International News Archive - November 25, 2005

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon would win a March 28 general election, but his former Likud party would be left in tatters, Israeli newspaper polls found on Friday.

By Ian Chua HONG KONG (Reuters) - For Asian drug and sanitary companies, escalating worries over bird flu have been an unexpected boon as demand for their products boom. Vaccine producers such as CSL of Australia, cleaning product makers including Kao Corp.

By Michelle Nichols CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australian Prime Minister John Howard faces opposition from all sides but is still expected to succeed in pushing through contentious workplace reforms and tough anti-terror laws starting next week.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - New Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse said on Friday he would amend a ceasefire with rebels to halt "terrorist acts," saying he did not believe minority Tamils should have their own separate homeland.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - China sent truckloads of arms to Nepal this week to help its poorly-equipped army fight a violent Maoist revolt, a newspaper reported on Friday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of chickens have died of bird flu in Indonesia's Aceh in recent weeks, the first cases detected in the tsunami-hit province, an official said on Friday.

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon's new centrist party would win a March election, altering Israel's political map by crushing rightists opposed to peacemaking with the Palestinians, surveys found on Friday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese probe is readying itself to make a fresh and final attempt to land on the surface of an asteroid and pluck up rock samples, a delicate task officials on Friday said was like trying to land a jet in the Grand Canyon.

By Crispian Balmer ROME (Reuters) - Italy's biggest trade unions launched a four-hour strike on Friday to protest against the government's 2006 budget, their sixth general strike since Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi took office in 2001.

NAQUORA, Lebanon (Reuters) - Israel returned on Friday the bodies of three Hizbollah guerrillas slain in a fierce border clash this week, a move aimed at easing tensions on the volatile Lebanese-Israeli border.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]