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International News Archive - May 10, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - Tibetan Buddhist monks loyal to the exiled Dalai Lama stormed a monastery near Lhasa and attacked statues of a deity denounced by him, Chinese state media reported in a rare glimpse of religious dissension in disputed Tibet.

MANILA (Reuters) - A mild earthquake rattled central Philippines on Wednesday, causing a power outage on Leyte island, hit by a mudslide in February that buried nearly 1,000 people.

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan police killed three Taliban insurgents who ambushed a patrol in a southern province where British troops are overseeing security, a provincial official said on Wednesday.

By Paul Tait SUVA, Fiji (Reuters) - Prime Minister Laisenia Qarase brushed aside on Wednesday complaints about Fiji's chaotic election, which police are investigating, and said he was confident of returning to office.

By Peter Apps KILINOCHCHI, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - In rebel Tamil Tiger-held Sri Lanka, residents already scarred by decades of war are putting rebuilding on hold as they brace for a new conflict they say is now inevitable.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel welcomed on Wednesday a decision by Middle East peace brokers to set up a new mechanism to channel aid directly to the Palestinians, a step that could ease economic pressure on the Hamas-led government.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Wednesday he expected to receive a mandate to form his new government between Sunday and Tuesday. Prodi made the comment to reporters as lawmakers were voting on a fourth ballot to elect Italy's new president.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy's incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi said on Wednesday he expected to receive a mandate to form his new government between Sunday and Tuesday. Prodi made the comment to reporters as lawmakers were voting on a fourth ballot to elect Italy's new president.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - The number of suicides in Japan is likely to have exceeded 30,000 for the eighth straight year in 2005, and analysts say a widening income gap is partly to blame for the nation's stubbornly high suicide rate.

By Philip Pullella ROME (Reuters) - Incoming Prime Minister Romano Prodi said his centre-left coalition aimed to elect Italy's first former communist as president on Wednesday and be asked to form a government next week, ending a month of political limbo.