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International News Archive - December 02, 2005

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran has signed a deal to buy Russian tactical surface-to-air missile systems, a Russian newspaper reported on Friday.

By Ed Cropley VIENTIANE (Reuters) - Laos marked 30 years of communism on Friday with a mass rally of 25,000 people and exhortations to modernize the economy of one of Asia's poorest and least developed nations.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Prime Minister Begum Khaleda Zia has called for political unity to fight militants and sought to assure Bangladeshis, rattled by a wave of suicide bombings, that they will be safe.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The use of torture is widespread in China and the country needs major structural reform to its legal system for the situation to improve, a top U.N. envoy said on Friday. Manfred Nowak, the U.N.

By Mabvuto Banda BLANTYRE (Reuters) - The Anglican Church in Malawi has rejected the appointment of a liberal British vicar as one of the country's three bishops because of his support for gay rights, a church statement said on Friday.

By Karolos Grohmann ATHENS (Reuters) - Greece's notorious November 17 urban guerrillas returned to court on Friday to appeal multiple life sentences handed down two years ago for a 27-year killing spree.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels extended a unilateral ceasefire by one month on Friday as thousands of protesters rallied against King Gyanendra who seized power in February and cracked down on political dissent.

By Nur Dianah Suhaimi SINGAPORE (Reuters) - The Singapore Crazy Horse, which will bring the famous French topless dance act to the city-state, is not just another nude show, but a classy act, its owner said.

By Joe Ariyaratnam JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Protesters burned barricades and blocked major roads in Sri Lanka's government-held Jaffna peninsula on Friday as part of a general strike over the killing of two Tamil men.

By Anis Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - Police hunting suicide bombers in Bangladesh said they had found five bombs and arrested 20 suspected Islamist militants on Friday following three bomb attacks this week that killed 13 people and wounded nearly 100.