International News Archive - December 29, 2005

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops beefed up security in Sri Lanka's restive east on Thursday ahead of the funeral of a pro-rebel MP gunned down at Christmas mass, as escalating attacks stoked fears of a return to civil war.

LHOKSEUMAWE, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia's military pulled the last of its troop reinforcements from Aceh province on Thursday, fulfilling one of the major conditions of a landmark peace agreement with separatist rebels.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Seven people were killed and at least 12 suffered burns when fire broke out early on Thursday at a hospital near Moscow that treats people for nervous disorders, officials said. A spokesman for Russia's emergencies ministry said the fire started at about 4 a.m.

By Rajat Bhattacharya SINGAPORE (Reuters) - For the first time in more than three decades Japan's economy, the world's second largest, is set to be surpassed in size by the rest of Asia.

By Peter Apps BATTICALOA, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - As the white-clad body of a slain pro-rebel politician lay in a hall in eastern Sri Lanka on Thursday and troops patrolled outside, some mourners said they feared more violence -- and a return to war.

By Muin Shadid TULKARM, West Bank (Reuters) - A suspected Palestinian suicide bomber blew up near an Israeli army checkpoint in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, killing at least one Israeli, witnesses and rescuers said.

SANAA (Reuters) - Landslides in Yemen have destroyed a small village near the capital Sanaa, killing at least 30 people including women and children with dozens more missing, officials said on Thursday.

MAKHACHKALA, Russia (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blew himself up in southern Russia on Thursday, but there were no other casualties, witnesses said.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A suicide bomber killed three Palestinians as well as one Israeli in an attack in the occupied West Bank on Thursday, Israel Radio said. But Palestinian security forces said they were unaware of any Palestinian dead other than the bomber.

By Lee Jin-joo SEOUL (Reuters) - South Koreans went from sorrow and shock to anger and outrage as a scientist they once hailed as a national hero was dealt another devastating blow on Thursday by a panel that said there was no data to back his landmark study.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.