International News Archive - September 20, 2005
By Vivi Lin and Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which enforces a one-child policy in cities, has sacked and detained officials in coastal Shandong province for forcing pregnant women to undergo abortions or sterilizing couples with more than two children.
By Shamil Baigin TASHKENT (Reuters) - The trial of 15 Uzbek men accused of plotting a rebellion in an eastern town began on Tuesday amid tight security with submachinegun-wielding soldiers guarding the Supreme Court and part of central Tashkent.
By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Counting of ballots from Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections began on Tuesday after international observers praised the vote and al Qaeda's number two condemned it as a farce.
WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's ruling Labor party held talks on Tuesday with the third biggest political group on forming a government after a nail-biting election, but the main opposition party said it was still in the race.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - A U.N. team probing the killing of Lebanese former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri crossed into Syria on Tuesday to hear the testimony of Syrian officers.
VIENNA (Reuters) - Top officials from the United States, European Union, Canada and Japan failed to persuade Russia that Iran's nuclear programme should be reported to the U.N. Security Council, an EU diplomat said on Tuesday.
By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Counting of ballots from Afghanistan's landmark legislative elections began slowly on Tuesday after international observers praised the vote and al Qaeda's number two condemned it as a farce.
By Shamil Baigin TASHKENT (Reuters) - The trial of 15 Uzbek men accused of plotting a bloody rebellion in the eastern town of Andizhan began on Tuesday, but human rights groups questioned its credibility and said Uzbekistan was covering up a massacre.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, scrambling to stay in power after a Gaza pullout that has split his Likud party, faced a new challenge on Tuesday as news media reported allegations of illicit election funding.
VIENNA (Reuters) - The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) should report Iran to the U.N. Security Council for breaches of its international nuclear obligations, according to a draft EU resolution circulated to IAEA board members.