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International News Archive - November 04, 2005

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan said on Friday it was ready to talk to China about allowing direct charter flights ahead of the peak Lunar New Year travel season in early 2006, a day after an invitation by Beijing.

By Teruaki Ueno BEIJING (Reuters) - Japan and North Korea tried again on Friday to resolve long-standing disputes, including North Korea's kidnapping of Japanese citizens decades ago, that have blocked the Asian neighbors from forging diplomatic ties.

China and Vietnam reported major bird flu outbreaks in poultry on Friday, days before global health experts meet to refine plans to control the virus that has killed more than 60 people in Asia and spread to Europe.

By Alistair Lyon LONDON (Reuters) - Syria will let U.N. investigators trying to identify the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri question Syrian officials in Damascus on their own, the Syrian ambassador to London said on Friday.

By Paul Majendie LONDON (Reuters) - Traditionalist British Anglicans have defied church leaders in an escalating row over gay clergy by importing a conservative African bishop to ordain three deacons.

KARACHI (Reuters) - A passenger ferry believed to have been overloaded sank in southern Pakistan on Friday drowning at least 60 people, including children, government officials said. The accident came nearly four weeks after an earthquake killed more than 73,000 people in the country's north.

By Patricia Reaney LONDON (Reuters) - Britain will stage a surprise exercise involving 28 European countries to test their ability to cope with a human influenza pandemic, the project's director said on Friday.

KARACHI (Reuters) - At least 15 people drowned and 20 were missing after a passenger ferry sank in southern Pakistan on Friday, a navy spokesman said.

By Tsegaye Tadesse and David Mageria ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) - Political unrest erupted beyond Ethiopia's capital on Friday, reportedly claiming four lives in a northern town, amid mounting international concern for the African giant's stability.

By Alistair Lyon LONDON (Reuters) - Syria will let U.N. investigators trying to identify the killers of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri question Syrian officials in Damascus on their own, the Syrian ambassador to London said on Friday.

Word of the Day
caparison
  • A cloth or covering, more or less ornamented, laid over the saddle or furniture of a horse, especially of a sumpter-horse or horse of state.
  • Clothing, especially sumptuous clothing; equipment; outfit.
  • To cover with a caparison, as a horse.
  • To dress sumptuously; adorn with rich dress.
This word ultimately comes from the Medieval Latin 'cappa,' cloak.
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