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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.

Word of the Day
malpais
  • The ragged surface of a lava-flow.
'Malpais' translates from Spanish as 'bad land.'