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International News Archive - October 04, 2008

World in brief JERUSALEM Pages from an Israeli astronaut's diary that survived the explosion of the space shuttle Columbia and a 37-mile fall to Earth are going on display this weekend for the first time.

World in brief TSKHINVALI Six people were killed and four wounded when a car filled with explosives blew up near a Russian peacekeepers' base in Georgia's breakaway region of South Ossetia, according to separatists.

By The Associated Press MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) - Somali pirates holding a hijacked arms ship said Thursday they will not release it for less than $20 million and warned they will fight back against any commando-style rescue attempts.A half-dozen U.S.

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website Taipei, Oct.

Text of report in English by Taiwanese Central News Agency website [By Steve Bercic] Taipei, Oct.

Fifteen Turkish soldiers have been slain by Kurdish separatist rebels in the country's restive southeast, officials said Saturday. The soldiers were killed during an attack by the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which launched a raid from northern Iraq, the BBC reported.

Text of report by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) ["Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Jianchao Issues Statement on US Government Notifying Congress of Decision To Sell Weapons to Taiwan"] Beijing, 4 Oct (Xinhua) - Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Jianchao on 4 October issued a statement on the US Government notifying Congress its decision to sell weapons to Taiwan, saying the Chinese government and people resolutely oppose and condemn this US action that gravely harms China's interests and Sino-US relations.

By Associated Press DERA ISMAIL KHAN, Pakistan (AP) -- Two suspected U.S. missile strikes Friday on villages close to the border with Afghanistan killed at least 19 people, most of them militants, Pakistani intelligence officials said.

A banned agricultural chemical containing mercury was used at the University of Tokyo research farm in the late 1990s, university officials have announced. Rice tainted with the chemical was sold to people living near the farm and to some faculty members, The Japan Times reported.

Text of report in English by official Chinese news agency Xinhua (New China News Agency) [Xinhua: "China Central Government To Subsidize Dairy Farmers After Tainted Milk Scandal"] BEIJING, Oct.

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