International News Archive - December 14, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Relatives of four deceased South Koreans who were forced laborers at a steel mill in northern Japan during World War Two failed on Wednesday to overturn a Japanese court decision refusing compensation for unpaid wages.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Defense Minister Shaul Mofaz has approved more than 290 new settlement homes in the West Bank despite Israel's obligation to freeze such construction under a U.S.-backed peace plan, a newspaper report said on Wednesday.

By Helen Nyambura DAR ES SALAAM (Reuters) - Tanzanians went to the polls on Wednesday with foreign minister Jakaya Kikwete expected to win the presidency and extend the ruling party's four-decade grip on one of Africa's most stable countries.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Residents in the Indian capital felt a mild earthquake on Wednesday, a day after New Delhi was shaken by a 6.7 magnitude quake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan.

By Doug Palmer and John Ruwitch HONG KONG (Reuters) - The United States and the European Union sparred on Wednesday over farm subsidies, food aid and measures to help the world's poorest countries, souring world trade talks that were already in trouble.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Mobile telephone text messages calling for racial violence in four Australian states circulated on Wednesday, said police, as another major overnight security operation begun in Sydney to maintain peace in beachside suburbs.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A 5.2 magnitude earthquake shook northern India on Wednesday, a day after residents of New Delhi and other areas in the north were shaken by a 6.7 quake centered in the Hindu Kush mountains in Afghanistan.

By George Nishiyama and Robin Paxton KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - East Asia's first summit of leaders ended on Wednesday with an agreement to hold annual talks on strategic issues such as trade and security -- and a rare handshake between the leaders of Japan and China.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The head of Iraq's border guards denied police reports on Wednesday that a tanker truck stuffed with thousands of forged ballot papers had been seized crossing into Iraq from Iran before Thursday's elections.

A big majority of Japanese back proposals to let women ascend the throne, but the public is divided over whether a first-born female should succeed even if she has a younger brother, surveys published on Wednesday showed.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.