International News Archive - December 16, 2005

SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean scientist whose work is under intense scrutiny said on Friday he had proof his team had made patient-tailored stem cells this year but the cells had later been badly contaminated.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - A 39-year-old Indonesian man has died from the H5N1 strain of bird flu according to local tests, Health Minister Siti Fadillah Supari said on Friday.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Hundreds of police patrolled the streets of Dhaka on Friday to prevent possible attacks by Islamist militants, as Bangladesh marked the 34th anniversary of victory in the war of independence against Pakistan.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine state prosecutors said on Friday they will charge an 80-year-old retired general with inciting sedition after he was named leader of a "revolutionary government" calling on President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to quit.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's parliament was evacuated on Friday because of a bomb scare, witnesses said. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was moved to a secure government building nearby. "There are reports that there is a security threat," one member of parliament told Reuters.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A small explosion near a western Russian nuclear power station has injured three people, local media reported on Friday, but there was no radiation leak.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australians were warned on Friday to stay away from beaches in three cities this weekend with police saying they have credible evidence that racial violence was being planned.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has started the trial of a local Communist Party chief for his role in one of the bloodiest in a wave of rural riots to strike the country in recent years, state media said on Friday.

By William Schomberg and Sophie Walker HONG KONG (Reuters) - World trade talks plunged into disarray on Friday as rich nations exchanged accusations over their long-protected farm markets and struggled even to agree on a package of measures to help the world's poorest.

By Peter Apps BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - Rising violence that is stirring fears of fresh conflict in north and east Sri Lanka may force agencies to abandon rebuilding projects after last year's tsunami, aid workers fear.

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”).