International News Archive - December 13, 2005

By Ben Blanchard and George Nishiyama KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - A long-standing feud between Japan and China caught the spotlight on Tuesday on the eve of the first East Asian summit, rekindling concerns that the bad blood could thwart progress of the new grouping.

LAHORE, Pakistan (Reuters) - A Pakistani bus left the eastern city of Lahore on Tuesday for a trial run to the Indian city of Amritsar in the latest step in a slow-moving peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities detained several people on Tuesday in a village rocked by demonstrations over land compensation, residents said, as tension remained high a week after police shot and killed at least three protesters.

NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Israeli soldiers shot three Palestinians, critically wounding two of them, during a raid in the northern West Bank city of Nablus on Tuesday, Palestinian medics and security sources said.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security officials on Tuesday identified one general and four colonels, including two retired police officials, as leaders of an alleged plot to unseat President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese police warned on Tuesday that Islamic extremists may tempt Muslim communities in Japan to turn radical and attack Japan, whose government has been a staunch backer of the U.S.-led war on Iraq.

By Robin Paxton KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - President Vladimir Putin will be seeking this week seek to raise Russia's profile in Asia and help the country grab a larger share of the region's fast-growing energy and technology markets.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi President Jalal Talabani will not seek re-election after Thursday's parliamentary election because the new constitution has curbed his powers, his office said on Tuesday.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - More than 450 policemen, four times the usual number, will patrol Sydney's streets on Tuesday to prevent a third night of racial violence by youth gangs who have attacked people, smashed cars and hurled rocks at police.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Israeli troops firing into the Gaza Strip killed a Palestinian man on Tuesday near the boundary where militants and soldiers have exchanged fire in recent days, Palestinian witnesses and medics said.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]