International News Archive - October 17, 2005

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is suspending security contacts with the Palestinian Authority after Palestinian gunmen killed three Jewish settlers in a drive-by shooting in the West Bank, an Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Monday.

By Lindsay Beck PYONGYANG (Reuters) - North Korea is keeping mum on a possible successor to Kim Jong-il, but one thing is certain: in a country where leaders are revered as gods, the regime will be keeping it all in the family.

By Linda Sieg and George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi paid homage on Monday at a Tokyo shrine for war dead that is viewed by critics as a symbol of Japan's militaristic past, drawing swift and angry protests from China and South Korea.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's most wanted man, Chechen warlord Shamil Basayev, was behind an attack last week on a town in the Caucasus that killed dozens of police and civilians, a rebel website said on Monday.

By Chris Buckley and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's second manned spacecraft returned on Monday after orbiting the Earth for five days as patriotic fervor gripped the nation and the media hailed the mission as a symbol of the country's technological prowess.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces killed an estimated 70 militants near the western Iraqi city of Ramadi in a series of clashes on Sunday, a military statement said on Monday. The statement said U.S.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. fighter jets and attack helicopters killed around 70 suspected militants in a series of air strikes in and near the western Iraqi city of Ramadi on Sunday, a military statement said on Monday. The military said 20 men were killed when a U.S.

DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - Turkish troops killed three Maoist militants in eastern Turkey on Monday during operations which are also aimed against Kurdish rebels before the onset of the harsh winter in the mountainous region.

LUCKNOW (Reuters) - Indian authorities turned away trains from a northern town on Monday to prevent people from traveling there after clashes between Hindus and Muslims killed seven people and wounded 33.

ROME (Reuters) - Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe denounced U.S. President George W. Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair as "unholy men" on Monday, comparing them at a U.N. event to fascist leaders trying to dominate the world.

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