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International News Archive - May 25, 2006

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia sent commandos to East Timor's capital on Thursday ahead of the deployment of 1,300 troops to help restore law and order in the tiny nation.

By Palash Kumar SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was to end his two-day peace roundtable in Kashmir on Thursday, a day after appealing to militants to come home and telling his own troops to be more humane.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man kidnapped 19 primary schoolchildren and killed one of the hostages, official media reported on Thursday, the latest in a series of school attacks around the country.

By Guy Faulconbridge and Jeff Mason SOCHI, Russia (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin meets EU officials on Thursday for talks expected to focus on Western concerns about energy security and Russian democracy, setting the tone for a Group of Eight meeting this summer.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen shot and seriously wounded a senior Iraqi Defense Ministry official and his driver on Thursday, police sources said. The attack on General Khalil al-Ibadi outside his home in southwestern Baghdad appeared to be part of a campaign targeting senior government officials.

By Lirio da Fonseca DILI (Reuters) - Australian commandos were sent to East Timor on Thursday to secure the capital's airport ahead of the deployment of 1,300 troops to help restore law and order in the tiny nation.

LONDON (Reuters) - Bad weather forced British coastguards to call off a rescue operation on Thursday after an Irish fishing vessel sank off the southwest coast, killing one crew member and leaving two missing feared dead.

By Palash Kumar SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh began the last of two days of peace talks in Kashmir on Thursday, a day after appealing to militants to come home and telling his own troops to be more humane.

By Robert Birsel KABUL (Reuters) - Hunger could haunt millions of Afghans in coming months, with serious implications for security, unless donor countries provide help, the World Food Programme (WFP) said on Thursday.

LONDON (Reuters) - Bad weather forced British coastguards to call off a rescue operation on Thursday after an Irish fishing vessel sank off the southwest coast, killing one crew member and leaving two missing feared dead.