International News Archive - May 16, 2006

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's defense minister vowed that the Jewish state would make every effort for a peace deal with the Palestinians before undertaking any unilateral steps to set its border in the West Bank.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police had a better rate of success at cracking murder cases last year than either the United States or Britain, officials said on Monday, strongly denying that forced confessions were behind the good results.

BEIJING (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Russia and China met in Beijing on Tuesday where how to resolve the standoff over Iran's nuclear program is likely to be high on the agenda. Both hold veto power on the U.N.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's top courts, given the arduous job of ending a complex political and constitutional crisis, were expected to pile more pressure on election commissioners to quit on Tuesday.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A terror suspect accused of involvement in the 2005 bombings on Indonesia's Bali island renounced on Tuesday statements given to interrogators, saying he made them because he feared being tortured.

By John Ruwitch SHANTOU, China (Reuters) - Chaos reined during the Great Proletarian Cultural Revolution and millions were killed or persecuted, but for a reminder of that dark decade you have to make your way to a museum in an out-of-the-way corner of southern China.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said negotiation was the key to solving the Iran nuclear stand-off with the West and said neither Moscow nor Beijing would support a U.N. resolution that is an "excuse" for force.

By Nelson Graves ROME (Reuters) - Italy's new president began a day-long round of consultations with political leaders on Tuesday that will enable Prime Minister-in-waiting Romano Prodi to form a government and end a prolonged political vacuum.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - A culture of violence fueled by alcohol and drugs has led to endemic sexual abuse against aboriginal women in remote parts of Australia, where girls as young as seven months are raped, an outback prosecutor has said.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan on Tuesday urged the resumption of multilateral talks aimed at ending North Korea's nuclear programs, saying it offered the best chance of resolving the standoff.

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