International News Archive - December 28, 2005

By Hugh Bronstein BOGOTA, Colombia (Reuters) - Marxist rebels killed 28 Colombian soldiers on a mission to destroy coca plants on Tuesday, the worst blow against the military for years as tensions rise ahead of 2006 elections.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops searched for Tamil Tiger rebels and claymore mines in military-held areas in Sri Lanka's north and east on Wednesday as the toll from a deadly ambush that raised fears of a return to civil war rose to 12.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - A military doctor who exposed China's SARS cover-up has been barred from visiting the United States, in keeping with curbs imposed after he asked for a re-appraisal of the 1989 Tiananmen protests, sources said on Wednesday.

By Jon Herskovitz and Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The pending resignation of South Korea's pointman for the North may hurt inter-Korean relations but could ease tension in the multinational process to end North Korea's pursuit of nuclear weapons, analysts said on Wednesday.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi said on Wednesday he would strive to develop friendly ties with China in 2006, after a year in which relations with that country hit their lowest in decades.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU said a jail term given to Egyptian opposition politician and former presidential candidate Ayman Nour put into question the country's commitment to democratic reforms.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen briefly exchanged fire with police outside an election office in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday as internal fighting grew ahead of a January parliamentary election.

SAO PAULO, Brazil (Reuters) - Police said on Tuesday they reached an agreement with inmates leading a riot at a remote prison in Brazil's Amazon and were awaiting the release of nearly 200 hostages who had been visiting relatives and friends on Christmas Day.

By Richard Balmforth MOSCOW (Reuters) - The European Union launched its first Galileo navigation satellite on Wednesday, moving to challenge the United States' Global Positioning System (GPS).

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Using rings and other belongings, Sri Lankan officials tried to identify 12 soldiers killed in a mine blast, the latest attack on the military by suspected rebels that has raised fears of a return to civil war.

Word of the Day
  • A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.
The word 'dipsas' comes from a Greek word meaning 'thirst'.