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Aired on September 2, 2003

Violence continues in the Middle East; Libyan payout to French families clears the way for the U.N. to lift sanctions from the African nation; floods ravage parts of China, forcing thousands to flee. CNN's Deanna Morawski covers these stories in our headlines from around the world.

1. Against what group has Israel declared an all-out war? Why has Israel made this declaration? What action did Israeli forces take against Hamas on Monday? How many bystanders were injured in the attack? What is the status of Israeli-Palestinian relations?

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2. How many people were killed in the 1989 bombing of a French UTA airliner? How much money did Libya initially pay the families of the UTA bombing victims? What new deal did France and Libya reach regarding the UTA bombing incident? Why has Libya agreed to offer more money to the families of the UTA bombing victims? What is the status of this case?

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3. What area of China has been hit by torrential rainstorms? What type of damage have the storms caused? How many people have died? How many people have been displaced from their homes? How long are the heavy rains expected to last?

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Related Links

CNN.com: Israeli strike kills two Hamas militants (http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/08/30/mideast/index.html)

CNN.com: Israel vows 'all-out war' on Hamas (http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/meast/09/01/mideast/index.html)

CNN.com: New deal on UTA bombing (http://www.cnn.com/2003/WORLD/africa/09/01/libya.uta/index.html)

Thousands flee China floods (http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/3199395.stm)

Keywords

Israel, Gaza, Hamas, terrorism, Libya, Moammar Gadhafi, UTA airliner, compensation, France, China, floods


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