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International News Archive - June 29, 2005

By Steve Holland FORT BRAGG, N.C. (Reuters) - President Bush acknowledgeddoubts about his Iraq strategy in a major address on Tuesdaynight but argued it was worth it a year after themuch-trumpeted U.S. transfer of power to Iraqis gave way to anightmarish stream of suicide bombings.

NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. Treasury Secretary John Snow saidon Tuesday the government was doing what it needed to do tocorrect global trade imbalances, but Europe and Japan needed todo their part as well.

OTTAWA (Reuters) - The Canadian Parliament on Tuesdayapproved legislation to allow same sex marriages across thecountry, making Canada only the third nation in the world topermit such unions.

By Lorraine Orlandi MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - The Mexican government said onTuesday it hoped to work with the armed Zapatista rebels tobring them into mainstream politics, but there was no signwhether the rebels -- who have announced a "new politicalinitiative" -- would participate in the effort.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean forces can deterand defeat North Korea even if the reclusive communist statehas several nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. military officersaid in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria MacapagalArroyo moved dramatically on Wednesday to reduce pressure onher government from graft allegations, saying her husband hadagreed to leave the country.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Sudan has promised to prosecutemurder and rape suspects in Darfur but the key perpetrators maynot be among those Khartoum plans to put on trial, theprosecutor of a global court said on Wednesday. Darfur is the first case the U.N.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean forces can deterand defeat North Korea even if the reclusive communist statehas several nuclear weapons, a senior U.S. military officersaid in an interview broadcast on Wednesday.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder willbase a parliamentary confidence vote that he wants to lose inorder to call new elections on the grounds his governmentcannot operate effectively, a government source said onWednesday.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - Ethiopia said on Wednesday it may orderre-runs of its disputed May 15 parliamentary elections in someconstituencies where fraud has been alleged.