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International News Archive - December 18, 2005

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Forty-three homeless people were trampled to death on Sunday and 42 were injured in a stampede during the distribution of flood relief supplies at a shelter in southern India, officials said.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Three policemen were killed in an ambush by Taliban guerrillas in southern Afghanistan in the latest violence ahead of the opening of a new parliament next week, police said on Sunday.

By Jim Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police boosted security around Sydney's beaches on Sunday, fearing fresh outbreaks of racial violence as they seized petrol bombs, knives, iron bars and mobile phones used to spread racist text messages.

BERLIN (Reuters) - The European Union remains in a crisis despite Saturday's deal on its long-term budget and still needs to settle crucial issues such as how far it should expand, a Commission vice president was quoted on Sunday as saying.

By Krittivas Mukherjee NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Forty-two homeless people were trampled to death on Sunday and 37 were injured in a stampede during the distribution of flood relief supplies at a shelter in southern India, officials and witnesses said.

By Jim Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police seized petrol bombs, knives and iron bars around Sydney beaches on Sunday, along with mobile phones used to spread racist messages, in a huge security operation to prevent fresh inter-communal violence.

TEL AVIV (Reuters) - The European Union, the biggest donor to the Palestinian Authority, could curb aid if Hamas Islamic militants win a parliamentary election next month, Foreign Policy Chief Javier Solana said on Sunday.

By Nur Dianah Suhaimi SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Few Asians are Christian but people across the vast continent are embracing the holiday as a great excuse for shopping, partying and even romance.

By Heba Kandil and Andrew Hammond ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders, alarmed at neighboring Iran's nuclear ambitions, will examine proposals for a nuclear-free zone in the world's top oil-producing region during a summit on Sunday.

By C. Bryson Hull and Wangui Kanina NAIROBI (Reuters) - Call a holiday for any reason, by any name, and Kenyans will celebrate it.

Word of the Day
tourtiere
  • a meat pie that is usually eaten at Christmas in Quebec
The word 'tourtiere' comes from the French tourte, or passenger pigeon.
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