International News Archive - October 28, 2005

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - Wearing a white Muslim headscarf, an Australian former lingerie model went on trial on Thursday after being caught with two ecstasy pills on the Indonesian resort island of Bali.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Mexico becomes the 100th nation on Friday to ratify a 1998 treaty creating the International Criminal Court, the world's first permanent tribunal to try individuals for heinous crimes. The United Nations announced that Mexico's U.N.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese police have arrested the vice mayor of a city in its far northwest on charges of complicity with a coal mine where a gas blast killed 83 people in July, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Indian officials were due in Pakistan on Friday to discuss opening the Kashmir border to earthquake survivors, as the United Nations said an aid shortfall could ground a lifesaving helicopter fleet.

SEOUL (Reuters) - The leaders of South Korea's ruling Uri Party resigned en masse on Friday to take responsibility for a setback in parliamentary by-elections this week in which candidates from the main opposition swept all available seats.

MANILA (Reuters) - A Philippine court on Friday sentenced three Muslim militants, including an Indonesian, to death for the bombing of a commuter bus that killed four people in Manila in February.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Iran sought on Friday to smoothe the effects of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's comment that Israel should be "wiped off the map," saying through its Moscow embassy that he did not mean to "speak up in such sharp terms." "Mr Ahmadinejad did not have any intention to speak up in such sharp terms and enter into a conflict," the Iranian embassy in Moscow said in a statement, in a first official reaction to strong criticism from the European Union, Russia and others.

MILAN (Reuters) - An Italian court on Friday began closed-door hearings to decide whether to indict Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi and 13 others for alleged fraud at his family's broadcaster Mediaset.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan should possess a military not just to defend itself, a role to which it has been restricted for nearly 60 years, but to play a greater role in global security, the main ruling party said on Friday.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinian militants in Gaza fired a rocket into southern Israel on Friday but caused no casualties or damage, an Israeli rescue service said.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.