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International News Archive - November 14, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Chugai Pharmaceutical Co. said on Monday it has reported to the government that two teenage boys exhibited abnormal behavior that led to their deaths after taking the anti-flu drug Tamiflu, made by Chugai's Swiss parent Roche Holding AG.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - The United Nations will this week launch a major air operation to ferry food and other supplies to earthquake survivors high in Pakistan's mountains in frantic bid to beat the problems of winter.

By Claudia Parsons BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi perceptions that not enough is being done to rebuild the country after the U.S.-led invasion are simply a case of bad public relations, Washington's new reconstruction chief said on Sunday.

By Manish Prasad JEHANABAD, India (Reuters) - Hundreds of heavily armed Maoist rebels stormed a jail in eastern India, killing at least two people and freeing about 350 prisoners, including many fellow guerrillas, police said on Monday.

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli paramilitary border policemen shot dead a member of the Hamas militant group in a predawn raid in the occupied West Bank town of Nablus on Monday, Palestinian witnesses and the army said. The raid came hours before U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China reiterated that it might liberalize prices of oil, gas, coal and electricity to encourage more efficient use of resources, but ruled out imposing a widely discussed fuel tax because of current high prices.

By Sue Pleming JERUSALEM (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Monday in a new push to revive peace moves stalled by violence.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Two Bangladeshi judges were killed on Monday when a man threw a bomb at their car, police said. The judges were on their way to the Jhalakathi district court, 250 km (155 miles) south of Dhaka, when the attack took place, a police officer said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea offered during talks last week to put off testing atomic weapons as a first step in a phased dismantling of its nuclear programs, South Korea's unification minister said on Monday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's president said on Monday that seven people had died in the country from bird flu, announcing a higher death toll than the World Health Organization, which puts the number of confirmed fatalities at five. "I have paid special attention to the greater Jakarta area.