International News Archive - December 09, 2005

By Joseph Guyler Delva PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Reuters) - Haiti's Supreme court ruled on Thursday that a Haitian-born U.S millionaire can run for president, confirming a previous order ignored by Haitian interim authorities, lawyers said.

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States expressed strong concern on Thursday over violence and harassment by authorities during elections in ally Egypt, but hailed the vote for broadening opposition representation in parliament.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh arrested 30 suspected members of outlawed Islamist groups, an official said on Friday, a day after a suicide bomb attack killed at least eight people in the latest of a series of blasts.

By Panarat Thepgumpanat and Kanokwan Boonngok BANGKOK (Reuters) - Bird flu has killed a 5-year-old Thai boy, Asia's 70th victim of the deadly virus, top health officials said on Friday. "The boy was infected with the H5N1 virus," Deputy Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakula told Reuters.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Genocide trials of Khmer Rouge leaders responsible for an estimated 1.7 million deaths moved a big step closer on Friday as Cambodia and the United Nations said they will set up offices next month to prepare them.

By David Mageria and Katie Nguyen NAIROBI (Reuters) - Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki's plan to revive his administration was in disarray on Friday as calls for negotiations were sounded and the cabinet swearing-in was to proceed without two ministers who rejected their jobs.

HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam's bird flu outbreaks threaten to drop farmers back into the poverty they escaped only recently and the government needs to find ways to help them, a United Nation official said on Friday.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine troops, on rubber boats and amphibious trucks, were rushing to six flooded areas south of Manila to evacuate nearly 120,000 people and supply food, medicine and blankets, disaster officials said on Friday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's armed forces do not expect the island's shaky peace process to collapse into war but were ready for battle and could defeat Tamil Tiger rebels if the need arose, the country's defense chiefs said on Friday.

MADRID (Reuters) - Spanish police have arrested six men and a woman on the south coast of the Costa del Sol suspected of helping fund Islamic militants, state radio reported on Friday. Neither the Interior Ministry nor local government were available for comment. Police declined to comment.

Word of the Day
  • A person in a secondary role, specifically the second most important character (after the protagonist).
The word 'deuteragonist' comes from a Greek word meaning 'an actor of second-class parts'.