International News Archive - December 10, 2005

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Australia backed Southeast Asian leaders on Saturday in their rare confrontation with Myanmar over a lack of democratic reform and urged Asian heavyweights China and India to step up pressure as well.

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Singapore's Straits Times newspaper said on Saturday Chinese authorities had extended the detention of its chief correspondent in China, who was arrested earlier this year on charges of spying for Taiwan.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli naval patrol killed at least one Palestinian man off the shore of Gaza on Saturday, Palestinian medical officials and the Israeli army said.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Coastal residents in India's southern Tamil Nadu state braced for more heavy rain and strong winds as a second Bay of Bengal storm in less than a week neared the country's eastern coast on Saturday.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh hunting for Islamist suicide bombers have seized explosives and detained 30 militants, a home ministry official said on Saturday.

By Stella Mapenzauswa ESIGODINI, Zimbabwe (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's ruling party wraps up its annual congress on Saturday secure in its political domination, but facing the daunting task of pulling the economy out of crisis and overcoming factionalism.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A 12-year-old girl was stabbed to death by a tutor in a classroom in western Japan on Saturday, local police said, the third killing of a schoolgirl in less than a month.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police fired water cannon to break up a rally by human rights activists on Saturday and detained at least 50 people as they tried to defy a ban on protests and march into central Kathmandu, witnesses said.

By Michael Georgy and Omar al-Ibadi BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's rulers have long sought the loyalty of the country's influential Arab tribes, so politicians contesting elections are making plenty of promises to their leaders -- proud men like Adel Abbas. It is a tough sell.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. inquiry into the murder of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri will summon more Syrian witnesses in the next few days, its chief investigator Detlev Mehlis was quoted on Saturday as saying.

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