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International News Archive - November 09, 2005

By Jack Kim and Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - The United States and North Korea squared off on Wednesday as six-party talks on the North's nuclear programs opened, signaling a long road toward implementing a landmark disarmament deal agreed in September. Chief U.S.

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President George W. Bush heads to a meeting of Asia-Pacific leaders next week, keen to shore up crumbling world trade talks ahead of a mid-December deadline and tackle concerns about terrorism and avian flu.

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia is pushing ahead with tough new anti-terrorism laws on Wednesday despite Muslim and civil liberties leaders questioning their necessity a day after police arrested 17 men on charges of planning a terrorist attack.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Seven Iraqi policemen were killed and nine people were wounded, including three civilians, when a suicide car bomb hit a police patrol north of Baghdad on Wednesday, medical and army sources said.

By Kerstin Gehmlich PARIS (Reuters) - Youths threw Molotov cocktails at police and torched cars in several French cities and towns in a 13th night of violence, ignoring the government's imposition of rarely used emergency laws.

KABUL (Reuters) - A fugitive Afghan guerrilla leader said war in his country would not end until U.S.-led forces left and urged Islamic groups to unite to expel them as they drove out Soviet forces in the 1980s, a newspaper said on Wednesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have warned luxury hotels that Islamic extremists may be planning attacks in the coming week, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Islamic militant group Hamas does not rule out eventual talks with Israel, a state it officially aims to destroy, a leader of the Palestinian faction said on Wednesday in a rare interview with Israeli media.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's nominee oil minister Sadeq Mahsouli has withdrawn his candidacy, lawmaker Morteza Talai-Nik told Reuters on Wednesday.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - A bird flu outbreak in China's northeast has spread, state media said on Wednesday, prompting worried consumers to avoid poultry and world health bodies to seek more information from Beijing on the deadly virus.

Word of the Day
omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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