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06/08/05 World News: Ethiopian Police Clamp Down on Growing Student Protests


Reports from the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa say at least 11 people are dead as protesters and police clashed in a third day of demonstrations over alleged fraud in last month's parliamentary election. Witnesses say police opened fire on rock-throwing protesters today (Wednesday) in the city center.

President Bush and British Prime Minister Tony Blair say they are close to an agreement on debt relief for Africa. Mr. Bush and Mr. Blair spoke to reporters Tuesday in Washington after talks focusing on African development assistance.

A second Chinese citizen seeking asylum in Australia is backing claims by a former diplomat that Beijing has dispatched thousands of spies in Australia.

Seven North Koreans have entered Thailand's embassy in Vietnam seeking asylum. Embassy officials say the three men and four women entered the outpost today (Wednesday) carrying handwritten messages asking for asylum.

Amnesty International says Burmese migrants working in Thailand are subject to abuse and exploitation at the hands of employers, smugglers and local police.

Vietnamese state media say a visit by a senior U.S. defense official will lead to increased military and diplomatic ties between the former adversaries.

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