thursday as part of its three-day visit, Mr. Raad was quoted as saying.

He said the visit aimed to show “the intention to deepen the prospects of cooperation and coordination between Russia and Lebanon.”


Prosecutor won’t appeal Mladic trial decision

THE HAGUE — The chief prosecutor of the Yugoslav war crimes tribunal said Wednesday that he is considering trimming the indictment against former Bosnian Serb military chief Gen. Ratko Mladic to speed up the case.

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