International News Archive - December 17, 2005

By James Regan SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police set up road blocks and searched cars heading for Sydney's beaches on Saturday to prevent a second weekend of racial violence between ethnic Lebanese youths and local surfers.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh seized a huge amount of bombs and explosives and arrested four militants in the second major success this week against radicals fighting for Islamic rule, officials said on Saturday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - A toxic slick flowing along a Chinese river has reached the border with Russia, even as Chinese plaintiffs say that local courts are dragging their feet in hearing a case against the company that caused the spill, media said.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Twenty-two South Africans were killed and 77 injured when a bus they were traveling in overturned and plunged into a river early on Saturday, public radio reported.

By Richard Waddington and Susan Fenton HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ministers made a last-ditch effort to rescue a global trade pact on Saturday, working around the clock to break deadlocks on ending farm export subsidies and boosting the exports of impoverished nations.

By Krittivas Mukherjee KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - India is deploying thousands of new troops on its frontier with Bangladesh and setting up hundreds of more border posts to check illegal migration and movement of armed militants, a top official said.

GROZNY, Russia (Reuters) - Investigators have found nuclear contamination tens of thousands of times above safe levels on the premises of a ruined factory in Russia's Chechnya, officials said on Saturday.

By Nick Tattersall DAKAR (Reuters) - China is winning African hearts and minds by offering the world's poorest continent everything from cheap flip-flops to new sports stadiums, but the West is wary of the Asian giant's methods and motives.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - China's trade and oil interests in Sudan have induced the permanent U.N. Security Council member to provide diplomatic cover for the government accused by many of war crimes against its own people, analysts say.

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - About 60 people were injured when Indian police used batons to push back hundreds of Nepal-based Bhutanese refugees who were trying to enter India and then return to Bhutan, police and witnesses said on Saturday.

Word of the Day
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.