International News Archive - August 26, 2006
KABUL (Reuters) - Two soldiers from a U.S.-led force have been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, the force said on Saturday, the latest casualties in the bloodiest period of Afghan violence since the Taliban were overthrown.
BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which says its Catholics must belong to a state-backed church that does not recognize the Pope's authority, has freed an underground bishop after more than 10 years in jail, the U.S.-based Cardinal Kung Foundation said.
By Anuruddha Lokuhapuarachchi JAFFNA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The Red Cross evacuated foreigners from Sri Lanka's northern Jaffna peninsula and distributed aid there on Saturday after a two week siege, but the army said a bomb left by withdrawing rebels killed six soldiers.
KABUL (Reuters) - Two French soldiers have been killed in an ambush in Afghanistan, the French Defense Ministry said on Saturday, the latest casualties in the bloodiest period of Afghan violence since the Taliban were overthrown.
ISTANBUL (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded in the southern Turkish city of Adana late on Friday, injuring four people, state news agency Anatolian reported.
By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia said on Saturday it would contribute up to 130 police to a new U.N. mission in East Timor, in addition to troops sent to restore order after a wave of violence in the fledgling nation three months ago.
By Parisa Hafezi ARAK, Iran (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Saturday launched a new phase in the Arak heavy-water reactor project, part of Iran's atomic program which the West fears is aimed at producing bombs.
By Suleiman al-Khalidi AMMAN (Reuters) - Leaders of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah movement endorsed on Saturday a national unity government with the rival Hamas group to end feuding they say Israel has exploited to stall on Middle East peace pledges.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The magnitude of the Israeli response to Hizbollah's cross-border operation in July took the Lebanese guerrilla group by surprise, Hizbollah deputy leader Naim Qassem said in an interview published on Saturday.
ARAK, Iran (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Saturday no one could deprive Iran of its right to nuclear technology, voicing fresh defiance days ahead of a U.N. deadline for Iran to halt uranium enrichment work.
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