International News Archive - December 25, 2005

By Mark Bendeich SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian police patrolled Sydney's beaches in buggies and on horses decorated with tinsel and reindeer antlers on Sunday, as fears of fresh racial violence dissolved into a quiet Christmas Day.

By Darren Schuettler BAN NAM KHEM, Thailand (Reuters) - Thailand's tsunami Christians celebrated their first Christmas on Sunday with folk songs, prayers and tears for loved ones killed in the disaster nearly one year ago.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon returned to work on Sunday a week after a mild stroke interrupted his battle for re-election, chairing a cabinet meeting in a show of vigor.

By Ed Cropley KOH PHI PHI, Thailand (Reuters) - For 28-year-old Canadian nurse Sandra Hodge, Christmas was spent just like every other over day the last 10 months -- sweating away under a tropical sun cleaning up debris from the Indian Ocean tsunami.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 5.2 shook northern Pakistan on Sunday but there were no immediate reports of casualties or damage, a meteorological official and police said.

By Parinoosh Arami TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran on Sunday denied receiving a proposal from Moscow to build a joint venture plant to enrich uranium in Russia but said it was happy to continue negotiations over its nuclear programme with the European Union.

TRIPOLI (Reuters) - Libya's Supreme Court ended a hearing on an appeal by five Bulgarian nurses and a Palestinian doctor early on Sunday and will announce its verdict within a few hours, the judge said. "The verdict will be issued in the next few hours," Ali Alouss said.

RIYADH (Reuters) - Crown Prince Sultan has held open the possibility that Saudi Arabia could lift its ban on women drivers -- but said Saudi men would have the final say.

By Willy Kabwe KINSHASA (Reuters) - U.N. and Congolese troops moved against Ugandan rebels in Congo's wartorn east on Sunday, in their latest move to restore government control after the huge nation voted in favor of a postwar constitution, the U.N. said.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police detained 10 suspected Islamist militants across Bangladesh on Sunday as the mainly Muslim nation enforced tight security for Christmas. Police said they also recovered two live bombs from a school compound at Pagla, near the capital Dhaka.

Word of the Day
  • A gigantic fictional humanoid alien god being described with a head resembling an octopus and dragon wings and claws, around whom an insane cult developed.
  • Pertaining to the mythos of Cthulhu and additional otherworldly beings created by H. P. Lovecraft or inspired by his writings and imitators.
This word was invented in 1926 by H.P. Lovecraft for his short story, 'The Call of Cthulhu.' 'Cthulhu' may be based on the word 'chthonic,' which in Greek mythology refers to the underworld.