Gaza fighting kills 20, including news cameraman

GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip - Israel struck hard against targets in Gaza on Wednesday, killing at least 20 Palestinians in a day of heavy fighting that also saw three Israeli soldiers die in a brazen Hamas ambush.

Among the Palestinian dead was a news cameraman.

The surge in violence came after a relatively quiet month and threatened to unravel an Egyptian effort to mediate a cease-fire between Israel and Hamas.

Police arrest 36 in troubled Zimbabwe

HARARE, Zimbabwe - Police arrested 36 people and accused them of attempting to violently enforce a nationwide strike called by Zimbabwe's opposition to press for the release of presidential election results, authorities said Wednesday.

A judge, meanwhile, acquitted New York Times correspondent Barry Bearak and British journalist Stephen Bevan of covering the election illegally.

Magistrate Gloria Takwunda said the state 'failed dismally to prove that there was reasonable suspicion of them practicing as journalists.'

Prosecutor charges admitted Nazi hit man

BERLIN - A German prosecutor has filed new murder charges against an admitted Nazi hit man who has avoided jail for nearly six decades despite being convicted in the Netherlands of killing civilians in reprisal for resistance attacks during World War II.

Dortmund prosecutor Ulrich Maass told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the charges involve the 1944 murders of three Dutch men while Heinrich Boere was a member of a Waffen SS death squad. AP was first to report last month that Maass had quietly reopened the case by beginning his own investigation of the 86-year-old Boere.

Boere has acknowledged involvement in the killings, but describes them as a reality of wartime. He could not be reached for comment Wednesday. The old-age home where he lives said he checked himself into a hospital early this week.

Airstrike kills 4 in Basra; 2 die in Sadr City clashes

BAGHDAD - Clashes with Shiite militiamen flared in two cities Wednesday as a U.S. drone fired two missiles in Basra and U.S.-backed Iraqi troops battled in Baghdad's sprawling Sadr City slum.

The airstrike in Basra - which the military said killed four militants - came after militiamen attacked an Iraqi army patrol with rocket-propelled grenades in the Hayaniyah district, the U.S. military said. A vehicle suspected of containing more weapons and ammunition also was destroyed.