Vol. 5 Num 156 Thu. October 28, 2004    
 
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Shocked relatives mourn deaths in Thailand
A shocked Thailand yesterday began another dark day amid warnings of bloodbath in the wake of mass deaths in the self-styled "Land of Smiles" that prompted countrymen to question Prime Minister Thaksin
 
Sharon rejects Gaza referendum
Israeli leader Ariel Sharon rejected calls from within his mutinous cabinet Wednesday for a referendum on leaving Gaza after winning parliament's support to uproot settlements from land claimed by Palestinians.
 
India urges Pakistan to use official channels
India called on Pakistan to go through official channels with any fresh proposals on insurgency-hit Kashmir, after Islamabad publicly offered new ideas to break the decades-old dispute.
 
British troops in Iraq start heading north
Japan won't withdraw troops now
A battle group of British troops began to roll out of southern Iraq Wednesday on a US-requested mission to deadlier areas near Baghdad in a major political gamble for British Prime Minister Tony Blair.
 
Russian Upper House ratifies Kyoto Protocol
Russia's Upper House of Parliament ratified the Kyoto Protocol on Wednesday, leaving President Vladimir Putin's signature as the final step to kickstart global efforts to control climate change.
 
Mine explosion death toll jumps to 129 in China
The death toll from China's worst coal mine accident in four years rose to 129 on Wednesday, the government said, as rescuers searched for 19 more missing miners.
 
14 Pak tribesmen killed near Afghan border
Fourteen tribal leaders trying to help Pakistani forces organise the surrender of al-Qaeda-linked militants in a remote region near the Afghan border have been killed, a military spokesman said Wednesday.
 
Barroso backs down over EU vote
A vote to approve the new European Commission has been delayed after the incoming president withdrew his proposed line-up of commissioners.
 
Witness identifies 7 in attack on bakery in Gujarat riots
A key witness in India's controversial "Best Bakery" trial Wednesday identified seven of 21 Hindus accused of the arson deaths of 12 Muslims in 2002 religious riots that shook western Gujarat state.
 
BJP to continue temple campaign despite poll debacle
Indian opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani said Wednesday a controversial campaign to build a temple on the ruins of a destroyed mosque would continue despite his party's rout in May elections.
 

 
   
 
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