International News Archive - October 08, 2005

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers pulled 71 bodies from a mudslide in a Guatemalan village, and local officials feared hundreds more may have died in the worst single tragedy from rains that devastated Central America.

MELBOURNE (Reuters) - The father of one of nine Australians arrested in Bali last April for heroin trafficking had alerted Australian police his son was going to Indonesia to commit drug offences, Australian newspapers reported on Saturday.

By Tomi Soetjipto KUTA BEACH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Police questioned more witnesses in the Bali backpack bombings on Saturday after narrowly failing to capture a key suspect in a series of blasts in Indonesia over the past several years.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States has drafted a proposal on North Korea's nuclear weapons programs that would call on the secretive state to declare all weapons and programs within six months, Kyodo news agency said on Saturday.

LONDON (Reuters) - London's Scotland Yard needs more resources and funding to tackle the increased threat of terrorism after bombs killed 52 people, one of its most senior officers said on Saturday.

BUCHAREST (Reuters) - Romania reported new cases of avian flu in the Danube delta on Saturday and started to cull hundreds of birds to prevent the disease from spreading, authorities said.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A bomb squad declared as safe a van abandoned on a road leading from Australia's Parliament House to Prime Minister John Howard's Canberra, police said on Saturday.

By Katharine Houreld and Nick Tattersall MONROVIA (Reuters) - From girls in high heels brandishing Kalashnikovs to a grandmother who wants to be Africa's first female president, women in Liberia have always been a potent force.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Communist Party chief Hu Jintao opened a four-day meeting on Saturday seeking to cement his grip on power, push his "harmonious society" platform to cope with rising social tension and possibly name a successor.

RABAT (Reuters) - An official Moroccan human rights group on Saturday unveiled the mass graves of 50 political prisoners who died at secret detention centres in the 1970s.

Word of the Day
  • Any of various tropical Old World birds of the family Indicatoridae, some species of which lead people or animals to the nests of wild honeybees. The birds eat the wax and larvae that remain after the nest has been destroyed for its honey.
Honeyguide birds have even been known to eat candles.