International News Archive - December 24, 2005

By Lada Yevgrashina BAKU (Reuters) - Eight foreigners were among 23 people who died in a plane crash in Azerbaijan, officials said on Saturday.

HONG KONG (Reuters) - China has reshuffled the leadership of four major provinces and two ministries as President Hu Jintao consolidates power and strengthens Beijing's control over local authorities, a Hong Kong newspaper reported on Saturday.

By Tsvetelia Ilieva SOFIA (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court could rule by the end of the year on the fate of five Bulgarian nurses sentenced to death for deliberately infecting children with the HIV virus, a Bulgarian Foreign Ministry official said.

By Mohammed Assadi BETHLEHEM, West Bank (Reuters) - Hopes of a rush of pilgrims lifted the mood a little in Bethlehem on Saturday as the town where Christians believe Jesus was born prepared to mark its first Christmas walled from Jerusalem.

CAIRO (Reuters) - The leader of Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood on Saturday said that when he called the Holocaust a myth this week, he did not mean to say it never happened.

MADRID (Reuters) - A Spanish judge has jailed six people on suspicion of recruiting Islamic radicals to send as suicide bombers or insurgents to Iraq, Chechnya or Kashmir, a court official said on Saturday. The six were among 16 people arrested on Monday in raids around Spain.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - A mass grave of dodos, the famous flightless bird whose name became synonymous with stupidity, has been uncovered in Mauritius, scientists said.

DUBAI (Reuters) - Al Qaeda's deputy leader Ayman al-Zawahri praised the Taliban, saying the Islamic movement still controlled large parts of Afghanistan, according to an audio tape aired by Al Arabiya television on Saturday.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The U.N. General Assembly late on Friday passed a budget with an unprecedented spending cap aimed at pressuring countries into approving management and other reforms within six months.

By Tsvetelia Ilieva SOFIA (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court is to hear an appeal on Sunday by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor, sentenced to death by firing squad for infecting Libyan children with HIV.

Word of the Day
  • In medieval musical notation, a sign or neume denoting a shake or trill.
The word 'quilisma' comes from a Greek word meaning 'a roll'.