International News Archive - November 12, 2005

KHOST, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents killed at least one police officer and wounded four others in an attack on their headquarters in southeastern Afghanistan, officials said on Saturday.

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - France took steps to prevent unrest in the capital Paris on Saturday, deploying thousands of police and imposing a weekend ban on gatherings that could threaten trouble.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for an unannounced visit and will meet Iraqi Prime Minister Ibrahim Jaafari, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

By Zeeshan Haider and Sheikh Mushtaq LINE OF CONTROL, India/Pakistan (Reuters) - India and Pakistan opened a third crossing point on their de facto border dividing the earthquake hit region of Kashmir on Saturday, but as with earlier openings this week both sides exchanged relief supplies without allowing Kashmiris across.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan arrived in Baghdad on Saturday for his first visit to Iraq since the fall of Saddam Hussein, a U.N. spokeswoman said.

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - France enforced a ban on gatherings that could cause trouble in Paris on Saturday and thousands of police patrolled the capital after a 16th night of urban unrest across the country.

KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Saturday urged Taliban fighters and other militants to abandon their insurgency against his government and U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan and join a national reconciliation process.

By Spokes Mashiyane DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) - Sacked South African deputy president Jacob Zuma was formally indicted on corruption charges on Saturday in a case that has split the ruling ANC and tested the country's young democracy.

AMMAN (Reuters) - Jordan said on Saturday an investigation into three deadly suicide bombings against Amman hotels had concluded that Al Qaeda in Iraq was behind the attacks.

By Alphonso Toweh MONROVIA (Reuters) - Soccer star George Weah's party on Saturday demanded a rerun of Liberia's presidential runoff vote, saying the poll he appeared to have lost was unfair.

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.