International News Archive - October 02, 2005

By Martin Nesirky SEOUL (Reuters) - A frozen project to give North Korea nuclear reactors should be scrapped to draw a line between that and any new deal to give such plants to Pyongyang if it gives up its atomic weapons, South Korea's foreign minister said.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Security forces in Bangladesh have arrested Mufti Abdul Hannan, the alleged leader of the Bangladesh chapter of the Islamist militant group Harkatul Jihad, at a hideout in the capital Dhaka, police said on Sunday.

By Lars Rischke DRESDEN, Germany (Reuters) - Germans in a late-voting district cast their ballots on Sunday two weeks after the country's most inconclusive election since World War Two left both sides hoping to bolster their claims to power. Polls in the eastern city of Dresden opened at 8 a.m.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Typhoon Longwang headed for China after swirling through Taiwan on Sunday, injuring at least 34 people. As the storm approached, more than 200,000 people were evacuated from boats to land in China's eastern province of Fujian, state media said.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Trade Minister Shoichi Nakagawa criticized China on Sunday for sending warships near disputed gas fields in the East China Sea, after a media report said a Chinese ship had pointed a gun at a Japanese patrol plane.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel urged its citizens on Sunday to avoid vacationing in Egypt's Sinai resorts, citing intelligence warnings that they could be kidnapped by pro-Palestinian militants during Jewish holidays.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's presidential office denied on Sunday the president had given an interview to a Gulf paper which quoted him as saying Tehran may hold back on oil sales if its nuclear program is referred to the U.N. Security Council.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - Pope Benedict, opening the first major Church meeting since his election, said on Sunday that trying to keep God out of public life was "not tolerance but hypocrisy." The Pope, during a solemn Mass in St Peter's Basilica opening a synod of more than 250 bishops from 118 countries, also said that too many Catholic lives could be compared to "vinegar rather than wine" because of the indifference to God.

By David Brunnstrom KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan's election commission vowed strong action against vote fraud on Sunday after international observers highlighted "worrying" cases of cheating in last month's landmark legislative elections.

By Aamir Ashraf ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said on Sunday his second visit to Pakistan in eight months reflected the positive momentum in relations between the two countries.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.