International News Archive - August 13, 2005

JAMMU, India (Reuters) - Islamist militants opened fire on a Hindu family in Indian Kashmir, killing five people and wounding nine others, police said on Saturday.

By George Nishiyama TOKYO (Reuters) - In a bid to paint itself as the true party of reform, Japan's main opposition unveiled a plan on Saturday to cut down the influence of powerful bureaucrats if it took power following next month's general election.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China, which views Taiwan as a breakaway province, said on Saturday the self-ruled island's 13th successive bid to join the United Nations was doomed to failure.

BEIJING (Reuters) - A tropical storm swept ashore in southern China on Saturday bringing heavy rain a week after a typhoon tore up the east coast killing three people and causing havoc.

ROME (Reuters) - Italy, a month ahead of schedule, has started reducing its presence in Iraq by drawing down the first 130 forces in a planned 300-troop withdrawal, a Rome-based military source said on Saturday.

QALQILYA, West Bank (Reuters) - Dozens of members of Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas' Fatah faction, some of them armed, stormed into a government building in the West Bank on Saturday to demand jobs, witnesses said.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - With a deadline just 48 hours away, some Iraqi lawmakers said they were about to clinch a deal on a constitution on Saturday while others were pessimistic, highlighting deep divisions in Iraqi politics.

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Groups behind the July London bomb attack that killed 52 people and a failed attempt to strike again soon after appear to have been acting independently of an al Qaeda mastermind abroad, a newspaper reported on Saturday.

By Lin Noueihed BEIRUT (Reuters) - A United Nations investigator intends to question Syrian officials directly as part of a probe into the killing six months ago of Lebanese former prime minister Rafik al-Hariri, a U.N. official said on Saturday.

CALCUTTA, India (Reuters) - A state-run Indian arms manufacturer on Saturday rejected a complaint by Nepal that it supplied the kingdom faulty assault rifles which led to heavy losses in a gunbattle with Maoist rebels this month.

Word of the Day
  • Monstrous in size or character; huge; prodigious; monstrously perverse, savage, cruel, etc.
The word 'immane' comes from the Latin word 'immanis', 'enormous'.