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.