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International News Archive - December 11, 2005

By Dominic Whiting HONG KONG (Reuters) - A lone pro-capitalist demonstrator put up placards and harangued passersby at dawn on Sunday, kicking off a week of protests in Hong Kong where mostly critics of free trade will protest against a world trade meeting.

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong braced for potential violence as anti-globalisation protesters prepared on Sunday to kick off a flurry of demonstrations against this week's world trade meeting of nearly 150 rich and poor nations.

By Alaa Shahine BEIRUT (Reuters) - In Beirut's Martyrs' Square, 11 photographs hang on a wooden wall, showing hundreds of thousands of anti-Syrian protesters thronging the city's streets after the February assassination of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's leader Kim Jong-il has forbidden internal talk about his naming a successor to the world's only communist dynasty, saying speculation hurts his rule, a news agency reported on Sunday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan, which will soon lift a two-year ban on U.S. beef imposed due to mad cow disease, will refrain from employing safeguard curbs against an expected surge in meat imports next year, a local daily said on Sunday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan has confirmed its 21st case of mad cow disease in a 69-month-old Holstein cow on the northernmost main island of Hokkaido, the Farm Ministry said.

SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghanistan's Taliban guerrillas have issued an Islamic decree calling for President Hamid Karzai to be killed for serving American and British "infidels." The decree, or fatwa, came in a 12-page, Pashto-language booklet distributed in the Afghan south.

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel is not ruling out military action against arch-foe Iran's nuclear programme but for now prefers to let foreign diplomatic pressure on Tehran run its course, a senior Israeli official said on Sunday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz quit the right-wing Likud party on Sunday to join Ariel Sharon in the prime minister's new Kadima faction ahead of a March general election, Israel Radio said.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz quit the right-wing Likud party on Sunday to join Ariel Sharon in the prime minister's new Kadima faction ahead of a March general election, a Kadima spokesman said.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.