Category:July 21, 2006

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The time is 18:00 (UTC) on July 21st, 2006, and this is Audio Wikinews News Briefs.



Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper fulfilled his promise to use his own assigned airforce aircraft to pick up Canadians fleeing from the assault on Lebanon and who are currently stranded in Cyprus.

Ninety New Zealanders have been evacuated from war-torn Lebanon and are on their way to the safety of Cyprus. Three ships are helping in the evacuations, two British Navy and one United Nations chartered ferry.


Ta Mok, also known as the "Butcher", military commander of the Khmer Rouge regime which terrorised Cambodia in the 1970s, has died in a military hospital in Phnom Penh. He was facing trial for genocide and crimes against humanity committed during the regime's rule.


Indonesia's President, Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono, has visited the area worst hit by a tsunami that struck the Indonesian island of Java on Monday afternoon. Mr Yudhoyono toured the small town of Pangandaran and met people staying in a temporary camp.

United States

Microsoft Corporation has announced plans to buy back US$40 billion of its stock between now and 2011.

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