International News Archive - October 14, 2005

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - One of the most radical opponents of Chinese Communist rule, who once planned to explode a hot air balloon above Tiananmen Square scattering pro-democracy leaflets, has been jailed for life on terrorism charges.

By Simon Denyer SALAMABAD, India (Reuters) - After pulling his three daughters out of the rubble of his house and burying them, Mohammad Sadiq sat down in his village in Indian Kashmir and waited for help to come.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - An explosion caused by a bomb planted on a fuel truck destroyed eight tankers carrying fuel for a U.S. base in Afghanistan, witnesses said on Friday.

HANOI (Reuters) - The spread of Asia's deadly bird flu to Europe is a "troubling sign" and migratory birds will inevitably carry the virus farther, U.S. Health Secretary Mike Leavitt said on Friday.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan enacted laws on Friday to privatize the postal system, including the world's biggest savings bank, a reform that Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has long advocated as a vital step to streamline the economy.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's government said on Friday a U.S. envoy who was briefly detained after entering a security zone near President Robert Mugabe's residence would have been "a dead man" if the incident had happened elsewhere.

By Andrew Quinn BAGHDAD (Reuters) - With guarantees of civil liberties, strong curbs on government abuses and declarations of universal freedoms, Iraq's existing constitution is arguably a model foundation for a modern democratic state.

By Katharine Houreld MONROVIA (Reuters) - Liberia's presidential election race advanced on Friday toward a second round contest between a charismatic soccer star supporters call "King George" and a Harvard-trained technocrat dubbed the "Iron Lady." Three days after the first polls since a civil war, neither early frontrunner, former AC Milan striker George Weah, nor his closest rival, former Finance Minister Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, seemed likely to gain an outright first round win.

By Ammar al-Alwani RAMADI, Iraq (Reuters) - Hours before a crucial referendum on a new constitution, voters in western Iraq, where many are expected to say "No," were asking themselves a troubling question: where are the polling stations? "There are no voting centers in cities like Haditha, Hit, Rawa, Qaim, Ana, Baghdadi and the villages around them," Mahmoud Salman al-Ani, a human rights activist in Ramadi, said on Friday, listing locations across western Anbar province.

By Aamir Ashraf MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - A prominent Islamist cleric in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir accused the government of responding too slowly to help survivors of last weekend's earthquake and criticized looting of aid supplies.

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