International News Archive - March 08, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is planning a massive reshuffle of local politicians, linking promotion to how well they adhere to the central leadership's bid to address social imbalances, an official newspaper said on Wednesday.

By Sharat Pradhan VARANASI, India (Reuters) - Armed police in India mounted vigil in Varanasi and Hindu groups called for a strike but the streets of the ancient holy city where bomb blasts killed 15 people were calm on Wednesday despite fears of a backlash.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Secretary-General Kofi Annan's plans to overhaul the U.N. bureaucracy are expected to face stiff resistance from developing countries and immediately triggered protests from staff over outsourcing proposals.

By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - U.N. S

By Biman Mukherji MUMBAI (Reuters) - Pieces of crisp roast chicken lie invitingly in a glass case at Sadiq Sunesra's half-century-old Mumbai restaurant, but no one among the dozens walking in are tempted to buy.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have rounded up hundreds of petitioners who converged on Beijing to air grievances during the ongoing session of China's parliament, rights group Amnesty International said.

By Lutfi Abu Oun BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The bound and blindfold bodies of 18 men who had been hanged were found dumped in a minibus in Baghdad, police and hospital officials said on Wednesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The leader of South Korea's main opposition party on Wednesday urged Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi before he leaves office later this year to resolve historical and territorial issues that have strained bilateral ties, media said.

MADRID (Reuters) - A bomb exploded on Wednesday at the offices of a far-right political party in Santona in northern Spain after a warning phone call in the name of ETA, officials said.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A key witness to an attack on a Muslim-owned bakery during religious riots in India in 2002 was sentenced to a year in jail on Wednesday for repeatedly changing her evidence.