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International News Archive - May 15, 2006

HONG KONG (Reuters) - Hong Kong is checking media reports of the deaths of 30,000 chickens on a farm in the northeastern Chinese city of Dalian, a government spokesman said on Monday.

By Peter Apps MANKULAM, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Glancing nervously into the jungle as they secure the main road north, Tamil Tiger fighters say they believe they are already at war and that government troops are operating behind their lines.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents fired about 30 to 40 mortar bombs at a British base in southern Iraq on Monday, wounding four soldiers, the British military said.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - Suspected insurgents fired about 30 to 40 mortar bombs at a British base in southern Iraq on Monday, wounding four soldiers, the British military said.

By Jan Lopatka PRAGUE (Reuters) - In setting up his promotion company in the Czech Republic, Tomas did not think twice about paying his first bribe.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Saddam Hussein returned to court in Baghdad on Monday as his trial resumed on charges of crimes against humanity stemming from the killing of 148 Shi'ites in the 1980s, a Reuters reporter said. Defense witnesses are expected to testify on Monday.

By Gerard Wynn BRUSSELS (Reuters) - EU emissions of heat-trapping carbon dioxide in 2005 were 44 million tonnes below a quota of 1.829 billion tonnes under the European Union's carbon trading scheme, the European Commission said on Monday.

By Trirat Puttajanyawong BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand, in a deep political and constitutional crisis after an inconclusive April snap general election was declared unlawful, may have to wait until October for a re-run, an election commissioner said on Monday.

RAMALLAH (Reuters) - Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas urged Hamas to renounce violence and respect peace deals on Monday, while also warning Israel that taking a unilateral approach to peace making would fuel extremism.

Malnutrition among Iraqi children has reached alarming levels, according to a U.N.-backed government survey showing people are struggling to cope three years after U.S.-forces overthrew Saddam Hussein.