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International News Archive - December 26, 2005

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan will not normalize ties with North Korea unless a feud over Pyongyang's past abductions of Japanese nationals is resolved, the government's top spokesman said on Monday.

By Tomi Soetjipto BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Mourners across the world gathered on Monday along ravaged Indian Ocean coastlines to remember more than 231,000 people who died in last year's tsunami.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese investor, accused of organizing protests after the government confiscated lucrative private oil wells, pleaded not guilty on Monday to a charge of disturbing public order in a landmark trial marked by tight police security.

By Peter Apps PASIKUDAH, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - A year after the tsunami swept away his house, building materials for fisherman R. Alagodurai's new home have finally arrived. But he fears escalating violence could reignite Sri Lanka's two-decade civil war and he might never live there.

One by one, two by two, they moved to the edge of the beach, sat down and stared silently at the sea that killed their loved ones. Tears rolled down cheeks as memories of those killed by the tsunami on the once paradise Thai island of Phi Phi overflowed.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - A South Korean university said on Monday it expected results next week on DNA testing that should prove whether there is any truth to the claim by disgraced scientist Hwang Woo-suk that he produced tailored stem cells.

By Ben Blanchard and Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A group of Chinese Catholic priests and nuns locked in a property dispute with a city government went home over the weekend, but another group of nuns remain holed up in a historic chapel demanding that its ownership be returned to the Church.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel announced plans on Monday to expand two Jewish settlements in the occupied West Bank despite a ban on such construction in a U.S.-led plan for peace with the Palestinians.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese and Japanese officials held a rare one-on-one meeting in Beijing on Monday, but their discussions highlighted the rift between the two Asian powers.

KABUL (Reuters) - Iran is ready to discuss its nuclear program with any country, but that does not mean it is asking for permission for access to nuclear technology, Iran's foreign minister said on Monday.

Word of the Day
tessitura
  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
This word is Italian in origin and comes from the Latin 'textura,' web, structure.