International News Archive - December 08, 2005
TANGSHAN, China (Reuters) - A gas explosion at a Chinese coal pit has killed at least 74 miners, state media said on Thursday, the latest in a grimly predictable series of statistics to emerge from the world's deadliest mining industry.
TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian, whose approval rating has dived to a record low after an election defeat, vowed on Thursday to win back the people's support by ensuring his government is clean and reform-minded.
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A goods train went off the rails in the southern Russian region of Dagestan near rebel Chechnya after an unknown device exploded in one the carriages, Interfax news agency reported on Thursday. The agency said no-one was hurt in the explosion.
By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - When global trade leaders converge on Hong Kong next week for a World Trade Organization meeting, some 10,000 anti-globalization protesters are expected to be waiting for them to try to press home their demands.
DHAKA (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and more than 50 wounded in Bangladesh on Thursday when two bombs exploded during the morning rush hour on a crowded street in a northern town, police said.
By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Ethnic tension between Sri Lanka's minority Tamil and Muslim communities is rising in the island's east after a November grenade attack on a mosque killed seven and as observers fear the island's 2002 truce is falling apart.
WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 10 people were killed and 35 injured in an explosion on Thursday in a market in Pakistan's troubled tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The blast hit a hotel and shops in a market in Jandola town in the South Waziristan region.
CAIRO (Reuters) - The number of people killed in violence during the last day of Egyptian legislative elections on Wednesday rose to eight, the Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) said.
WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 12 people were killed and dozens wounded when a bomb exploded on Thursday in a market in Pakistan's troubled tribal region near the Afghan border, officials said. The blast hit a hotel and shops in a market in Jandola town in the South Waziristan region.
MANILA (Reuters) - Floods triggered by heavy rains in the Philippines have killed two and affected more than 100,000 people, relief officials said on Thursday as they appealed for food, water and blankets.
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