International News Archive - October 19, 2005

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents in Afghanistan killed a district chief and a school headmaster in the volatile southern province of Kandahar, a government spokesman said on Wednesday.

By Faisal Aziz MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Strong aftershocks rocked earthquake-shattered northern Pakistan on Wednesday morning, but there were no immediate reports of more deaths or injuries. A 5.8 magnitude quake at 7.33 a.m.

DHAKA (Reuters) - A trial court judge in northeastern Bangladesh was wounded in a bomb attack by a suspected Islamic militant, police said on Wednesday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistan-based alliance of Kashmiri militants groups on Wednesday backed Islamabad's call for India to allow Kashmiris to cross the heavily militarized frontier in the divided region hit by a deadly earthquake.

LONDON (Reuters) - A British soldier was killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq late on Tuesday night, the Ministry of Defense said. A ministry spokesman told Reuters the soldier had died in Basra "as a result of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb at 2323 local time.

BAGHGAD (Reuters) - The judge who will preside over the trial of Saddam Hussein on charges of crimes against humanity was named on Wednesday by U.S. officials, shortly before the trial opened, as Rizgar Mohammed Amin.

KINSHASA (Reuters) - Militiamen have taken 43 Congolese disarmament officers hostage and are threatening to burn them alive unless they are paid cash for handing in their weapons, officials said on Wednesday.

CHEDDIPALAIYAM, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Nearly 10 months after he was found among tsunami debris to become a beacon of hope and Sri Lanka's best-known survivor, 'Baby 81' celebrated his first birthday on Wednesday with a trip to a Hindu temple.

By Jafer Majid Hatem DUJAIL, Iraq (Reuters) - Many Iraqis watched with relief on Wednesday as Saddam Hussein's trial began, bringing to account the man who brutalized them for three decades.

By Michael Georgy and Alastair Macdonald BAGHDAD (Reuters) - As a moment of legal history, it is too early to tell how the trial of Saddam Hussein will be judged by posterity; as a piece of theater, the main players lived up to their billing on the opening day.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).