International News Archive - December 19, 2005
By Fiona Ortiz LA PAZ, Bolivia (Reuters) - Evo Morales, who challenges U.S. anti-drug policies, is set to become Bolivia's first Indian president and join Latin America's shift to leftist leadership after winning an unexpectedly large majority in Sunday's elections.
By Heba Kandil and Andrew Hammond ABU DHABI (Reuters) - U.S.-allied Gulf Arab leaders called on Monday for a nuclear weapons-free Middle East, but singled out only Israel, not Iran, despite having voiced alarm at Tehran's nuclear ambitions during their two-day meeting.
EL-GENEINA, Sudan (Reuters) - Arab militias on camels and horses attacked a village in West Darfur on Monday, killing 12 people, rebels and government officials said.
By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's Likud party voted for a new leader on Monday to rebuild the long-dominant rightist faction left shattered by the defection of Prime Minister Ariel Sharon last month.
BELFAST (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams is due to hold talks with Britain's Northern Ireland minister later on Monday following revelations that a key figure in the party was a British spy for more than 20 years.
ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio decided to resign on Monday "to restore calm" to the country and its central bank, the institution said in a statement.
ROME (Reuters) - Bank of Italy Governor Antonio Fazio resigned on Monday, succumbing to months of intense pressure after he was mired in a bank takeover scandal that has bruised Italy's international image.
By Mariam Karouny BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's ruling Shi'ite Islamists, at odds with Washington over human rights and ties to Iran, may hold on to a slim parliamentary majority despite a big turnout by minority Sunnis, partial election results showed on Monday.
By Paul Hoskins BELFAST (Reuters) - Sinn Fein leader Gerry Adams called on Britain on Monday to accept responsibility for a spying scandal which brought down Northern Ireland's fledgling government and exposed a key party member as a British agent.
By Opheera McDoom EL-GENEINA, Sudan (Reuters) - Chadian army deserters who launched a failed offensive on a border town have retreated into Sudan's remote west, Sudanese rebels said on Monday.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.