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International News Archive - December 05, 2005

By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election by a landslide on Monday, early results showed, but the opposition in the former Soviet republic alleged vote-rigging.

By Patrick Markey CARACAS, Venezuela (Reuters) - Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez's political party said on Sunday it had won 114 out of 167 seats in the Congress after opposition parties dropped out of elections protesting bias by electoral authorities.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi criticised China on Monday for postponing an annual summit of Japan, China and South Korea, saying Beijing cannot use his visits to a war shrine as a diplomatic card.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of Saddam Hussein's former bodyguards is living in Australia after initially being refused a visa due to concerns he may have been involved in crimes against humanity, prompting criticism of the nation's immigration system.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's popularity has fallen to its lowest level since he took office five years ago, a newspaper poll showed, two days after his party suffered a crushing defeat in local elections.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has ordered the army to track down and kill Palestinian militants behind rocket attacks after a strike on an Israeli farming community near the Gaza Strip, officials said on Monday.

By Dmitry Solovyov ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan's President Nursultan Nazarbayev won re-election by a landslide on Monday, official preliminary results showed, but the opposition in the former Soviet republic alleged vote-rigging.

By Luke Baker BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity resumes on Monday with up to five witnesses expected to testify as the prosecution pushes ahead with a case criticised at home and abroad.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of Saddam Hussein resumed under tight security in Baghdad on Monday, the third day of hearings since the halting proceedings began seven weeks ago.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein's defense team walked out of court on Monday after heated protests over the legitimacy of the tribunal and security of lawyers. The lawyers, including former U.S.

Word of the Day
mundungus
  • A stinking tobacco.
  • Offal; waste animal product; organic matter unfit for consumption.
This word comes from the Spanish 'mondongo,' tripe, entrails.