International News Archive - October 24, 2005

By Kevin Gray BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (Reuters) - Argentine President Nestor Kirchner strengthened his support in Congress during legislative elections on Sunday, while his wife scored a resounding victory in an important Senate race.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 12 Iraqi construction workers on Monday during an attack in the town of Mussayyib, south of Baghdad, police said.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia's military will complete the second phase of a four-stage troop withdrawal from Aceh on Monday, part of a landmark peace pact to end decades of rebellion in the tsunami-devastated province.

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - At least one million people were marooned on Monday by flooding in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal after five days of torrential rains left 14 dead, officials said.

By Pawel Sobczak WARSAW (Reuters) - Poland's conservatives, having captured the presidency, set a Saturday target for forging a government with pro-business allies. The Polish zloty fell on fears that fiscal and market reform might be slow in coming.

By Cynthia Johnston JERUSALEM (Reuters) - An international envoy has criticized Israel for delaying agreements to open Gaza Strip border crossings following its withdrawal and said that could hinder a Palestinian economic revival essential to peace.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's foreign minister will visit Japan despite anger over Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's war shrine pilgrimage, but a South Korean official said on Monday it was too early to resurrect a presidential trip.

By Matthew Robinson PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Kosovo will accept international "observation" or advice after United Nations mediation on its fate, but the West can no longer place conditions on its independence from Serbia, the province's ethnic Albanian prime minister says.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapakse's pledge to amend the terms of a truce with the Tamil Tigers if elected president next month could cause the agreement to collapse, the rebels warned on Monday.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The death of North Korea's No. 3 defense official and a close confidant of leader Kim Jong-il is part of a slow passing of the old guard but is unlikely to change the nature of the reclusive state soon, analysts said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'