International News Archive - December 23, 2005

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tigers said on Friday they had killed three sailors during the most serious clash with the navy since a 2002 ceasefire, and they vowed to continue to fire in self-defence.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's most prominent scientist tendered his resignation on Friday from his post at Seoul National University after a panel found results in his landmark paper on tailored embryonic stem cells were fabricated.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan's Emperor Akihito has urged the Japanese to understand their country's history accurately, in an apparent reference to simmering disputes with China and South Korea over Japan's past militarism.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - He spent 27 years in jail for his struggle against apartheid and has campaigned tirelessly against AIDS and poverty, but at 87, Nelson Mandela's New Year's resolution is to serve his people better.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China is sending a Chinese journalist working for the New York Times to trial charged with exposing state secrets, his lawyer said on Friday.

LONDON (Reuters) - A student is due in court on Friday charged in connection with the failed bomb attacks in London on July 21, a police spokesman said.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Firefighters have put out a blaze caused by a suspected dynamite attack at two pipelines operated by Royal Dutch Shell in remote southern Nigeria and workers are fixing them, a Shell spokesman said on Friday.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Friday they killed three sailors previously believed to have been captured in a battle at sea this week, the most serious naval clash since a 2002 ceasefire.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - The bodies of 12 sailors have been recovered from a bus attacked by suspected Tamil Tiger rebels in northwestern Sri Lanka, the navy said on Friday, in the worst ever breach of a 2002 truce.

COLOMBO (Reuters) - Suspected Tamil Tiger rebels killed at least 12 Sri Lankan sailors in a land mine attack on a naval convoy in northern Sri Lanka on Friday in the worst breach of a 2002 ceasefire so far, the military said.

Word of the Day
  • The act of burning, scorching, or heating to dryness; the state or being thus heated or dried.
  • In medicine, cauterization.
The word 'adustion' comes from the Latin 'adustio', 'burning'.