International News Archive - December 01, 2005
By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Princess Aiko turned four on Thursday as debate swirled over a proposal to change the imperial succession law to enable her to become the first female to ascend the Chrysanthemum Throne in centuries.
By Rahul Sharma SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asia marked World AIDS Day on Thursday with free condoms, mobile phone games and flag-festooned rallies aimed at promoting awareness of a disease that kills millions in rich and poor countries each year.
DHAKA (Reuters) - Schools and offices shut down in Bangladesh on Thursday in response to a strike called by lawyers demanding greater security after suicide bomb attacks at court buildings killed nine people.
DHAKA (Reuters) - About 25 people, including two police officers, were wounded in Bangladesh on Thursday in a blast near a court building where lawyers were marching as part of a daylong strike, police and witnesses said.
PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - An Afghan rebel group allied with the Taliban has rejected a government offer of reconciliation, saying there could be no peace while foreign forces remained in the country.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - Chief U.N. investigator Detlev Mehlis was quoted on Thursday as saying his investigation into the killing of a former Lebanese prime minister had not been undermined by a Syrian witness who recanted his testimony.
DHAKA (Reuters) - One man was killed and nearly 25 wounded in Bangladesh on Thursday in a blast near a court building where lawyers were marching as part of a daylong strike, police and witnesses said.
By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's new government said on Thursday it had not made contact with Tamil Tiger rebels to restart stalled peace talks, despite repeated pledges by the incoming president he would talk to them.
By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Three decades after the final act of the Vietnam War, Laos, the conflict's secret and illegal theater, remains littered with millions of unexploded U.S. bombs, which kill or maim at least 200 people a year.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's high court on Thursday said it was unconstitutional to deny gay people the right to marry and instructed parliament to amend marriage laws to include same-sex unions within the year.