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International News Archive - December 15, 2005

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - An emergency sitting of parliament passed special laws on Thursday allowing Sydney police to "lockdown" parts of Australia's biggest city to stop racial unrest.

DARWIN (Reuters) - The Australian truck driver sentenced to life in prison for murdering British tourist Peter Falconio in the outback in 2001 was told by a judge on Thursday he would ineligible for parole for 28 years.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Food Program will stop feeding North Koreans by the end of this month and has yet to reach an agreement that will allow it to stay on in the impoverished and isolated country, the agency said on Thursday.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Racial tensions in Sydney that erupted into violence this week have been fueled by fear due to the war on terrorism, alienation, ignorance, territorialism and youthful arrogance, social commentators say.

By Sophie Walker and Richard Waddington HONG KONG (Reuters) - Pressure mounted on the United States to open its markets to poor nations on Thursday as world trade talks limped, fractious and deadlocked, into a third day.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gulf War veteran Hadi Mishaal leant on a crutch and struggled across an unusually quiet Baghdad to vote, hoping Iraq's polls will provide what Saddam Hussein never did -- help with his spinal injury and a pension. "I am trying to get to the voting station.

By Wafa Amr RAMALLAH (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas scrambled on Thursday to heal a split in his ruling Fatah party after young dissidents dealt him a serious blow less than six weeks before parliamentary elections.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Hundreds of people took to the streets and burned tires in noisy protests on Thursday after a Nepali soldier killed 11 people and wounded 19 after an argument, the army and witnesses said.

By David Lewis MBANDAKA, Congo (Reuters) - The outboard motor strains and water threatens to pour in with every wobble of the dugout canoe ferrying 15 election workers, voting kits and a mountain of food steadily along the vast, brown Congo river.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - The head of a probe into Russia's Beslan school tragedy has said terrorists alone were to blame for it, remarks that suggested bureaucrats accused of failing to stop the raid could be exonerated.

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