International News Archive - August 27, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - China and the European Union began a third day of talks on Saturday on revising a two-month-old textile trade pact that has left huge amounts of Chinese-made garments stuck in European customs warehouses.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Government parties in Pakistan claimed victory on Saturday in the second round of local elections, but the opposition Islamist alliance denounced the poll saying a fair vote was impossible under President Pervez Musharraf.

MANILA (Reuters) - About 80 percent of Filipinos want President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to be removed from office through an impeachment process, an independent survey showed on Saturday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police are holding an Algerian man arrested this week for passport fraud who may also have a connection to the July 7 London bombings, a senior Thai police official said on Saturday.

HAMBURG, Germany (Reuters) - Police in the German city of Hamburg said on Saturday they had released three Chechen men who sparked a major security alert after they were overheard at a bus stop talking about becoming "heroes before Allah." "After investigation we have ruled out any threat of a terrorist attack by these men," a police spokesman said, adding the three had been freed during Friday night.

Printers in the Afghan capital are raking in business as candidates in next month's elections order tens of thousands of posters to paste up across the country.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - British authorities will seek the extradition of an Algerian man arrested in Bangkok this week who may be connected to the July 7's London bombs, officials said on Saturday.

By Ruben Sprich BERNE (Reuters) - Thousands of volunteers toiled alongside rescue workers on Saturday to clear walls of debris left by the downpours from Berne to Bucharest, which have caused more than $1.0 billion of damage in Switzerland alone.

ISMAILIA, Egypt (Reuters) - A land mine damaged an Egyptian police vehicle in northern Sinai on Saturday, injuring a police colonel and a civilian helping police track the group suspected of seven bombings in the area, a security source said.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh police arrested 10 more suspected activists of the Islamist group Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen, blamed for recent serial bombings that killed two people and injured about 100 across the country, police said on Saturday.

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