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International News Archive - December 03, 2005

MANAMA (Reuters) - Bahrain's Interior Minister has denied claims that security forces sexually abused an activist, reports that had sparked three days of clashes between police and angry rioters, state media said on Saturday.

RANGAMATI, Bangladesh (Reuters) - Three tribal people died in a gunbattle between rival groups on the anniversary of a treaty that ended a 25-year insurgency in Bangladesh's southeastern Chittagong Hill Tracts, police said on Saturday.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - A blood donor with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, infected at least 23 people in northeast China's Jilin province before being diagnosed with the disease, state media reported on Saturday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's new Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck told his Group of Seven counterparts he intends to cut his country's fiscal deficit and reform the public pension scheme, Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale told Reuters on Saturday.

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan voters headed to the polls on Saturday to pick 23 city and county magistrates in an election viewed as a critical mid-term test for President Chen Shui-bian.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra, facing a Maoist revolt and politically isolated after snatching power, has called for peace but ignored a rebel truce many hope could lead to end years of war.

By Gilbert Le Gras LONDON (Reuters) - Germany's new Finance Minister Peer Steinbrueck told his Group of Seven counterparts he intends to cut his country's fiscal deficit and reform the public pension scheme, Canadian Finance Minister Ralph Goodale told Reuters on Saturday.

ABUJA (Reuters) - Nigeria has apologized to the families of six people who were shot dead by police and offered them 3 million naira ($22,600) each, setting a precedent in a country where police brutality is a fact of daily life.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - The death toll from an explosion in a coal mine in northeast China has risen to 169, with two people still missing, the official Xinhua news agency said on Saturday.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's opposition Nationalist Party said on Saturday it had won a majority of seats in local government elections, a race viewed as a mid-term test for President Chen Shui-bian.

Word of the Day
edulcoration
  • The act of sweetening by admixture of some saccharine substance.
The word 'edulcoration' comes from a Latin word meaning 'making sweet'.