International News Archive - November 24, 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean scientist whose cloning of a dog Time magazine called this year's most amazing invention resigned on Thursday as head of a global hub for stem-cell work because two members on his team donated egg cells for study.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Four schoolboys were killed and another was wounded in an explosion in northern Thailand after one of them accidentally set off a bomb they found on a roadside, police said on Thursday.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - One Philippine soldier was killed as renewed fighting with suspected Islamic militants with ties to al Qaeda entered a second day on the remote southwestern island of Jolo, an army general said on Thursday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari urged Japan on Thursday to continue its deployment of several hundred ground troops to Samawa in southern Iraq to help rebuild the war-torn country.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Likening Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's visits to a Tokyo war shrine to "pouring salt into an open wound," China's ambassador to Japan on Thursday urged a halt to the pilgrimages in order to thaw frigid Sino-Japanese ties.

PARIS (Reuters) - French rail traffic returned to normal on Thursday after trade unions called off a nationwide strike which cost state railway company SNCF up to 30 million euros ($35 million).

By Jon Herskovitz and Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's pioneering stem cell scientist apologized on Thursday that two members of his team had donated their egg cells for research, saying his rush to advance science may have clouded his ethical judgment.

By David Mageria and Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - President Mwai Kibaki left Kenyans guessing his next move on Thursday after he dissolved the cabinet in response to a humiliating referendum defeat.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Ten people were injured when opposition activists scuffled with Bangladeshi police on Thursday during a general strike that disrupted business and transport in much of the country.

By Michelle Nichols and Jan Dahinten CANBERRA/SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Australia will not punish Singapore over the planned execution of an Australian drug smuggler, Prime Minister John Howard said on Thursday ahead of protests around the country to oppose the December 2 hanging.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]