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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
barratry
  • The offense of persistently instigating lawsuits, typically groundless ones.
  • An unlawful breach of duty on the part of a ship's master or crew resulting in injury to the ship's owner.
  • Sale or purchase of positions in church or state.
This word ultimately comes from the Old French word 'barater,' to cheat.
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