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International News Archive - November 16, 2005

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Militants raided a village in Thailand's restive Muslim-majority south overnight, shooting dead up to nine people and wounding eight others, the army said on Wednesday.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China's current leaders played a prominent role in the secrecy-shrouded 1990 burial of reformist Communist Party chief Hu Yaobang, whose death in 1989 sparked the Tiananmen pro-democracy protests.

By Masayuki Kitano KYOTO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi rejected criticism that his diplomacy leans too much toward Washington at the expense of Asia, saying close U.S.-Japan ties are good for the region and the world.

By Martin Nesirky and Lee Suwan SEOUL (Reuters) - Communist North Korea and capitalist South Korea are likely to have formed at least an economic union by 2020, the South's unification minister told Reuters on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will call an early election if the new Labour Party leader demands it, Israel's foreign minister said on Wednesday, signaling it could be as soon as March.

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government tried to cover up election cheating allegations last year but was battling a conspiracy to oust President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, a draft report by a congressional committee showed.

PUSAN, South Korea (Reuters) - U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Wednesday North Korea needed to get serious about dismantling its nuclear weapons programs.

In JERUSALEM story headlined "Israel's Sharon ready for early election," please read in sixth paragraph ...Peretz has said...

By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq is investigating allegations of abuse after more than 170 prisoners were found locked in an Interior Ministry bunker in Baghdad, many of them beaten and malnourished and some apparently tortured.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will call an early election if the new Labour Party leader demands it, Israel's foreign minister said on Wednesday, signaling it could be as soon as March.

Word of the Day
mallemaroking
  • Nautical, the visiting and carousing of sailors in the Greenland ships.
This word is apparently from a confusion of two similar Dutch words: 'mallemerok,' a foolish woman, and 'mallemok,' a name for some persons among the crew of a whaling vessel.