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International News Archive - August 03, 2005

By Lesley Wroughton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The World Bank is calling for substantial changes in the highly-touted debt relief proposal for poor African countries agreed to at last month's Group of Eight summit.

By Parisa Hafezi TEHRAN (Reuters) - Conservative Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became Iran's new president on Wednesday, taking power amid international turmoil over Tehran's nuclear ambitions and his own past.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia closed the book on Wednesday on one of its ugliest political episodes when a former chief of police apologized for beating former deputy premier Anwar Ibrahim and giving him a black eye seven years ago.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - At least 20 people were on Wednesday reported killed overnight in retaliatory violence against southern Sudanese in Khartoum, where residents said armed men roamed the streets despite a curfew. A U.N.

NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Soldiers surrounded Mauritania's state radio station on Wednesday and blocked off streets around the presidency building while President Maaouya Ould Sid'Ahmed Taya was out of the country, a witness said. "State radio has been off air since this morning.

By Mariam Isa RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi religious and tribal leaders gathered to pledge allegiance on Wednesday to their new King Abdullah in a ceremony which completes the transition of power from the late King Fahd, who died on Monday.

By Ibrahima Sylla NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Gunfire rang out near the presidency building in Mauritania's capital Nouakchott on Wednesday after soldiers surrounded state radio and blocked off streets in the city, a witness said.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - At least nine people, including a poll worker, have been killed this week in Afghanistan, part of a fresh wave of violence ahead of next month's parliamentary polls, officials said on Wednesday.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Defending plans to introduce what critics say will be a Taliban-style judicial system, Islamists running a Pakistani province asked the Supreme Court on Wednesday if it was bad to dissuade people doing "wrong things." President Pervez Musharraf, who is trying to make Pakistan a progressive Muslim country, sought the top court's opinion after the controversial Hasba (accountability) bill was rushed through North West Frontier Province's assembly in Peshawar last month.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - People fled central Khartoum in cars on Wednesday while troops and riot police headed toward the center of the Sudanese capital, where residents reported fresh violence, witnesses and journalists said.