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International News Archive - September 21, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - A special session of Japan's parliament re-elected Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to press on with a reform program including privatization of the postal system after his party's landslide election victory this month.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - A special session of Japan's parliament confirmed Junichiro Koizumi as prime minister on Wednesday, clearing the way for him to press on with a reform program including privatization of the postal system after his party's landslide election victory this month.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov denounced as "counter-productive" moves by the United States and the European Union to report Iran's nuclear program to the U.N. Security Council, RIA Novosti agency said.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - The defense of an Australian man held in Guantanamo Bay will not be ready on time, his lawyer said on Wednesday, after the Pentagon ordered the prisoner's long-delayed military trial to resume within a month.

KABUL (Reuters) - The Taliban vowed on Wednesday to step up their holy war against foreign troops in Afghanistan and dismissed legislative polls held at the weekend as an American drama rejected by the Afghan people. The U.N.

By Alaa Habib BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Iraq's prime minister was to meet Britain's defense secretary in London on Wednesday with both countries working to quell tension caused by a British military raid that freed two soldiers held by Iraqi militiamen.

TANYONG VIMOH, Thailand (Reuters) - Young Muslims killed two Thai marines being held by villagers in the insurgency-racked south on suspicion of killing fellow residents, provincial officials said on Wednesday.

By S. Radha Kumar HYDERABAD, India (Reuters) - At least 1,000 people were missing in southern India on Wednesday and hundreds of fishermen were unaccounted for in Bangladesh after a severe storm in the Bay of Bengal killed 50 people, officials said.

LUXEMBOURG (Reuters) - The European Union can freeze assets of suspected terrorists, the bloc's second highest court ruled on Wednesday, dismissing complaints from alleged al Qaeda associates whose bank accounts were blocked by the EU.

By Wafa Amr NABLUS, West Bank (Reuters) - Hamas could one day amend a charter calling for the destruction of Israel and hold negotiations with the Jewish state, a political leader of the Islamic militant group in the West Bank said.