International News Archive - November 27, 2005

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Iraq needs a more aggressive approach to win the fight against insurgents, the head of a powerful Shiite political party said in an interview that criticized the U.S. approach as mistaken, the Washington Post reported on Sunday.

YANGON (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta has extended opposition leader and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Aung San Suu Kyi's period of house arrest for another 12 months, a Home Ministry source said on Sunday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's rebel Tamil Tigers honoured their war dead on Sunday ahead of a key statement by leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, with observers expecting saber rattling as the island's peace process falters.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Rain and snow fell over Pakistan's earthquake zone on Sunday disrupting both air and road relief operations, aid officials said.

HARARE (Reuters) - Zimbabwe's main opposition party took an early lead in an election for the Senate, early results showed, despite a split over whether it should contest the poll that has thrown the party into crisis.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's Communist Party chief Hu Jintao has appointed a political ally as acting party boss of Tibet, a move that further consolidates his power base.

By Jalil Hamid PENGKALAN PASIR, Malaysia (Reuters) - Malaysia's ruling coalition sought to push the nation's fundamentalist Islamic party further into the political wilderness on Sunday with the start of its campaign for a crucial state by-election.

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Chechens were voting on Sunday for a regional assembly that is unlikely to appease anti-Moscow rebels but is expected to cement the power of a local pro-Russian strongman. The poll marks the end of a unilateral peace plan drawn up by Moscow for the turbulent region.

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Muslim Brotherhood has further built its strength in Egypt's parliament, winning 28 seats this weekend in legislative elections despite restrictions on voting, the Islamist group said on Sunday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad reckons he has three more months to nominate a fourth candidate for oil minister, but Iran's powerful constitutional watchdog is pressing for much faster action.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.