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International News Archive - August 17, 2006

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Nine people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut by four months on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day.

LONDON (Reuters) - British detectives probing an alleged plot to bomb transatlantic airliners have released without charge one person they had arrested, police said on Thursday. But a court has granted them further time to question 23 suspects -- 21 for another week, two for another five days.

By Jerry Norton DILI (Reuters) - During the day, Fernanda Gomez stands at her tiny roadside kiosk selling canned goods and sundries in front of the blackened remains of burned-out houses in her village near Dili.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A centuries-old brothel teetering on the verge of collapse has red-faced Chinese officials pondering heritage versus morality behind closed doors, state media reported on Thursday.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up near an Afghan police post on Thursday, killing himself and wounding seven police in the volatile southern province of Uruzgan, the provincial police chief said.

By Ahmad Pathoni JAKARTA (Reuters) - Nine people convicted for the 2002 Bali nightclub bombings that killed 202 people had their sentences cut by four months on Thursday to mark Indonesia's independence day. Australia said victims and their families would be upset by the decision.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea is likely to reverse position and accept aid from the World Food Programme after flooding last month hit already short food supplies, an official with the U.N. aid agency said on Thursday.

By Kerstin Gehmlich CLICHY-SOUS-BOIS, France (Reuters) - France's riot-hit suburbs are high on parties' agendas ahead of next year's presidential poll, but youths in the poor neighborhoods doubt the campaign promises will help cut crime or create jobs.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladeshi police shot dead 11 militants in an exchange of fire in the country's northern Pabna district on Thursday, police said. Police intercepted about 100 militants holding a meeting at a hideout, a police official said.

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - The United Nations is investigating a suspected child prostitution ring involving its peacekeepers and government soldiers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the U.N. mission said on Thursday.