International News Archive - June 28, 2005

SAIPAN (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, on apilgrimage to the U.S. territory of Saipan -- site of adecisive World War II battle -- abruptly changed his scheduleon Tuesday to visit a memorial to Koreans who died in thePacific conflict.

By Carol Giacomo, Diplomatic Correspondent WASHINGTON (Reuters) - India's defense minister appealed onMonday for a quick end to restrictions on nuclear andtechnology cooperation with the United States, saying theylimit India's ability to become a stabilizing force in Asia.

RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil (Reuters) - A Brazilian navalhelicopter crashed and burst into flames in a universitycourtyard in downtown Rio de Janeiro on Monday, killing the twopilots, firefighters said.

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - Japanese Emperor Akihito, on apilgrimage to the U.S. territory of Saipan where a decisiveWorld War II battle was fought, abruptly changed his officialschedule on Tuesday to visit a memorial to Koreans who died inthe war.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine President Gloria MacapagalArroyo's admission it was her voice on a controversialrecording drew a mixed reaction on Tuesday, with analystssaying it may not give her much respite from oppositionattacks.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Mexico's Zapatista rebels emergedfrom a week of internal meetings on Monday and said they wouldlaunch "a new political initiative" to be outlined in comingdays.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Communications experts from South andNorth Korea will meet on Wednesday to begin work on linking theworld's most wired country with one of the least so thatfamilies torn apart by war can reunite on video.

By Lucia Mutikani JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Margaret Magondo negotiates thebusy streets of central Johannesburg with a drum of smolderingcoals delicately balanced on a plank on her head as she makesher way to her trading spot.

By Linda Sieg SAIPAN (Reuters) - In a gesture of reconciliation, JapaneseEmperor Akihito made a surprise visit on Tuesday to a Koreanwar dead memorial during a pilgrimage to the island of Saipanwhere a decisive World War II battle was fought.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Australian anti-terror officials haveraided homes in major cities for the second time in a week,officials said on Tuesday, but refused to comment on reportsthe raids involved Islamic extremists and plots to attacklandmarks.

Word of the Day
  • an ornament or knob in the shape of a flower
  • In architecture, a floral ornament; specifically, the large conventional flower usually placed in the center of the abacus of a Corinthian capital or classic ceiling-caisson; also, the floreated termination of a Gothic finial.
[ "The word 'fleuron' comes from French."]