International News Archive - October 07, 2005

By Simon Cameron-Moore ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's government parties celebrated on Friday after scoring convincing wins in nationwide mayoral elections in which Islamist parties were the main losers.

BOGRA, Bangladesh (Reuters) - At least 12 people have died, up to 50,000 have fled their homes and about 1.5 million are marooned following heavy rains that flooded several districts in northern Bangladesh, government officials said on Friday.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The Vatican will allow gay men into the priesthood if they can show they have been celibate for at least three years, leading Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera reported on Friday.

By Saeed Ali Achakzai SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Four years after U.S. forces launched their offensive to overthrow the Taliban, the guerrillas vowed on Friday to continue their holy war to rid Afghanistan of foreign troops.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Talks aimed at resolving the standoff over who should be Germany's next chancellor have begun well and should lead to a deal over the weekend, a close ally of conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Friday.

BELGRADE (Reuters) - Serbia charged five members of a paramilitary group on Friday with the murder of six Bosnian Muslims from Srebrenica, the first time Serbs have faced war crimes charges at home for the 1995 massacre in Bosnia.

By Jonathan Spicer TORONTO (Reuters) - Ontario, home to a small but booming wine industry, is heading for a top quality grape harvest this year, but crop volumes will be so small that the province has bent its rules on using foreign grapes in cheaper blended wines, industry officials said.

By Telly Nathalia JAKARTA (Reuters) - One of the most wanted men in Asia and a prime suspect in the suicide bombings on Bali was on the Indonesian resort island shortly before last weekend's deadly blasts, a police official said on Friday. Police narrowly missed catching Malaysian Noordin M.

By Ellie Tzortzi and Annika Breidthardt BELGRADE/BERNE (Reuters) - U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan said he would recommend later on Friday that talks begin "very soon" on the disputed Serbian province of Kosovo and acknowledged that independence was an option.

By Emma Ross-Thomas MELILLA (Reuters) - African migrants in Spain's North African enclaves said on Friday they feared for their lives if Madrid sent them back under a plan to end attempts by hundreds to storm border fences into Spanish territory.

Word of the Day
  • A pivoted catch designed to fall into a notch on a ratchet wheel so as to allow movement in only one direction (e.g. on a windlass or in a clock mechanism), or alternatively to move the wheel in one direction.
The word 'pawl' probably comes from a Latin word meaning 'stake'.