International News Archive - May 04, 2006
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party presidential candidate has taken a slight lead in a poll released on Wednesday, confirming his new position as front-runner ahead of July elections.
DIYARBAKIR, Turkey (Reuters) - A bomb exploded beside a minibus carrying soldiers' children home from school on Wednesday in a town in southeast Turkey, injuring 17 people including 11 children, a local security chief said.
MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's ruling party presidential candidate has taken a slight lead in a new poll, confirming several recent surveys that position him as the front-runner ahead of July's election.
KHAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Three Pakistani policemen were killed in a suspected Taliban attack on a checkpoint near the Afghan border in the latest violent response to government efforts to rid the region of militants.
SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Two civilians were killed and six people wounded in Indian Kashmir on Thursday when suspected Islamist militants hurled a grenade at a security patrol in a busy marketplace, police said.
YANGON (Reuters) - Flash floods triggered by Cyclone Mala killed 18 people in central Myanmar, state media reported on Thursday, sharply raising the death toll from last week's storm.
JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A bulk carrier reportedly ferrying iron ore from Brazil to China has sank off South Africa's eastern coast and 27 crew members were still missing by Thursday, rescue officials said.
By Bart Noonan LONDON (Reuters) - Britons voted in local council elections on Thursday amid a storm of sleaze and incompetence allegations that could damage the ruling Labour Party and even affect how much longer British Prime Minister Tony Blair stays in power.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Iranian military played down threats by a top Revolutionary Guards commander that Israel would be the Islamic state's first target if attacked by U.S. forces over its nuclear plans, a newspaper said on Thursday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China defended on Thursday its decision to appoint two Catholic bishops without the Pope's blessing, saying they were adhering to the wishes of a majority of worshippers.
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