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International News Archive - October 13, 2005

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China, asserting its claim to Taiwan, will for the first time mark the anniversary of the island's return to Chinese rule this month with leaders attending a ceremony at the Great Hall of the People, an official said on Thursday.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A strain of avian influenza has been detected in samples from Romanian ducks, the country's chief veterinarian said on Thursday. Chief veterinarian Ion Agafitei said scientists detected the H5 bird flu virus in samples taken from three ducks found in the Danube delta.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked the police headquarters and other government buildings in a Russian province near rebel Chechnya region on Thursday and a battle was raging in the town, news agencies reported.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Commission said on Thursday it was banning the import of live birds and poultry from Romania after its experts confirmed that a strain of avian influenza had been detected in samples from a Romanian duck and chicken.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police have freed a man they had detained this week for suspected links to triple suicide bombings on the resort island of Bali, saying on Thursday there was no evidence he had any involvement.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Gunmen attacked a police headquarters and other government buildings in a Russian province near rebel Chechnya on Thursday and a battle was raging in the town, Russian news agencies reported.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government has agreed in principle to allow Muslims in the south to write their own charter and impose their own tax system in the biggest breakthrough in talks to end a decades-old rebellion.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - A strain of avian influenza has been detected in samples from Romanian ducks, confirming that the virus has arrived in Europe, the country's chief veterinarian and the European Commission said on Thursday.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Emergency services said there had been "numerous casualties" among local people in the southern Russian town of Nalchik attacked on Thursday by armed insurgents, Itar-Tass news agency reported.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Twenty people believed to be Russian security forces were killed in Thursday's rebel attack on the southern town of Nalchik, Moscow radio quoted a hospital source as saying.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.