SEOUL, Nov 15 (AFP): Dozens of people were hurt in violent clashes here Tuesday between police and South Korean farmers demonstrating against free trade policies ahead of this week's APEC summit, witnesses said. AFP.
Iran's Ahmadinejad presents new oil ministry nominee
TEHRAN, Nov 15: Iran's hardline President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad Tuesday presented a new nominee for the crucial post of oil minister, after his first two choices were blocked by parliament. His previous nominees had been severely criticised for lacking any experience in the oil sector, which accounts for 80 percent of the Islamic republic's export revenues. AFP.
Five killed in southern Philippine ambush
PAGADIAN, (Philippines), Nov 15: A local politician and four of his security escorts were killed in an ambush Tuesday in the southern Philippines, police said. Gunmen opened fire on a two-car convoy carrying Abdul Marcaban and his men near the southern city of Pagadian, killing him on the spot and four of his escorts -- two of them soldiers. AFP
Libya delays ruling on AIDSdeath sentences
TRIPOLI, Nov 15: Libya Tuesday again delayed making a ruling on whether five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor should be executed by firing squad for allegedly infecting 400 children with the AIDS virus. Supreme Court presiding judge Ali al-Alus announced a decision had been put off to January 31 in a case being closely watched by the international community as Moamer Kadhafi's regime emerges from its past as a pariah state AFP.
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf tops Liberia presidential vote: NEC
MONROVIA, Nov 15: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has taken a majority in Liberia's election with all ballots counted, setting her on the way to be Africa's first woman elected president, preliminary results from the electoral body showed Tuesday. "The commissioners will have to wait for the final results before announcing the winner," National Elections Commission chairwoman Frances Johnson Morris said. AFP
Opposition supporters arrested in Zimbabwe faction fight
HARARE, Nov 15: At least 18 youths were arrested in Zimbabwe's second capital Bulawayo following clashes between factions of the country's main opposition, police said Tuesday. "Some 18 youths have been arrested so far following clashes on Sunday night between rival factions of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC)," AFP.
Four days of fighting ends in southern Philippines
ZAMBOANGA, (Philippines), Nov 15: Four days of fierce gunbattles between Muslim militants and troops in the southern Philippines have ended, the military said Tuesday, reducing the number of soldiers who died in the fighting. Four soldiers were killed and 22 others wounded while up to 20 gunmen from the Abu Sayyaf group were believed killed, the military said, basing its casualty figures for the rebels from radio intercepts and ground reports AFP.
Indian Sikhs celebrate founder's birthday
NEW DELHI, Nov 15: Millions of Indian Sikhs Tuesday held special prayers and staged religious processions to mark the 15th century birthday of the faith's founder, Guru Nanak. Devotees flocked to Sikh temples, or gurudwaras, to hear hymns from the Sikh holy book, the Guru Granth Sahib, and take part in festivities honouring Guru Nanak AFP.