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International News Archive - October 23, 2005

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - U.S. goodwill envoy Karen Hughes appealed on Sunday for Malaysia, an Asian melting pot of religions, to use its influence in the Islamic world to help bridge a gulf of misunderstanding about U.S. policies abroad.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - South Sudan has formed an autonomous government as part of a January peace deal that ended more than two decades of civil war in Africa's largest country, a senior official said on Sunday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Rescue workers are searching for seven French and 11 Nepali climbers who went missing four days ago after an avalanche in western Nepal, rescue officials said on Sunday.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - International efforts to help up to three million survivors of Pakistan's devastating earthquake are gathering momentum, but time is short and much more is needed, aid officials said on Sunday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korea's No. 3 defense official and a close confidant of leader Kim Jong-il has died, the North's official media said on Sunday.

ABUJA (Reuters) - The wife of Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo died on Sunday after undergoing surgery in Spain, the presidency said.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - A car bomb killed four people, including two police officers, when it exploded near a police patrol in central Baghdad on Sunday morning, Iraqi police said. The blast also injured 13 others, both police and civilians.

LONDON (Reuters) - The British government has called on the European Union to ban live wild bird imports from anywhere in the world, after a parrot died in Britain of suspected bird flu while in quarantine.

By Radu Marinas BUCHAREST (Reuters) - The United States and new NATO member Romania are very close to reaching an agreement to establish American military bases on the Black Sea, U.S. National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said on Sunday.

By David Brunnstrom MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - International efforts to help up to three million survivors of Pakistan's devastating earthquake are gathering momentum, but time is short and much more is needed, aid officials said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.