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International News Archive - May 31, 2006

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has publicized a triple health scare for parents, warning of poisonous baby bottles, toxic children's clothes and unsafe toys.

By David Fox DILI (Reuters) - East Timor's capital was calm for the first time in more than a week on Wednesday as residents digested news that independence hero President Xanana Gusmao had assumed sole responsibility for the country's security.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's ailing former leader Suharto left his hospital sick bed for home on Wednesday after being treated for nearly a month due to internal bleeding.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban guerrillas have killed at least a dozen Afghan police and abducted up to 40 others in two separate attacks in the south of the country, officials said on Wednesday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China rebuked Taiwan on Wednesday for a national security report that said the mainland could avert looming social chaos by learning from the island's transformation into a democracy.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's parliament is expected to consider stripping the king of his remaining parliamentary roles, a lawmaker said on Wednesday, after voting to withdraw most of his powers earlier this month.

MOGADISHU (Reuters) - A new outbreak of fighting between rival militias in the Somali capital Mogadishu killed at least six people including two civilians early on Wednesday, residents said.

By Chawadee Nualkhair BANGKOK (Reuters) - While Thailand is a success story in the battle against HIV/AIDS, Myanmar and Vietnam threaten to emerge as new regional hotbeds of a disease which has killed more than 25 million people, experts said on Wednesday.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Talks intensified on Wednesday to convince two Darfur rebel factions to sign a peace deal to end a three-year-old conflict in Sudan's violent west where tens of thousands have been killed.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Forty-two dumped bodies have been found in different parts of Baghdad over the last 24 hours -- many of them shot, bound and showing signs of torture, police sources said on Wednesday. Most of them were found in eastern Baghdad, the sources added.