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International News Archive - May 26, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, where fatal mine accidents are an almost daily occurrence, recorded a near 30 percent decline in coal pit deaths in the first five months of the year compared with the same period of 2005, Xinhua news agency said.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have detained a manager of a mine, wanted in connection with a flood that trapped 57 miners, who had fled to Inner Mongolia with his mistress, state media reported on Friday.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Paramilitary troops and an elite rapid action unit were deployed at garment factories around Dhaka on Friday to increase security after one person was killed and nearly 150 injured in violent protests earlier this week.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Envoys of the Dalai Lama have raised demands on Tibetan autonomy and on the region's borders which China cannot accept, a Chinese government official said on Friday in comments that shed light on secretive talks.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government and Maoist rebels said on Friday they were ready to begin their first talks in nearly three years to end an insurgency that has killed thousands of people.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's government and Maoist rebels will begin their first peace talks in nearly three years at 4 p.m. (1015 GMT) on Friday, negotiators from both sides said. "We are meeting at four," Maoist negotiator Dev Gurung told Reuters.

By Elaine Lies NAGO, Japan (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi courted leaders of Pacific island nations in a summit on Friday with pledges of support for greater prosperity a month after China offered its own sweeping economic aid package.

TOKYO/BEIJING (Reuters) - Coastguards from the United States, Japan, China, South Korea, Canada and Russia will hold a joint maritime exercise for six days from Saturday, chasing a ship suspected of carrying weapons of mass destruction.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iranian Foreign Minister Manouchehr Mottaki arrived in Baghdad on Friday for talks with Iranian officials in the second high-level visit since Saddam Hussein was toppled in 2003.

In BAGHDAD story headlined "Iranian foreign minister arrives in Baghdad," please read in first paragraph ... for talks with Iraqi officials ... .

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swell-mobsman
  • A member of the swell-mob; a genteelly clad pickpocket. Sometimes mobsman.
Use of the word 'swell-mobsman' dates at least to the early 1800s.