Seoul confirms withdrawal of troops from Iraq by year-end

SEOUL, Sept.

N.K. negotiator denies speculation on Kim`s health as `sophism`

PANMUNJOM, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- A chief North Korean negotiator on Friday denied mounting speculation on North Korean leader Kim Jong-il's health as 'sophism' by those who trying to obstruct inter-Korean ties.

Prosecutors raid KTF headquarters in rebate probe

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- Prosecutors raided the headquarters of KTF Co. on Friday in an investigation into allegations that the leading mobile carrier took inducements from suppliers in return for agreeing to buy their products.

Families of jet crash victims sue Cambodian airline for US$4 million

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- The families of over a dozen Koreans killed in a Cambodian jet crash last year have sued the airline, demanding US$4 million in compensation for its failure to prevent the errors that caused the accident, a Seoul court said Friday.

Six Iraqi children due in Seoul for medical treatment By Byun Duk-kun

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- A group of six Iraqi children, aged two to 12, will arrive here later Friday for medical operations that could save their lives, officials said.

S. Koreans renew old debate on education of Chinese characters By Kim Young-gyo

SEOUL, Sept. 19 (Yonhap) -- One of South Korea's oldest debates reopened in the education sector this week, after a district education office in southern Seoul announced it would reintroduce the mandatory study of Chinese characters in elementary schools.

Australia may delay ratify uranium sale treaty with Russia

Melbourne, Sept 19 (PTI) Fearing that Russia may use the
uranium from Australia for its nuclear weapons program,
Federal Parliament's Treaties Committee Friday advised the
government to delay ratifying the treaty with the nation.

Kayaker tells of brush with death

A Melbourne kayaker knew he had only a minute to live unless he broke his own leg to escape from his upturned craft in raging white water.
David Wilson was trapped after his kayak was sucked under water when he tried to

Delhi blast suspect, associate killed in fierce encounter

New Delhi, Sep 19 (PTI) Atiq, a militant wanted in
connection with the serial blasts in Delhi and Ahmedabad, and
his associate were killed while two Delhi police personnel
were injured in a fierce encounter in Jamia Nagar of south
Delhi Friday.


Beijing, Sep 19 (ANTARA) - Indonesian national news agency ANTARA is welcome to offer its news services to China Radio International (CRI), CRI Deputy Director for English Services Guan Juanjuan said here Friday.