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11/08/05 World News: France authorizes Curfews to curb rioting


The French government has authorized local officials to set curfews in order to curb urban rioting that has spread across the country over the last two weeks.
Interior Minister Nicolas Sarkozy says the decision to empower regional authorities was made today (Tuesday) during an emergency cabinet meeting chaired by President Jacques Chirac.

Australian police say they have foiled plans for a large-scale terrorist attack, with 17 arrests in Melbourne and Sydney. One of those arrested today (Tuesday) was Abu Bakr, an Algerian-born Muslim cleric who has praised Osama bin Laden as a great man.

Vietnam has reported another human death from
bird flu, while top health experts began drawing
up a strategy to prevent the virus from spreading around the globe. Officials today (Tuesday) confirmed that a 35-year-old Hanoi man who died last month is the 42nd person in Vietnam known to have died from the virus over the past two-and-a-half years.

Retired Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk has posted a communiqué on his website saying he believes border treaties negotiated between Cambodia and Vietnam are illegal. Activists have criticized a recent border treaty with Vietnam signed by Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, saying it gives too much land to a country that once occupied Cambodia.

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