General News Archive - December 26, 2005

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - An express train running behind schedule in blustery winter weather derailed in northern Japan, killing four people and injuring 33, police said on Monday, and it was unclear if others remained trapped in the wreckage.

Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines on Monday to remember thousands who died in last year's tsunami.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Guerrillas opened fire on a checkpoint north of Baghdad on Monday, killing five Iraqi policemen and wounding three others, police said.

BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Guerrillas killed 10 members of the Iraqi security forces in separate attacks north of Baghdad on Monday, officials said.

By Tomi Soetjipto ULEE LHEUE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Yasrati's 13-year-old daughter and 5-year-old son have been missing since the tsunami swept across her village in the Indonesian province of Aceh, yet she clings to the hope they somehow survived.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - India and Iran will hold bilateral talks this week in New Delhi to discuss the progress of a proposed $7 billion Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline and a separate liquefied natural gas deal between the two nations.

By Deepa Babington BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Guerrillas killed at least 10 Iraqi policemen and soldiers in separate attacks north of Baghdad on Monday in the latest flare-up of violence after a largely peaceful election nearly two weeks ago.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - An Afghan former intelligence chief went on trial on Monday accused of war crimes and torture during communist rule in the 1980s, the first such trial to be held in Afghanistan after decades of warfare.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian prosecutors said on Monday they had dropped charges against former Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko who had been accused of offering bribes to Russian officials as head of Ukraine's gas company.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union announced on Monday a 166 million euros ($196.9 million) aid package for 10 African countries, saying the continent's poorest nations must be remembered on the first anniversary of the tsunami in Asia.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]