International News Archive - November 23, 2005

HONG KONG (Reuters) - High tariffs in developing nations were causing the current round of world trade negotiations to lose focus and they needed to be extended by two or three years, a former chairman of global trade talks said.

By Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Angelina Adhiambo is too busy trying to feed her family on 50 shillings a day to care about Kenya's rejection of a government-backed constitution.

By Telly Nathalia and Dean Yates JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia has welcomed the resumption of military relations with the United States while human rights groups expressed concern and said monitoring of the armed forces would need to be tightened.

By Guo Shipeng and Nick Macfie BEIJING (Reuters) - Residents of one of China's biggest and coldest cities, where water has been shut off for fear of chemical contamination, are jamming the airport and railway stations to get out, a witness said on Wednesday.

By Daniel Wallis KAMPALA (Reuters) - Ugandans must not protest during Thursday's bail hearing for opposition leader Kizza Besigye, the government has said, because any demonstrations could prejudice the state's treason proceedings against him.

PARIS (Reuters) - A nationwide rail strike caused new delays for commuters in France on Wednesday but trade unions were set to end the stoppage after several hours of talks with the SNCF railway operator over pay and pensions.

By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's new Chancellor Angela Merkel may have made bolstering relations with the United States a foreign policy priority, but she is following longstanding precedent by traveling to Paris on her first foreign visit.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - One of India's most wanted men appeared in court in Mumbai on Wednesday, accused of involvement in bombings more than 12 years ago that killed 260 people in the country's financial center.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan police on Wednesday found the body of an Indian man who Taliban insurgents said they kidnapped and executed, a provincial official said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian parliamentarians on Wednesday overwhelming rejected President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's third nominee for oil minister of the world's fourth biggest crude producer.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'