International News Archive - August 09, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - The mayor of Nagasaki criticized Iran and North Korea for their nuclear programs and had harsh words for the United States for failing to halt nuclear proliferation as the Japanese city marked the 61st anniversary of its atomic bombing.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has denied covering up reports of adverse reactions linked to a banned antibiotic treatment, newspapers reported on Wednesday.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - An HIV/AIDS epidemic may kill 11 million people in India over the next 20 years, the Times of India reported on Wednesday, citing official census figures.

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - The brutal murder of 17 Sri Lankan aid workers last week highlights the difficulties faced by relief organizations around the world trying to balance helping people with politics.

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - The Japanese prime minister said on Wednesday he should keep a promise to visit a Tokyo shrine for war dead on the August 15 anniversary of Japan's World War Two surrender, a move likely to outrage China and the two Koreas.

By Ralph Jennings TAIPEI (Reuters) - Typhoon Saomai moved closer to Taiwan's capital, with landfall expected on Thursday morning, as a tropical storm fizzled at the south end of the island and another changed its course, veering toward the east of Japan.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese man stabbed to death 10 people, including six children, in an attack on his wife's family, state media reported, and a Chinese woman was charged with murdering seven people in a separate case.

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE (Reuters) - Water flowed to thousands of farmers in east Sri Lanka for the first time in three weeks on Wednesday after Tamil Tiger rebels lifted a blockade, but there was no end to the worst fighting since a 2002 truce.

PARIS (Reuters) - Lebanon's government should guarantee the withdrawal of Hizbollah guerrillas fighting Israeli forces at the same time as sending the national army into the south of the country, France said on Wednesday.

By James Grubel CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia will send an extra 150 troops to Afghanistan due to the deteriorating security situation, Prime Minister John Howard said on Wednesday, briefly boosting Canberra's commitment to Afghanistan to more than 600.

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