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International News Archive - September 17, 2005

By Paul Taylor UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Iran's new president will unveil proposals on Saturday meant to disarm international concern over its nuclear ambitions with Western powers poised to haul Tehran before the U.N. Security Council for possible sanctions.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen ambushed Afghan police in the troubled south of the country and seven insurgents were killed in the battle, police said on Saturday, the eve of landmark elections.

By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Ballots were being counted in New Zealand on Saturday after voting in one of the most closely-fought general elections in the country's history. Scrutineers began counting votes immediately after polls closed at 7 p.m.

GAZA (Reuters) - Israel could hinder voting in the occupied West Bank during a Palestinian legislative election in January if Hamas candidates take part, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon said in remarks published on Saturday. "We will make every effort not to help (the Palestinians).

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Counting in New Zealand's general election on Saturday showed that the opposition National Party led by former central bank governor Don Brash was set to topple Prime Minister Helen Clark's Labor-led government.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - A week after it was roundly beaten in a general election, Japan's main opposition party has chosen a new leader -- a hawkish young lawmaker known for his expertise on security issues and for his photographs of steam locomotives.

By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Former central bank governor Don Brash appeared on course to upset New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark's Labor-led government on Saturday after a hard-fought election campaign.

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark's ruling Labor Party clawed its way back in election counting on Saturday to draw level with the conservative opposition National Party.

By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand Prime Minister Helen Clark's ruling Labor Party clawed its way back in election counting on Saturday to draw level with the conservative opposition National Party.

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder and his rival Angela Merkel launched a final drive on election eve on Saturday to win over up to 10 million undecided voters -- estimated to be the highest total ever.

Word of the Day
holluschickie
  • A 'bachelor seal'; a young male seal which is prevented from mating by its herd's older males (mated bulls defending their territory).
This comes from the Russian word for 'bachelors.'
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