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“There is no reason for Israel to change this policy.” Amir Oren, a military analyst for the Israeli daily Haaretz, called for the ouster of Mossad director Meir Dagan

While few people are privy to the cloak-and-dagger operations of the Mossad, senior Israeli security officials not directly involved with the affair said they were convinced it was a Mossad operation because of the motive and the use of Israeli identities. The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because of a government order not to discuss the case, characterized it as a significant Mossad bungle.

The suspicions ratcheted up pressure on Israel to be more forthcoming over the killing of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, a man it claims supplied Gaza’s Hamas rulers with the most dangerous weapons it possesses. Israeli critics pointed the finger at Mossad, accusing it of sloppiness and endangering Israeli citizens.

Dubai police this week released names, photos, and passport numbers of 11 members of an alleged hit-squad that killed al-Mabhouh in his luxury Dubai hotel room last month. Dubai said all 11 carried European passports. But most of the identities appear to be stolen and at least seven matched up with real people in Israel who claim they are victims of identity theft.

“I don’t know why we are assuming that Israel, or the Mossad, used those passports,” Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told Army Radio in Israel’s first official comments on the affair.

But Lieberman did not deny involvement outright, saying Israel rightly maintains a policy of ambiguity where security operations are concerned.

“Israel never responds, never confirms and never denies,” he said. “There is no reason for Israel to change this policy.”

Amir Oren, a military analyst for the Israeli daily Haaretz, 부산중구출장샵 called for the ouster of Mossad director Meir Dagan.

“What is needed now is a swift decision to terminate Dagan’s contract and to appoint a new Mossad chief,” wrote Oren in a front-page commentary. “There’s no disease without a cure.”

The Iranian-backed Hamas has been blaming Israel for Mabhouh’s killing from the get-go.

“The investigation of the police of Dubai proves what Hamas had said from the first minute, that Israel’s Mossad is responsible for the assassination,” Mushir al-Masri, a Hamas legislator in Gaza, said Wednesday.

Mabhouh was one of the founders of the Hamas militant group, which has carried out hundreds of attacks and suicide bombings targeting Israelis, and now rules the Gaza Strip. He also was involved in the 1989 capturing and killing of two Israeli soldiers.

Israel considered him to be the point man in smuggling Iranian rockets into Gaza that would be capable of striking the Jewish state’s Tel Aviv heartland.

Al-Mabhouh was targeted in three previous assassination attempts, his brother Hussein told The Associated Press.

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Rep. Brian Baird, a Democrat from Washington state, also urged President Barack Obama’s Mideast envoy to visit the Hamas-ruled territory to get a firsthand look at the destruction caused by Israeli’s military offensive last year.

The Obama administration, 부산중구출장샵 like its predecessor, shuns Hamas because the Islamic militant group refuses to recognize Israel or renounce violence.

Israel and Egypt have restricted access to Gaza since Hamas’ victory in parliament elections in 2006 and tightened the blockade after Hamas seized Gaza by force in 2007.

Israel allows humanitarian supplies and food into Gaza, but has kept out cement and other building supplies needed for reconstruction. Israel argues such materials could be diverted by Hamas for military use.

Baird, who has announced his retirement from Congress, told a group of Gaza students Sunday evening that the U.S. should not condone the blockade.

“We ought to bring roll-on, roll-off ships and roll them right to the beach and bring the relief supplies in, in our version of the Berlin airlift,” he said, adding that the supplies could be delivered to U.N. aid agencies.

“Our combined forces take every precaution to minimize civilian casualties, and we will investigate this incident to determine how this happened.” Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar said the president “is very upset about what happened” and has been “very seriously conveying his message” of restraint “again and again.” Appearing on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said that the military mission of the Obama administration’s new Afghan strategy – clearing the region of militants – can be fulfilled, the longer-term part – helping the Afghans hold and build on it – is more of a question mark

2 years agoTaliban fighters stepped up counterattacks Monday against Marines and Afghan soldiers in the militant stronghold of Marjah, slowing the allied advance to a crawl despite Afghan government claims that the insurgents are broken and on the run.

Taliban fighters appeared to be slipping under cover of darkness into compounds already deemed free of weapons and explosives, then opening fire on the Marines from behind U.S. lines.

Also on Monday, NATO said five civilians were accidentally killed and two wounded by an airstrike when they were mistakenly believed to have been planting roadside bombs in Kandahar province, east of the Marjah offensive.

The airstrike happened one day after 12 people, half of them children, were killed by two U.S. missiles that struck a house on the outskirts of Marjah. Afghan officials said Monday that three Taliban fighters were in the house at the time of the attack.

The commander of U.S. forces was quick to apologize, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.

“When President Karzai approved this operation he gave us very specific guidance, which was to protect the people of Afghanistan, and this operation was done with this in mind,” said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Special Report: Afghanistan

The massive offensive involving some 15,000 U.S., Afghan and British troops is the biggest joint operation since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Clark, who is embedded with the U.S. military, reports that Kilo Company have only been able to receive supplies from air. Mine-clearing vehicles being used to reach them have come under direct fire, and that means for now the company is on its own.

On the third day of the main attack on Marjah, Afghan commanders spoke optimistically about progress in the town of about 80,000 people, the linchpin of the Taliban logistical and opium poppy smuggling network in the militant-influenced south.

Brig. Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, commander of Afghan troops in the south, told reporters in nearby Lashkar Gah that there had been “low resistance” in the town, adding “soon we will have Marjah cleared of enemies.”

Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said many insurgent fighters had already fled Marjah, possibly heading for Pakistan.

In Marjah, however, there was little sign the Taliban were broken. Instead, small, mobile teams of insurgents repeatedly attacked U.S. and Afghan troops with rocket, rifle and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Insurgents moved close enough to the main road to fire repeatedly at columns of mine-clearing vehicles.

At midday at least six large gunbattles were raging across the town, and helicopter gunships couldn’t cover all the different fighting locations.

Allied officials have reported only two coalition deaths so far – one American and one Briton killed Saturday. There have been no reports of wounded. Afghan officials said at least 27 insurgents have been killed so far in the offensive.

Nonetheless, the harassment tactics and the huge number of roadside bombs, mines and booby traps planted throughout Marjah have succeeded in slowing the movement of allied forces through the town. After daylong skirmishes, some Marine units had barely advanced at all by sundown.

As long as the town remains unstable, NATO officials cannot move to the second phase – restoring Afghan government control and rushing in aid and public services to win over inhabitants who have been living under Taliban rule for years.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai approved the assault on Marjah only after instructing NATO and Afghan commanders to be careful about harming civilians. “This operation has been done with that in mind,” the top NATO commander, U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, said Monday.

Despite those instructions, NATO said two U.S. rockets veered off target by up to 600 yards and slammed into a home Sunday outside Marjah, killing 12 people. Six children were among the dead, a NATO military official confirmed Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been formally released.

In London, Britain’s top military officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, called the missile strike a “very serious setback” to efforts to win the support of local communities, who are from the same Pashtun ethnic group as the Taliban.

“This operation … is not about battling the Taliban. It is about protecting the local population, and you don’t protect them when you kill them,” he said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.

NATO said the Kandahar airstrike was ordered Monday after a joint NATO-Afghan patrol saw people digging along a path “and believed that the individuals” were planting a roadside bomb. When they realized their mistake, troops flew the wounded to a NATO hospital, the statement said.

“We regret this tragic accident and offer our sympathies to the families of those killed and injured,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, the NATO command’s deputy chief of staff for joint operations. “Our combined forces take every precaution to minimize civilian casualties, and we will investigate this incident to determine how this happened.”

Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar said the president “is very upset about what happened” and has been “very seriously conveying his message” of restraint “again and again.”

Appearing on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, said that the military mission of the Obama administration’s new Afghan strategy – clearing the region of militants – can be fulfilled, 부산중구출장샵 the longer-term part – helping the Afghans hold and build on it – is more of a question mark.

“The bigger question is whether the Afghans can do their part, and all I would say is history teaches us to be somewhat skeptical,” Haass said.

The main attack began before dawn Saturday when dozens of helicopters dropped hundreds of Marines and Afghan soldiers into the heart of the city. Ground troops began moving just before sunrise, using makeshift bridges to cross the irrigation canals ringing the town because the main bridge was so heavily mined.

Although there was only scattered resistance on the first day, Taliban fighters seem to have regrouped, using hit-and-run tactics to try to prevent the Americans and their Afghan allies from gaining full control of the area.

The Taliban snipers appeared highly skilled at concealing themselves.

“I haven’t seen anything, not one person, not a muzzle flash,” said Richard Knie, of Hudson, Iowa, a former Marine and retired police officer embedded with the Marines as a law enforcement professional. “And I’ve been looking a lot.”

Troops complained that strict rules to protect civilians made it difficult to use enough firepower to stop the attacks.

“I understand the reason behind it, but it’s so hard to fight a war like this,” said Lance Corp. Travis Anderson, 20, from Altoona, Iowa. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us,” he said, adding that his platoon had repeatedly seen men dropping their guns into ditches before walking away to melt among civilians.

Cop: European Hit Squad Killed Hamas Cmdr.

The details given by Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim are the most comprehensive accusations by Dubai authorities since the body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found Jan. 20 in his luxury hotel room near Dubai’s international airport.

Tamim told reporters the alleged assassination team comprised six British passport holders, three Irish and one each from France and Germany. But he did not directly implicate Israel – as Hamas has done. The group has accused Israel’s Mossad secret service of carrying out the killing and 부산중구출장샵 has pledged to strike back.

Tamim said it was possible that “leaders of certain countries gave orders to their intelligence agents to kill” al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas’ military wing. Israeli officials have accused him of helping smuggle rockets into Gaza.

He said forensic tests indicate al-Mabhouh died of suffocation, but lab analyses are still under way to pinpoint possible other factors in his death.

Top Hamas figures have denied reports that al-Mabhouh was en route to Iran, which is a major Hamas backer. But the group has not given clear reasons for his presence in Dubai.

Tamim sketched out a highly organized operation in the hours before the killing.

He showed a news conference surveillance video of the alleged assassination team arriving on separate flights to Dubai the day before al-Mabhouh was found dead. The suspects checked into separate hotels.

They paid for all expenses in cash and used different mobile phone cards to avoid traces, he added.

At least two suspected members of the hit squad watched al-Mabhouh check in at his hotel and later booked a room across from the Hamas commander, Tamim said.

He added that there was “serious penetration into al-Mabhouh’s security prior to his arrival” in Dubai, but that it appeared al-Mabhouh was traveling alone.

“Hamas did not tell us who he was. He was walking around alone,” said Tamim. “If he was such an important leader, why didn’t he have people escorting him?”

Tamim said there was at least one unsuccessful attempt to break into al-Mabhouh’s hotel room. It was unclear whether he opened the door to his killers or if the room was forcibly entered.

The killing took place about five hours after al-Mabhouh arrived at the hotel and all 11 suspects were out of the United Arab Emirates within 19 hours of their arrivals, he added.

Tamim said the suspects left some evidence, but he declined to elaborate. He urged the countries linked to the alleged killers to cooperate with the investigation.

Earlier this month, Hamas said it launched floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to drift toward Israeli beaches to avenge al-Mabhouh’s death.

Israeli authorities discovered at least two explosives-rigged barrels and carried out an intensive search for other bombs, closing miles of beaches and deploying robotic bomb squads.

A Hamas statement last month acknowledged al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and said he was still playing a “continuous role in supporting his brothers in the resistance inside the occupied homeland” at the time of his death.

More than 2,000 mourners attended al-Mabhouh’s funeral and burial at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria.

“When President Karzai approved this operation he gave us very specific guidance, which was to protect the people of Afghanistan, and this operation was done with this in mind,” said Gen

Taliban fighters stepped up counterattacks Monday against Marines and Afghan soldiers in the militant stronghold of Marjah, slowing the allied advance to a crawl despite Afghan government claims that the insurgents are broken and on the run.

Taliban fighters appeared to be slipping under cover of darkness into compounds already deemed free of weapons and explosives, then opening fire on the Marines from behind U.S. lines.

Also on Monday, NATO said five civilians were accidentally killed and two wounded by an airstrike when they were mistakenly believed to have been planting roadside bombs in Kandahar province, east of the Marjah offensive.

The airstrike happened one day after 12 people, half of them children, were killed by two U.S. missiles that struck a house on the outskirts of Marjah. Afghan officials said Monday that three Taliban fighters were in the house at the time of the attack.

The commander of U.S. forces was quick to apologize, reports CBS News correspondent Mandy Clark.

“When President Karzai approved this operation he gave us very specific guidance, which was to protect the people of Afghanistan, and this operation was done with this in mind,” said Gen. Stanley McChrystal.

Special Report: Afghanistan

The massive offensive involving some 15,000 U.S., Afghan and British troops is the biggest joint operation since the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Clark, who is embedded with the U.S. military, reports that Kilo Company have only been able to receive supplies from air. Mine-clearing vehicles being used to reach them have come under direct fire, and that means for now the company is on its own.

On the third day of the main attack on Marjah, Afghan commanders spoke optimistically about progress in the town of about 80,000 people, the linchpin of the Taliban logistical and opium poppy smuggling network in the militant-influenced south.

Brig. Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai, commander of Afghan troops in the south, told reporters in nearby Lashkar Gah that there had been “low resistance” in the town, adding “soon we will have Marjah cleared of enemies.”

Interior Minister Hanif Atmar said many insurgent fighters had already fled Marjah, possibly heading for Pakistan.

In Marjah, however, there was little sign the Taliban were broken. Instead, small, mobile teams of insurgents repeatedly attacked U.S. and Afghan troops with rocket, rifle and rocket-propelled grenade fire. Insurgents moved close enough to the main road to fire repeatedly at columns of mine-clearing vehicles.

At midday at least six large gunbattles were raging across the town, and helicopter gunships couldn’t cover all the different fighting locations.

Allied officials have reported only two coalition deaths so far – one American and one Briton killed Saturday. There have been no reports of wounded. Afghan officials said at least 27 insurgents have been killed so far in the offensive.

Nonetheless, the harassment tactics and the huge number of roadside bombs, mines and booby traps planted throughout Marjah have succeeded in slowing the movement of allied forces through the town. After daylong skirmishes, some Marine units had barely advanced at all by sundown.

As long as the town remains unstable, NATO officials cannot move to the second phase – restoring Afghan government control and rushing in aid and public services to win over inhabitants who have been living under Taliban rule for years.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai approved the assault on Marjah only after instructing NATO and Afghan commanders to be careful about harming civilians. “This operation has been done with that in mind,” the top NATO commander, U.S. Gen. Stanley McChrystal, said Monday.

Despite those instructions, NATO said two U.S. rockets veered off target by up to 600 yards and slammed into a home Sunday outside Marjah, killing 12 people. Six children were among the dead, a NATO military official confirmed Monday, speaking on condition of anonymity because the information had not been formally released.

In London, Britain’s top military officer, Air Chief Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, called the missile strike a “very serious setback” to efforts to win the support of local communities, who are from the same Pashtun ethnic group as the Taliban.

“This operation … is not about battling the Taliban. It is about protecting the local population, and you don’t protect them when you kill them,” he said in an interview with the British Broadcasting Corp.

NATO said the Kandahar airstrike was ordered Monday after a joint NATO-Afghan patrol saw people digging along a path “and believed that the individuals” were planting a roadside bomb. When they realized their mistake, troops flew the wounded to a NATO hospital, the statement said.

“We regret this tragic accident and offer our sympathies to the families of those killed and injured,” said Maj. Gen. Michael Regner, the NATO command’s deputy chief of staff for joint operations. “Our combined forces take every precaution to minimize civilian casualties, and we will investigate this incident to determine how this happened.”

Karzai spokesman Waheed Omar said the president “is very upset about what happened” and has been “very seriously conveying his message” of restraint “again and again.”

Appearing on CBS’ “The Early Show” this morning, Richard Haass, president of the Council on Foreign Relations, 부산중구출장샵 said that the military mission of the Obama administration’s new Afghan strategy – clearing the region of militants – can be fulfilled, the longer-term part – helping the Afghans hold and build on it – is more of a question mark.

“The bigger question is whether the Afghans can do their part, and all I would say is history teaches us to be somewhat skeptical,” Haass said.

The main attack began before dawn Saturday when dozens of helicopters dropped hundreds of Marines and Afghan soldiers into the heart of the city. Ground troops began moving just before sunrise, using makeshift bridges to cross the irrigation canals ringing the town because the main bridge was so heavily mined.

Although there was only scattered resistance on the first day, Taliban fighters seem to have regrouped, using hit-and-run tactics to try to prevent the Americans and their Afghan allies from gaining full control of the area.

The Taliban snipers appeared highly skilled at concealing themselves.

“I haven’t seen anything, not one person, not a muzzle flash,” said Richard Knie, of Hudson, Iowa, a former Marine and retired police officer embedded with the Marines as a law enforcement professional. “And I’ve been looking a lot.”

Troops complained that strict rules to protect civilians made it difficult to use enough firepower to stop the attacks.

“I understand the reason behind it, but it’s so hard to fight a war like this,” said Lance Corp. Travis Anderson, 20, from Altoona, Iowa. “They’re using our rules of engagement against us,” he said, adding that his platoon had repeatedly seen men dropping their guns into ditches before walking away to melt among civilians.

“The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors,” he added

However, Mirthala Salinas has only been suspended for two months without pay, and not fired, 부산중구출장샵 reports KCBS-TV.

Salinas, 35, was having the relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when she announced the news of his separation from his wife of 20 years on the local Telemundo station.

The suspension follows a three-week internal investigation reviewed by executives at Telemundo and parent company NBC Universal. Three Telemundo employees also were disciplined. Findings were reported on the network’s national newscast Thursday night and announced by executives.

“We have determined that, while the content and accuracy of (local affiliate) KVEA’s newscasts were not compromised, our news policy standards with respect to conflict of interest were clearly violated,” Telemundo network president Don Browne said in a statement.

“Her reading of copy during newscasts … regarding the mayor’s separation from his wife was a flagrant violation of these guidelines,” Browne wrote in a separate memo to employees.

A message left with Salinas’ representative Thursday was not returned.

“Now that Telemundo’s internal review has reached a conclusion, it is my hope that we can all move forward,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

In its newscast, Telemundo reported others disciplined included KVEA news director Al Corral, who was suspended without pay for two months, and the station’s general manager, Manuel Abud, who was removed from his post and will be transferred to a new position still undetermined. Ibra Morales, president of Telemundo stations, will be reprimanded.

In late 2006 Salinas, then the station’s political reporter, and station management agreed that she should be reassigned to a different beat that would not involve reporting on the mayor or city politics, Browne said.

“That decision, consistent with our guidelines, was made on the basis of a friendship that had developed” between Salinas and Villaraigosa, Browne wrote.

A later decision, to move Salinas into a temporary anchor position where she read lead-ins about the mayor and city politics, “conflicted with our guidelines and with management’s prior decision,” wrote Browne.

“The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors,” he added.

Salinas was placed on leave July 5 while her employer investigated whether her romantic relationship with Villaraigosa breached journalistic ethics.

The long-rumored affair was acknowledged by Villaraigosa on July 3 after a newspaper story revealed details of the relationship.

Corina Villaraigosa filed for divorce June 12, a day after the mayor told reporters in a City Hall news conference that he took the blame for his crumbling marriage.

Salinas reported the news of Villaraigosa’s separation on the June 8 newscast of Telemundo’s local station.

“The rumors were true,” is how Salinas led into the story.

“I regret that decisions I have made in my personal life have been a distraction for the city,” the mayor’s statement said Thursday.

Review: ‘Bourne’ Kicks Butt

But now as we’re creeping into August, traditionally a dumping-ground time at the movies, we have easily the best threequel of all.

“The Bourne Ultimatum” kicks all of their butts – literally and figuratively. Clever and smart, fast and fun, it’s the first one that doesn’t feel like a dragged-out continuation of a series but rather a climactic, satisfying culmination. (Though, who knows? The ending does leave the door open for the possibility of “Bourne 4.”)

Paul Greengrass, who also directed part two, “The Bourne Supremacy,” as well as the riveting “United 93,” continues to prove himself a master of mood. He’s done something astonishing here: He’s made an action film that’s both delicate and aggressive, a difficult balance to strike.

It’s all stuff you’ve seen before — car chases, fistfights, international jet-setting and spy vs. spy intrigue — but it’s so expertly crafted and the cast is so superb that “The Bourne Ultimatum” exceeds all expectations of the genre.

And it’s even got a brain in its head. The script from Tony Gilroy (who also wrote 2002’s “The Bourne Identity” and 2004’s “The Bourne Supremacy”), Scott Z. Burns and George Nolfi, offers definite themes on the prevailing mistrust of government, but never gets specific enough that the film will feel dated in a decade.

2Matt Damon remains a strong, stoic force in the center as Jason Bourne, the amnesiac CIA assassin of Robert Ludlum’s novels, still seeking answers about his hazy past. This time, 부산중구출장샵 glimmers of how he became a trained killer are beginning to flash into his memory, which simultaneously makes him more of a threat and puts him in greater danger.

As in the first two “Bourne” films and last year’s “The Good Shepherd,” Damon has enough subtlety to play an enigmatic figure who still has a soul. Greengrass reportedly told him to be more “butch” and more intense, but he also shows just the right traces of vulnerability to remind you that you’re watching a complicated human being, and not just an efficient killing machine. This is especially true in his scenes with returning actresses Julia Stiles as fellow spy Nicky Parsons, who risks not just her job but her life to help him, and Joan Allen as CIA investigator Pamela Landy, who brings class and intelligence to the role of a woman who develops sympathy for the person she’s targeting.

Starting in Moscow (where he leads authorities on a tense train chase, reminiscent of “The French Connection”) Bourne hops to Paris, London, Madrid and eventually New York, seeking details about the super-secret government program that made him who he is today — fellow graduates of which have now been assigned to take him out.

David Strathairn’s Noah Vosen, who runs the unit with bloodless arrogance, tries to track him down using impossibly ubiquitous surveillance equipment. But Bourne being Bourne, and possessing an infinite number of passports, he keeps outsmarting him. A scene in London’s crowded Waterloo Station, where Bourne meets a journalist (Paddy Considine) who’s also looking into the covert program, is a dazzling display of intricately fluid choreography. Greengrass makes it look effortless.

But he cranks up the intensity even higher during a protracted foot chase across apartment rooftops and through narrow stairways in Tangier, which ends with a knock-down, drag-out, furniture-smashing fight between Bourne and another assassin who’s come from the same unit and is just as skilled. At one point they are literally trying to destroy each other with anything they can find — washrags, toothbrushes — and what’s great is that Greengrass knows he doesn’t need to overwhelm the sequence with needless music. The slapping, punching, crashing and cracking provide their own engrossing rhythm.

Later, things get a little ridiculous as Bourne emerges almost without a scratch from what has to be the most gnarly car pile-up in the history of New York City, but hey — it’s so well staged, it’s easy to ignore reality.

Besides, this is summer, the time you want to escape from it all at the movies. Brilliantly, “The Bourne Ultimatum” lets you do that.

“The Bourne Ultimatum,” a Universal Pictures release, runs 110 minutes. Three and a half stars out of four.

By Christy Lemire

12 quake killed more than 200,000 people

Red Cross spokesman Pericles Jean-Baptiste says the children were in the school when a wall collapsed at about noon Monday in the city of Cap-Haitien, about 80 miles (130 kilometers) north of the country’s quake-shattered capital.

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Officials say the area saw heavy rains and a small earthquake overnight, though the cause of the collapse is not immediately clear. The quake was not recorded by the U.S. Geological Survey.

A magnitude-7 quake on Jan. 12 near Port-au-Prince killed roughly 200,000 people.

Schools reopened last week in the north but they remain closed in the capital.

The school collapse comes amid widespread concerns in Haiti about the structural integrity of houses and buildings damaged by the quake, especially given the risk of further aftershocks. Many stand empty as even as quake victims desperate for shelter crowd the streets.

At least 54 aftershocks have shuddered through Haiti’s shattered capital since a Jan. 12 quake killed more than 200,000 people. They have toppled weakened buildings faster than demolition crews can get to them, sending up new clouds of choking dust. On Monday, three children were killed when a school collapsed in the northern city of Cap-Haitien. It wasn’t clear what caused the collapse, which occurred after a late-night tremor and heavy rains.

“I tried sleeping in the house for a night, but an aftershock came and I ran outside,” said Louise Lafonte, 36, who beds down with her family of five in a tent beside her seemingly intact concrete house. “I’m not going inside until the ground calms down.”

That may be awhile. Seismologists say more, damaging aftershocks are likely and there’s even a chance of another large quake following quickly after the initial catastrophe in the capital of 3 million people.

In 1751, a large quake hit the island that Haiti shares with the Dominican Republic. About a month later, another one destroyed Port-au-Prince.

A magnitude-7.4 quake that killed more than 18,000 people in northwestern Turkey in 1999 was followed three months later by another of magnitude-7.2 only 100 kilometers (60 miles) from the initial epicenter.

“There are many other examples like that of two significant earthquakes following each other,” said Eric Calais, 부산중구출장샵 a geophysicist at Purdue University who said he warned the Haitian government two years ago that the country was vulnerable to a major quake.

The prospect of another quake is on the minds of planners trying to rebuild the country and on those trying to prevent more deaths.

U.N. inspectors have advised people to stay away from dozens of structures. On Jan. 26, four people were trapped when a building collapsed on them, and on Feb. 9, a magnitude-4.0 aftershock shook loose debris at a shattered supermarket, trapping several more.

“One of the problems with aftershocks is that lot of buildings are already damaged, so aftershocks can punch above their weight,” said Brian Baptie, a seismologist with the British Geological Survey in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Seismologists say Port-au-Prince was particularly vulnerable due to its population density and shoddy construction.

Haiti’s government on Sunday banned the use of quarry sand in structures, although it is not clear how it will enforce the ban. Engineers say the limestone quarry sand produces brittle concrete easily damaged by quakes.

The U.S. Geological Survey estimated at the end of January that there was a 90-percent likelihood of at least one more magnitude-5 quake in the coming month, a 15 percent likelihood of one of magnitude-6 or greater, and a 2 percent possibility of a shock as great, or bigger, than the Jan. 12 quake.

At least 15 of the aftershocks near the original epicenter have registered at least magnitude-5.

Scientists say the impact of the quake last month may spread far wider.

A magnitude-5.8 earthquake struck off the Cayman Islands two days after the Haiti quake. Last week, a magnitude-5.4 quake jolted eastern Cuba. And Montserrat’s volcano, more than 1,000 kilometers (600 miles) to the east, shot ash some 15 kilometers (nine miles) into the sky during one of its most dramatic events since a 1997 eruption that drove away half the Caribbean island’s population.

“These events we’re seeing might be because of the passage of seismic waves – what we call dynamic triggering – that shake already damaged fault lines in places like Cuba,” Calais said. “The same type of thing could be happening in Montserrat, but it’s very difficult to tell.”

Strong quakes relieve stress along fault lines, but that stress is often shifted elsewhere.

Last month’s earthquake occurred along the east-west Enriquillo Fault, where two pieces of earth’s crust slide by each other in opposite directions like a zipper. Surprisingly, aftershocks haven’t clustered on the Enriquillo, but along what appears to be a previously unidentified separate fault.

Arthur Lerner-Lam of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in New York said there is a heightened risk of quakes for some time because strong temblors force the Earth to rearrange itself.

Estimating where a major quake may strike is an imprecise science anywhere – and especially in Haiti, which lacks seismometers and has never logged histories of temblors.

That sort of historical record is critical for scientists like Calais, who is advising Haiti’s government and the U.N. and is trying to develop an earthquake hazard map that can be used to mitigate risks for the reconstruction effort.

“We’re half-blind when it comes to Haiti,” Calais said.

More than 2,000 mourners attended al-Mabhouh’s funeral and burial at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria

The details given by Lt. Gen. Dhahi Khalfan Tamim are the most comprehensive accusations by Dubai authorities since the body of Mahmoud al-Mabhouh was found Jan. 20 in his luxury hotel room near Dubai’s international airport.

Tamim told reporters the alleged assassination team comprised six British passport holders, three Irish and one each from France and Germany. But he did not directly implicate Israel – as Hamas has done. The group has accused Israel’s Mossad secret service of carrying out the killing and 부산중구출장샵 has pledged to strike back.

Tamim said it was possible that “leaders of certain countries gave orders to their intelligence agents to kill” al-Mabhouh, one of the founders of Hamas’ military wing. Israeli officials have accused him of helping smuggle rockets into Gaza.

He said forensic tests indicate al-Mabhouh died of suffocation, but lab analyses are still under way to pinpoint possible other factors in his death.

Top Hamas figures have denied reports that al-Mabhouh was en route to Iran, which is a major Hamas backer. But the group has not given clear reasons for his presence in Dubai.

Tamim sketched out a highly organized operation in the hours before the killing.

He showed a news conference surveillance video of the alleged assassination team arriving on separate flights to Dubai the day before al-Mabhouh was found dead. The suspects checked into separate hotels.

They paid for all expenses in cash and used different mobile phone cards to avoid traces, he added.

At least two suspected members of the hit squad watched al-Mabhouh check in at his hotel and later booked a room across from the Hamas commander, Tamim said.

He added that there was “serious penetration into al-Mabhouh’s security prior to his arrival” in Dubai, but that it appeared al-Mabhouh was traveling alone.

“Hamas did not tell us who he was. He was walking around alone,” said Tamim. “If he was such an important leader, why didn’t he have people escorting him?”

Tamim said there was at least one unsuccessful attempt to break into al-Mabhouh’s hotel room. It was unclear whether he opened the door to his killers or if the room was forcibly entered.

The killing took place about five hours after al-Mabhouh arrived at the hotel and all 11 suspects were out of the United Arab Emirates within 19 hours of their arrivals, he added.

Tamim said the suspects left some evidence, but he declined to elaborate. He urged the countries linked to the alleged killers to cooperate with the investigation.

Earlier this month, Hamas said it launched floating explosives into the Mediterranean Sea to drift toward Israeli beaches to avenge al-Mabhouh’s death.

Israeli authorities discovered at least two explosives-rigged barrels and carried out an intensive search for other bombs, closing miles of beaches and deploying robotic bomb squads.

A Hamas statement last month acknowledged al-Mabhouh was involved in the kidnapping and killing of two Israeli soldiers in 1989 and said he was still playing a “continuous role in supporting his brothers in the resistance inside the occupied homeland” at the time of his death.

More than 2,000 mourners attended al-Mabhouh’s funeral and burial at the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk, near Damascus, Syria.

“The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors,” he added

However, Mirthala Salinas has only been suspended for two months without pay, and not fired, reports KCBS-TV.

Salinas, 35, 부산중구출장샵 was having the relationship with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa when she announced the news of his separation from his wife of 20 years on the local Telemundo station.

The suspension follows a three-week internal investigation reviewed by executives at Telemundo and parent company NBC Universal. Three Telemundo employees also were disciplined. Findings were reported on the network’s national newscast Thursday night and announced by executives.

“We have determined that, while the content and accuracy of (local affiliate) KVEA’s newscasts were not compromised, our news policy standards with respect to conflict of interest were clearly violated,” Telemundo network president Don Browne said in a statement.

“Her reading of copy during newscasts … regarding the mayor’s separation from his wife was a flagrant violation of these guidelines,” Browne wrote in a separate memo to employees.

A message left with Salinas’ representative Thursday was not returned.

“Now that Telemundo’s internal review has reached a conclusion, it is my hope that we can all move forward,” Villaraigosa said in a statement.

In its newscast, Telemundo reported others disciplined included KVEA news director Al Corral, who was suspended without pay for two months, and the station’s general manager, Manuel Abud, who was removed from his post and will be transferred to a new position still undetermined. Ibra Morales, president of Telemundo stations, will be reprimanded.

In late 2006 Salinas, then the station’s political reporter, and station management agreed that she should be reassigned to a different beat that would not involve reporting on the mayor or city politics, Browne said.

“That decision, consistent with our guidelines, was made on the basis of a friendship that had developed” between Salinas and Villaraigosa, Browne wrote.

A later decision, to move Salinas into a temporary anchor position where she read lead-ins about the mayor and city politics, “conflicted with our guidelines and with management’s prior decision,” wrote Browne.

“The failure to respond appropriately in the following weeks further compounded these errors,” he added.

Salinas was placed on leave July 5 while her employer investigated whether her romantic relationship with Villaraigosa breached journalistic ethics.

The long-rumored affair was acknowledged by Villaraigosa on July 3 after a newspaper story revealed details of the relationship.

Corina Villaraigosa filed for divorce June 12, a day after the mayor told reporters in a City Hall news conference that he took the blame for his crumbling marriage.

Salinas reported the news of Villaraigosa’s separation on the June 8 newscast of Telemundo’s local station.

“The rumors were true,” is how Salinas led into the story.

“I regret that decisions I have made in my personal life have been a distraction for the city,” the mayor’s statement said Thursday.