General News Archive - February 23, 2006
By Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Diplomats pushing for a strong new Human Rights Council at the United Nations scrambled on Thursday to put a bright face on plans for its creation, arguing it would mark a big step forward despite falling short of their original goals.
KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has reprimanded one of its biggest daily newspapers for printing a cartoon lampooning the global controversy over caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad.
BAQUBA, Iraq (Reuters) - Gunmen opened fire on a Sunni mosque in the Iraqi town of Baquba on Thursday, killing one person, after a wave of similar attacks on Wednesday in the wake of the bombing of a Sh'ite shrine.
DUBAI (Reuters) - Three Al Arabiya journalists were killed in the Iraqi city of Samarra, racked by sectarian violence since Wednesday, the Arabic television said on Thursday. Al Arabiya gave no further details.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi police said on Thursday 47 people had been killed in the preceding 24 hours in Baghdad following the bombing of a Shi'ite shrine that raised fears of sectarian civil war.
By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Forty-seven people were killed in Baghdad in the 24 hours since the bombing of a major Shi'ite shrine sparked the worst sectarian violence the country has seen since the fall of Saddam Hussein, police said on Thursday.
BEIRUT (Reuters) - The chief U.N. investigator into the assassination of a former Lebanese prime minister headed to Damascus on Thursday for talks on Syrian cooperation with the inquiry, Lebanese security sources said.
By Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Fifty-three people were killed in Baghdad in the 24 hours since the bombing of a major Shi'ite shrine sparked the worst sectarian violence the country has seen since the fall of Saddam Hussein, police said on Thursday.
By Paul Tait SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australia launched a new A$180 million ($133 million) advertising campaign on Thursday which seeks to attract international tourists by swearing at them. "Where the bloody hell are you?" asks the new campaign launched by Australian Tourism Minister Fran Bailey.
By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - A covered market in Moscow collapsed on Thursday, apparently under the weight of snow on its roof, killing at least 13 people and trapping others in the rubble, emergency services said.