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International News Archive - October 27, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - Former Chinese vice president and "red capitalist" Rong Yiren, who created the country's top financial conglomerate, died in Beijing on Thursday, the official Xinhua News Agency said. He was 89.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Former Indonesian president Megawati Sukarnoputri is being treated in hospital for exhaustion but her condition is stable, an aide said on Thursday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan presidential race rank outsider Victor Hettigoda built a business empire battling aches and pains with Tiger balm-like herbal remedies. Now he says he has an elixir for peace with the island's Tiger rebels.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Shi'ite-led coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, will contest December's parliamentary election as a single electoral list, officials in the coalition said on Thursday.

Please read in first paragraph ..."died in Beijing on Wednesday.".. instead of ..."died in Beijing on Thursday.".. A corrected repeat follows.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Former Chinese vice president and "red capitalist" Rong Yiren, who created the country's top financial conglomerate, has died in Beijing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Thursday. He was 89. He died on Wednesday night.

Five villagers and two militants were killed overnight in southern Thailand when Muslim separatist insurgents launched about 50 raids on remote villages in the restive region, the army said on Thursday.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The world's failure to come up with quick cash to help save hundreds of thousands of Pakistani quake survivors before winter sets in left relief officials on the ground baffled and upset on Thursday.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling, Shi'ite-led coalition, the United Iraqi Alliance, will contest December's parliamentary election as a single electoral list, officials within the coalition said on Thursday.

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Members of Iraq's ruling Shi'ite-led coalition patched up their differences on Thursday, a day before a deadline to register for December 15 polls where they face a challenge from a new Sunni bloc as well as old rivals.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'