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International News Archive - November 20, 2005

By Maria Golovnina TOKYO (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in Tokyo on Sunday for three days of tense diplomacy aimed at putting aside a 60-year territorial row between the Pacific neighbors and opening the door for more trade.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents have kidnapped an Indian road engineer in southern Afghanistan, a spokesman for the militant group said on Sunday.

KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels killed five people and wounded four others in an ambush on a civilian lorry in the remote north of the country, the military said on Sunday.

By Mark Bendeich ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Quake-stricken Pakistan heaved a sigh of relief on Sunday after world donors pledged almost $6 billion, and vowed in return to account for every cent as it distributes the aid to survivors of last month's huge tremor.

By Paul Tait BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The death toll from a suicide car bomb attack on the funeral of a Shi'ite sheikh rose to at least 50 from 35, doctors said on Sunday, as the number killed in a spate of attacks over the past two days rose to 150.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday there was not enough evidence that its nuclear program was designed to produce anything other than energy for it to be sent to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian police have arrested 200 Muslim Brotherhood activists hours before legislative elections on Sunday which the Islamist group is contesting, a leading Brotherhood member said.

By Paul Taylor BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Union foreign ministers will vent mounting anger on Monday at the British EU presidency's go-slow tactics on the bloc's long-term budget, three weeks before a crucial summit on future financing.

By Amil Khan DAMANHOUR, Egypt (Reuters) - Egyptian police arrested 200 Muslim Brotherhood activists hours before legislative elections in which the Islamists are the strongest opposition to the ruling party, the Brotherhood said on Sunday.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday any decision to refer its nuclear case to the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions would be purely political and not based on evidence Tehran was trying to build a nuclear weapon.

Word of the Day
swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.