International News Archive - September 13, 2005

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai has defended allowing candidates accused of human rights abuses to run in this Sunday's elections, saying it was in the interests of national reconciliation.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Chinese military plane used for gathering electronic information from warships and other military facilities was seen near Japan's southernmost main island of Kyushu twice in August, Kyodo news agency said on Tuesday.

By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Campaigning in the final week before New Zealand's general election was clouded on Tuesday by accusations of dirty tricks and the delivery of more controversial pamphlets by a secretive religious sect.

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh will start handing in guns this week as elite police units begin pulling out, kicking off a key phase in implimenting a landmark peace deal ending 30 years of civil war.

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Have Kenya's excitable politicians finally gone bananas? It certainly looks that way as the besuited "Big Men" of Kenyan public life brandish oranges and bananas at rallies, crack fruit jokes, exchange punches at a funeral, and make tasteless threats of an imminent "political Hurricane Katrina." So why all the hullabaloo? A fight for votes of course.

By John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - The leader of a rebel group in India's northeast challenged the world's biggest democracy to live up to its name and let the people of the troubled state of Manipur choose for themselves if they want independence.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Nicknamed "Lion King" when he swept to power four years ago, Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi could become Japan's new kingmaker if he steps down as planned next year despite a stunning election victory by his party.

By Peter Apps HUAMBO, Angola (Reuters) - Three years after the end of one of Africa's longest wars, the United Nations says half of Angola's children are malnourished and in some areas the growth of over 50 percent is seriously stunted.

By Wojciech Moskwa WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's centre-right parties, pledging a return to the values of the Solidarity movement that freed Poland from communism, are heading for a landslide victory in general elections on Sept 25.

By Dean Yates JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced to death the main militant on trial over last year's suicide car bombing outside the Australian embassy in Jakarta, which the chief judge said was financed by Osama bin Laden.

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