International News Archive - December 04, 2005
BEIJING (Reuters) - An annual summit between China, Japan and South Korea scheduled for mid-December has been postponed due to "current conditions," the Chinese Foreign Ministry said on Sunday.
By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan has decided to fire the head of the U.N. election unit, who has became a star in the world body for supervising polls in dangerous places like Afghanistan and Iraq, two U.N. officials said.
By Michael Kramer TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian is in danger of becoming a lame duck for the remaining 2- years of his term after his party's crushing defeat in local government elections, political commentators said on Sunday.
By Maria Golovnina ALMATY (Reuters) - Voters in Kazakhstan cast their ballots on Sunday in an election almost certain to return President Nursultan Nazarbayev to office but which the opposition has said it expects to be riddled by fraud.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday nominated former Deputy Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh as oil minister of the world's fourth biggest crude producer.
By Darren Schuettler YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's constitution-drafting National Convention resumes on Monday with the military junta facing increasing international pressure to speed up a "roadmap to democracy" that has achieved little since it was announced more than two years ago.
By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Acting Iranian Oil Minister Kazem Vaziri-Hamaneh was nominated on Sunday to run the world's fourth biggest crude producer as President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to end months of political infighting over the post.
By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Six soldiers were killed in a claymore fragmentation mine attack by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in Sri Lanka's war-torn north on Sunday, the military said -- the deadliest in a spate of attacks since a 2002 ceasefire.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - Muscovites voted on Sunday in a city council election which polls show is likely to cement the Kremlin's control over the capital and Russian political life. United Russia, which pledges loyalty to President Vladimir Putin, is expected to take most of the 35 city council seats.
By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon has asked U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan to extend for six months the mandate of an inquiry into the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.
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