International News Archive - August 20, 2005
By Simon Cameron-Moore ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's government parties claimed early wins while opposition groups cried foul as unofficial results poured in on Saturday following the first round of Pakistan's local elections.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Some 10,000 Chinese and Russian troops launched the second stage of their countries' first-ever military exercises on Saturday in a demonstration of the strengthening ties between the former Cold War adversaries.
RIYADH (Reuters) - A Saudi militant on a list of most wanted suspects in the kingdom died during a clash with police on Thursday, a security source said on Saturday. Majed al-Hasseri died during a gun battle with security forces in the capital Riyadh, the source said.
By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi took to the streets in western Japan on Saturday, hoping to drum up support for his postal privatisation agenda ahead of a parliamentary election next month.
LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - The death toll in an encephalitis outbreak in India's northern state of Uttar Pradesh rose to 110 on Saturday with 20 more deaths reported in the past 36 hours, a health official said.
By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas said on Saturday it would fight to drive Israel out of the West Bank and Jerusalem after the Jewish state completes its withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip this year.
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A police car was blown up in the Russian region of Dagestan near Chechnya on Saturday, killing at least two police officers, a Reuters witness said.
BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Left-wing Colombian rebels apologized on Saturday for killing two Roman Catholic priests and two building workers in an ambush and said those responsible for the mistake would be punished.
(Corrects headline to say car blows up and first paragraph to say a car blew up) MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A car blew up in the Russian region of Dagestan near Chechnya on Saturday, killing at least two police officers, a Reuters witness said.
MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A car blast in the Russian region of Dagestan near Chechnya killed at least three police officers on Saturday, a Reuters witness and officials said.
- A ceramic container used inside a fuel-fired kiln to protect pots from the flame.