International News Archive - October 05, 2008

Text of report in English by South Korean news agency Yonhap [Yonhap headline: "S. Korea Yet To Verify N. Korean Leader's Reappearance"] Seoul, Oct.

North Korea's state news agency reported a public appearance by reclusive leader Kim Jong Il for the first time in nearly two months, an absence that prompted speculation he was seriously ill. Kim watched a university soccer game, the state-run Korean Central News Agency reported Saturday.

Thai police have arrested key opposition leader Chamlong Srimuang as part of crackdown against anti-government protesters, local media reported Sunday.

By Associated Press BANGKOK, Thailand -- A one-time Bangkok mayor and key leader of a monthslong anti-government movement that spearheaded the ouster of a Thai prime minister was arrested today on charges of insurrection, police said.

By Associated Press TIJUANA, Mexico (AP) -- Police have found nine more bodies dumped around the Mexican border city of Tijuana, where nearly 50 people have been killed in a week of violence related to the drug trade.

By Kim Gamel Associated Press BAGHDAD -- Two U.S. helicopters collided while landing at a base in Baghdad on Saturday, killing one Iraqi soldier and wounding four people, including two Americans, the military said. It was the second helicopter crash in two weeks. The U.S.

Russian troops have pulled back from a key checkpoint in Georgian territory near the breakaway province of South Ossetia, European Union officials say. The checkpoint near the town of Gori is considered a gateway to South Ossetia, EU monitors told the BBC Sunday.

MOGADISHU, Somalia (AP) -- There have been four failed pirate attacks in the last 24 hours off the lawless Somali coast despite the presence of six American warships guarding a hijacked ship full of weapons, a U.S. navy spokeswoman said Saturday.

Authorities in Hong Kong said Sunday two recalled products made by British confectioner Cadbury had high levels of melamine. The industrial chemical has recently been found in Chinese-made dairy products, which have killed four children and sickened nearly 53,000 children.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Sunday the United States is not attempting to poach Kazakhstan away from Russia. After meeting with Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Marat Tazhin, Rice dismissed accusations that the U.S. government has begun targeting Russian allies for diplomatic relations.

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