International News Archive - October 21, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao will visit North Korea this month ahead of a scheduled fifth round of multiparty talks on North Korea's nuclear crisis, North Korea and China's Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

KABUL (Reuters) - A local aid worker and two senior provincial officials were among four people killed in Afghanistan, officials said on Friday, in attacks blamed on Taliban militants.

By Evelyn Leopold and Irwin Arieff UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - A U.N. investigation accusing senior Syrian and Lebanese officials of an intricate plot to kill former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri was expected to prompt calls for action against Damascus.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - An Australian man convicted of drugs charges in Singapore has lost his final appeal for clemency and will be executed, Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer said on Friday.

By Athar Hussain KARACHI (Reuters) - Pakistani tent makers said on Friday they are struggling to meet a government demand for 8,000 tents a day to shelter some two million survivors of the October 8 earthquake before winter sets in.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The result of Iraq's constitutional referendum will not be announced for at least another day or two, a senior official of the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq (IECI) said on Friday.

By Sean Maguire and Jonathan Thatcher TBILISI (Reuters) - The United States is planning new peace initiatives that Georgia hopes will win it control of two separatist enclaves backed by its giant northern neighbor Russia, Georgian President Mikhail Saakashvili said.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - North Korea, showing some flexibility on a key issue, will return to six-party talks on ending its nuclear arms program in early November, New Mexico Governor Bill Richardson said on Friday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will stand firm against U.S. "bullying" over its nuclear program but will never use atomic technology to make bombs, the Islamic Republic's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Friday.

By Paul Eckert, Asia Correspondent, and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Responding to South Korea's bid for a greater role in its own defense, U.S. Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said on Friday that Washington was open to discussing Seoul's desire to assume wartime control of its troops.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.