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General News Archive - February 04, 2006

Seventy-nine people were killed in a stampede at a stadium in Manila on Saturday as they scrambled to get tickets for a popular Philippine television game show, the government and witnesses said.

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - Seventy-three people were killed in a stampede at a stadium in Manila on Saturday as they scrambled to get into a popular Philippine television game show offering cash and other prizes, the health secretary and witnesses said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - The leaders of Muslim-majority Indonesia and Malaysia added their voices on Saturday to the condemnation of cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammad, whose publication has sparked outrage across the Islamic world.

By Simon Cameron-Moore RAWALPINDI, Pakistan (Reuters) - The U.S. military will end it biggest ever relief mission on March 31 when it withdraws troops helping Pakistani earthquake survivors get through the Himalayan winter, its commander said on Saturday.

Chancellor Angela Merkel likened hardline Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to Adolf Hitler on Saturday, saying the world must act now to stop him before his country developed a nuclear bomb.

VIENNA (Reuters) - The U.N. nuclear watchdog's board of governors voted on Saturday to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council over concerns Tehran is secretly seeking atomic weapons, a diplomat said.

Hopes faded on Saturday of finding 800 people missing from an Egyptian ferry which caught fire and sank in the Red Sea in the early hours of Friday.

The board of the U.N. nuclear watchdog voted on Saturday to report Iran to the U.N. Security Council because of suspicions it is trying to make atomic weapons, a diplomat who was in the session said.

U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Saturday terrorists had made Iraq the "central front" in their fight against the West but denied the U.S. invasion of the country had been a catalyst for terrorism.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will hold his first talks with Hamas on Saturday after the Islamic group's parliamentary election victory, but the formation of any government remains some way off.