International News Archive - November 07, 2005

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - The World Health Organization confirmed on Monday it would help probe a possible human case of bird flu in China, where 6 million birds were culled in an area hit by the country's fourth outbreak of the virus in a month.

By Christian Lowe BAKU (Reuters) - President Ilham Aliyev's supporters had an unassailable lead in Azerbaijan's parliamentary election on Monday, with Western observers also set to give a verdict on the vote which, if damning, could fuel opposition protests.

By Fiona Ortiz and Robin Emmott SANTIAGO/LIMA (Reuters) - Peru's disgraced ex-President Alberto Fujimori, wanted there on human rights abuse and corruption charges, was arrested during a surprise visit to Chile, Peru's foreign minister said late on Sunday.

By Franck Prevel GRIGNY, France (Reuters) - Over 30 police were hurt and more than 800 vehicles burned overnight across France as unrest spread and intensified in the 11th night of violence in poor suburbs that President Jacques Chirac has vowed to defeat.

HANOI (Reuters) - The practice of using chicken excrement to feed fish in southern Vietnam is threatening millions of people with bird flu in Ho Chi Minh City and should be stopped, state media said on Monday.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai police have arrested a New Zealander, two Hong Kong citizens and a Thai for trafficking around 88 pounds of heroin, a crime which carries a possible death penalty.

KABUL (Reuters) - A would-be suicide bomber was wounded when he detonated a car bomb outside the office of the governor of the southern Afghan province of Helmand on Monday, the Interior Ministry said.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is studying a call by Iran to resume negotiations over the country's nuclear programme, EU foreign policy chief Javier Solana said on Monday.

By Christian Lowe BAKU (Reuters) - Western observers were to give their verdict on Monday on a parliamentary vote in oil producing Azerbaijan that handed supporters of President Ilham Aliyev a huge win and which the opposition said it would protest.

By Marie-Louise Moller BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union is studying a call by Iran to resume negotiations over the country's nuclear program but still insists it must suspend uranium processing, British Foreign Secretary Jack Straw said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).