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General News Archive - February 10, 2006

By Mark Bendeich KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has slapped a blanket ban on circulating or even possessing cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad after it closed a local newspaper for printing the same caricatures that have enraged the Islamic world.

ASADABAD, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Roadside bombs killed eight Afghan soldiers on Friday, a provincial governor said, in the latest incidents in a surge of violence as NATO members prepare to expand an Afghan peacekeeping force.

KOHAT, Pakistan (Reuters) - Shi'ite and Sunni Muslims exchanged small-arms and rocket fire on Friday around a Pakistani town where 36 people died in a suicide bombing and other violence on the holiest day for minority Shi'ites.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two U.S. Marines were killed when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in the western Iraqi town of Falluja, the U.S military said in a statement. The deaths bring to at least 2,263 the number of U.S.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two Marines were killed on Thursday when their patrol was hit by a roadside bomb in the western Iraqi town of Falluja, the U.S. military said in a statement on Friday. The deaths bring to at least 2,263 the number of U.S.

By Lindsay Beck and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Thousands of Buddhist pilgrims from Tibet and China attended a prayer meeting alongside the region's exiled god-king, the Dalai Lama, in India last month in a rare mingling of Chinese nationals with one of Beijing's foes.

By Abdul Sami Paracha KOHAT, Pakistan (Reuters) - Small-arms and rocket fire between Muslim sects killed four people in and around a Pakistani town where 36 people, mostly minority Shi'ites, died in a suicide bombing and other violence, officials said on Friday.

By Adam Entous JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel criticized Russia's plan to invite Hamas leaders to Moscow, saying on Friday it undercut international pressure on the militant group to recognize the Jewish state and renounce violence after its election victory.

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - Violent protests in the Middle East over cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad are pressuring France's Muslim minority, the largest in Europe, to walk a tightrope between French citizenship and Islamic solidarity.

North Korea wants bilateral discussions with the United States over a crackdown on its finances and cannot return to nuclear talks until Washington ends sanctions, an Indonesian envoy said on Friday.

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