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International News Archive - August 22, 2006

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Fighting rocked the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday after the announcement of a presidential run-off vote following July 30 elections, witnesses said. Heavy gunfire was heard near the area where U.N.

By Leo Solinap ILOILO CITY, Philippines (Reuters) - Sludge has washed up on Panay, a large island in the central Philippines, as an oil spill from a sunken tanker spread, threatening rich fishing grounds, officials said on Tuesday.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The trial of former Iraqi President Saddam Hussein and six co-defendants resumed on Tuesday. All defendants were present.

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bomb squad officers defused explosives strapped to a vegetable-laden pushbike at a market in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, just hours after U.S. officials said they had arrested suspected rebel arms procurers.

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles shook the Democratic Republic of Congo capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday as foreign governments pressed President Joseph Kabila and an election rival to halt fighting between their feuding forces.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - An Iraqi Kurd told Saddam Hussein's genocide trial on Tuesday how jets dropped poison gas smelling of rotten apples on his mountain village and aides to the ousted leader defended his campaign against Kurdish rebels.

By David Lewis KINSHASA (Reuters) - Gunbattles shook Congo's capital Kinshasa for a third day on Tuesday as the United Nations and foreign leaders pressed President Joseph Kabila and an election rival to halt fighting between their feuding forces.

By Ranga Sirilal COLOMBO (Reuters) - Bomb squad officers defused explosives strapped to a vegetable-laden pushbike at a market in Sri Lanka's capital on Tuesday, just hours after officials in the U.S. said they had arrested suspected rebel arms procurers.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Indian police said they had foiled a possible terrorist attack in the financial hub of Mumbai after they shot dead a suspected Pakistani national and arrested another after a gun battle in the metropolis on Tuesday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert's coalition government is in trouble and should be reshuffled after a dispute stemming from the war in Lebanon, a top lawmaker in Olmert's Kadima party said on Tuesday.

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