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International News Archive - September 16, 2005

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The United States on Friday held out the threat of freezing North Korean assets if six-party talks did not make progress in the next five days in ending the communist state's nuclear weapons capability. U.S.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen drove up to a crowd of labourers waiting for work and shot dead two and wounded 13 in the New Baghdad district of the Iraqi capital on Friday morning, police said.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban on Friday called on Afghanistan's 12.5 million voters to boycott Sunday's landmark elections, saying they were an American plot, and warned Afghans they could be hurt in attacks on foreign troops if they vote.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen drove up to a crowd of labourers waiting for work and shot dead two and wounded 13 in the New Baghdad district of the Iraqi capital on Friday morning, police said.

By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia will begin withdrawing thousands of troops from Aceh as soon as the rebels complete the first stage of arms surrender this weekend under a landmark peace deal, the military said on Friday.

By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban warned the Afghan people on Friday not to take part in elections this weekend, saying they could get hurt, after gunmen believed to be from the group killed a candidate, the seventh so far.

By Matt Spetalnick JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Turning Israeli politics on its head, Ariel Sharon drew attacks from the right and praise from the left on Friday after taking to the world stage and voicing recognition of Palestinians' right to statehood. Sharon's speech to the U.N.

By Noah Barkin BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his conservative rival Angela Merkel will break with tradition and battle into the weekend for every last vote in Sunday's cliffhanger election.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi NISSANIT, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Tens of thousands of Hamas supporters rallied in former Jewish settlements in the Gaza Strip on Friday to celebrate Israel's pullout as the militant Islamic group vowed no let-up in its armed struggle.

By Madeline Chambers LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's planned anti-terror laws are largely unnecessary and would be ineffectual if implemented, rights groups and legal experts said on Friday.