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International News Archive - November 08, 2005

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has died of bird flu, the latest case in Asia that underlines the urgency for top health experts drawing up a strategy in Geneva to prevent the virus from spreading to humans around the globe.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police on Tuesday arrested 17 people, including an outspoken Muslim cleric who supports Osama bin Laden, on charges of planning a terrorist attack and committing to "violent jihad in Australia." One of the arrested men was in critical condition in hospital after being shot during early morning raids in Sydney and Melbourne, in which police seized chemicals, firearms, computers, backpacks and travel documents.

By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - Ignoring the government's threat of a curfew, youths rioted for the 12th night in France, torching more than 800 vehicles around the country and injuring four police, the Interior Ministry said on Tuesday.

By Martin Nesirky and Lee Suwan SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's president announced on Tuesday he would meet Japan's prime minister next week despite a visit by the Japanese leader to a war shrine that angered Seoul.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese court on Tuesday sentenced a Protestant minister, his wife and her brother to prison terms of up to three years for illegally printing Bibles and other Christian publications, one of their lawyers said.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian Muslim cleric who said Osama bin Laden was a "great man" has been named by police as the spiritual leader of a group of 16 men charged on Tuesday with planning a terrorist attack in Australia.

By Simon Cameron-Moore MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - One month after Pakistan's devastating earthquake aid agencies are facing a cash crisis as the threat of disease and death looms over vast numbers of homeless survivors and a bitter winter closes in.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian girl who died on Tuesday is suspected to have been the country's sixth bird flu victim, but a hospital spokesman said officials are waiting for local test results.

By Ho Binh Minh HANOI (Reuters) - A Vietnamese man has died of bird flu, the latest case in Asia that underlines the urgency for top health experts drawing up a strategy in Geneva to prevent the virus from spreading to humans around the globe.

By Richard Waddington and William Schomberg LONDON/GENEVA (Reuters) - Europe's top trade negotiator on Tuesday warned against a scaling down of ambition for a new World Trade Organization (WTO) deal after ministers failed again to make a breakthrough.

Word of the Day
bawbee
  • A coin originally worth six pennies Scots, and later three; held equivalent to an English halfpenny.
  • (in plural) Money; cash.
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