International News Archive - October 12, 2005

BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Colombian police dismantled grenade launchers pointed at the presidential palace late on Tuesday that they said rebels had placed there, a day after one of the president's top congressional allies survived a car bombing.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Three more Australians accused of heroin trafficking stood trial on the Indonesian resort island of Bali on Wednesday, part of a group of nine who face possible death sentences.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan and the United States appear headed toward settling a feud over where to relocate a U.S.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - A court on the Indonesian island of Bali has cut five years off a 20-year jail term given to an Australian beauty therapist convicted in a high-profile drug case, one of her lawyers said on Wednesday.

By Mirwais Afghan KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen killed five Afghan employees of a relief agency in the southern province of Kandahar on Wednesday, a director of the agency said.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder said on Wednesday he would definitely not be a part of the country's next government. "I will not be a part of the next government -- definitely not be part of it," Schroeder said in a speech in the city of Hanover.

By Tomi Soetjipto KEROBOKAN, Indonesia (Reuters) - Protesters stormed an Indonesian jail on Wednesday where many bombers behind the 2002 Bali nightclub blasts are incarcerated, just hours after somber ceremonies to mark the third anniversary of the atrocity.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, who has led Germany since 1998, said on Wednesday he would not be a part of the next government under conservative leader Angela Merkel.

By Matthew Robinson PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - The majority Albanian province of Kosovo can win independence from Serbia in 2006 but it will be conditioned by an "international supervision" proviso, diplomats and analysts say.

By Jeremy Smith BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Bird flu does not so far appear to have hit Romania, according to test results released on Wednesday by the European Commission, raising hopes that the highly contagious disease has not yet reached Europe.

Word of the Day
  • An armed gangster.
The word 'shotta' is an alteration of 'shooter'.