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International News Archive - January 14, 2006

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led and Afghan government troops have killed about six insurgents in a battle in central Afghanistan, the U.S. military said. The clash erupted when gunmen fired on what the U.S. military called an offensive patrol in the restive central province of Uruzgan on Friday.

GUANGZHOU, China (Reuters) - Speculation that secretive North Korean leader Kim Jong-il is touring far southern China increased on Saturday as a closely guarded motorcade left a luxury hotel where he is rumored to be staying.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Police rounded up several dozens anti-government protestors on Saturday after breaking up an overnight rally at Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra's office demanding his resignation.

KABUL (Reuters) - U.S.-led and Afghan government troops have killed about eight insurgents in the latest clashes in Afghanistan, the U.S. military and Afghan government said.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Sixteen Maoist rebels and a soldier were killed on Saturday, in the biggest battle in Nepal since a guerrilla ceasefire ended this month, the army said.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Attempts to bring peace to Sudan's Darfur region have failed and a U.N. peacekeeping force of 12,000 to 20,000 troops is needed to stop the killings and rape, the top U.N. official in Sudan said.

By Robert Birsel ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Cold and disease are constant threats in Pakistan's earthquake zone but the United Nations said on Saturday if donations are sustained, the more than three million survivors should make it through the winter.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese riot police fired smoke grenades and sprayed water on Saturday to disperse dozens of students protesting against the visit of senior U.S. diplomats to Beirut.

VIENNA (Reuters) - The European Union urged Washington on Saturday to speed up efforts to extend its visa waiver scheme to new EU members.

By Fedja Grulovic PRESEVO, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Albanians in Serbia's restive south on Saturday demanded devolution from Belgrade and the withdrawal of Serbian troops in a move seen as posturing ahead of talks on the future of Kosovo.