International News Archive - August 11, 2005

By Elaine Lies TOKYO (Reuters) - Grim-faced foreign agents, armed with a stolen chemical weapon, take over a Japanese warship and power toward Tokyo, bent on destroying the metropolis.

TAIPEI (Reuters) - After holding months of live-fire war games to highlight a perceived growing military threat from giant neighbor China, Taiwan's military gave its people a taste of virtual war on Thursday.

By Allyn Fisher-Ilan GUSH KATIF, Gaza Strip (Reuters) - Left wing Israelis and Jewish settlers struggled to find some common ground during a heated debate on a sand dune in the Gaza Strip ahead of Israel's planned pullout from the occupied territory.

NAJAF, Iraq (Reuters) - The head of an Iranian- trained Shi'ite militia associated with one of the main parties in the Iraqi government said on Thursday Shi'ites should have their own federal state in the south of Iraq. "Federalism has to be in all of Iraq.

By Khaled Farhan NAJAF (Reuters) - An Iraqi Shi'ite leader said on Thursday Shi'ites should have their own federal region taking in all of the Shi'ite areas in oil-rich southern Iraq.

BALI, Indonesia (Reuters) - Indonesia and East Timor said on Thursday a truth commission they have set up to probe bloodshed surrounding East Timor's independence vote was one way to bring closure to a dark chapter in their relations.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine security forces said on Thursday they were questioning four suspects over two bombings in the southern port city of Zamboanga that wounded 30 people.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, under fire from political rivals over the disintegration of medical welfare, has pledged to expand a pilot program that provides subsidized care to rural residents, sources and state media said.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Southern Sudanese leader Salva Kiir was sworn in as first vice president of Sudan on Thursday, following the sudden death of his predecessor John Garang in a helicopter crash last week.

By Achmad Sukarsono and Jerry Norton JAKARTA (Reuters) - If rhetoric could douse fires, the haze that haunts Southeast Asia, endangering health, travel and tourism, would have disappeared in the late 1990s.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]