International News Archive - August 12, 2005

BEIJING (Reuters) - China has sealed off a farm in far-western Tibet and inoculated poultry within a five-km (three-mile) radius after discovering a strain of bird flu likely to be deadly to humans, state media said on Friday.

By Michael Perry SYDNEY (Reuters) - Philippine Foreign Secretary Alberto Romulo said his country was ready to prevent foreign suicide bombers carrying out attacks, after reports Indonesian bombers may be in the capital Manila and more were on the way.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Mudslides caused by torrential rains have trapped more than 1,200 tourists in a scenic spot in southwestern China, cutting off traffic and electricity and flattening houses, Xinhua news agency said on Friday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A Tokyo district adopted on Friday a history textbook that critics say whitewashes Japan's past militarism, a decision that could anger Asian neighbors.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi has a reputation for taking risks, but analysts say it's unlikely that he will visit a Tokyo shrine for war dead on Monday's anniversary of Japan's surrender in World War Two for fear of dividing voters ahead of next month's general election.

By Bazuki Muhammad and Ade Rina PORT KLANG, Malaysia/JAKARTA (Reuters) - Malaysians prayed for rain on Friday and a quick end to the country's worst pollution crisis in eight years as residents choked on acrid forest-fire smoke blowing in from neighboring Indonesia.

By Nick Tattersall NOUAKCHOTT (Reuters) - Mauritania's new prime minister said he wanted democratic elections as soon as possible after last week's coup and vowed the Islamic Republic would remain a U.S. ally in the fight against terrorism.

SHANGHAI (Reuters) - China sentenced the former chief of the Bank of China's Hong Kong arm to death on Friday on charges of corruption, but suspended the sentence by two years in an act that could spare his life.

By Andrew Hay BRASILIA, Brazil (Reuters) - Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva will address the nation on Friday morning to discuss a scandal that is roiling his government.

BESOZZO, Italy (Reuters) - The lakeside holiday of a former Nazi SS officer serving a life sentence for his part in a 1944 massacre was cut short on Friday following protests by outraged Italians and international Jewish groups.

Word of the Day
  • A woman chauffeur.
  • A woman who operates an automobile.
The word 'chaffeuse' comes from French, and is the feminine form of 'chauffeur'.