International News Archive - November 17, 2005
SEOUL (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao pledged his support for eventual reunification of the two Koreas in a speech to South Korea's parliament on Thursday and said China's relations with the South were "entering their best period ever." In an upbeat speech on his second day of a state visit, Hu said the two countries -- former enemies who established relations just in 1992 -- should cooperate to foster stability in northeast Asia.
Chinese student Lai Junjie loves American movies, dreams of studying at M.I.T. and is working hard polishing his American-accented English. But ask him what he feels about U.S. government criticism of China's human rights record, arms sales to Taiwan and visits by Tibet's spiritual leader the Dalai Lama to Washington, and the smile falls from his face.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will tell Labour party leader Amir Peretz that he supports new Israeli elections in view of the group's planned departure from his coalition, the Maariv newspaper said on Thursday.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon will tell Labour party leader Amir Peretz that he supports a new election in February in view of the group's planned departure from his coalition, Israeli media reported on Thursday.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - Singapore will hang 25-year-old Australian drug smuggler Nguyen Tuong Van on December 2, despite numerous pleas by Canberra for clemency, his Australian lawyer said on Thursday.
By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankans voted in a closely fought presidential poll on Thursday seen as a referendum on how to rescue the country's faltering peace process and tsunami-hit economy, but a boycott by Tamil Tiger rebels marred the vote.
By Corinne Heller JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon backs holding early parliamentary elections in February because of the planned departure of the left-wing Labour party from his shaky coalition, Israeli media reported on Thursday.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's police chief urged Southeast Asian nations on Thursday to be on guard for possible suicide bombings after recent attacks in the world's most populous Muslim nation.
By Y.P. Rajesh NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A slow peace process between India and Pakistan, hailed as irreversible only seven months ago, has hit a roadblock and needs bold steps to break through the stalemate, officials and analysts say.
TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and new Labour party leader Amir Peretz met on Thursday for talks on breaking up the ruling coalition and setting a date for early elections, a spokesman for Peretz said.