International News Archive - August 14, 2005

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan must unite to reject and defeat terrorism which poses a threat to the country's independence, Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz said on Sunday.

By Olga Dzyubenko BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's new president, the first leader in ex-Soviet Central Asia to be elected in a vote judged fair by foreign observers, took office on Sunday, pledging to stamp out corruption in the impoverished state.

By Philip Pullella VATICAN CITY (Reuters) - The crowd will be the same but the star on the stage will be different. Pope Benedict begins his first international trip on Thursday and everyone will be watching his every move.

By Jack Kim and Martin Nesirky SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Koreans on Sunday began celebrating the 60th anniversary of independence from Japanese colonial rule amid calls for unification despite an unresolved crisis over Pyongyang's nuclear plans.

By Christian Oliver and Hossein Jasseb TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad nominated an industry outsider, acting Tehran mayor Ali Saeedlou, as oil minister of the world's fourth biggest crude producer on Sunday.

By Ian MacKenzie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - China missed its chance to overturn the legacy of Communist leader Mao Zedong following his death 30 years ago and turn the country into a democratic and economic giant, his iconoclastic biographer Jung Chang said.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany's conservative opposition said on Sunday Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder's warnings against using military force to make Iran give up its nuclear program risked undermining international solidarity for electoral gain.

By Fiona Ortiz SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Augusto Pinochet is aging and decrepit and his political clout in Chile has dwindled to nil, but he still grabs global headlines as an international symbol of human rights abuse.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan prepared to mark the anniversary on Monday of its defeat in World War Two with solemn ceremony and prayer, but 60 years after the conflict's end, ties with North Asian neighbors remain plagued by the past.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga on Sunday accused Tamil Tiger rebels of assassinating her foreign minister -- whose death has rekindled fears of a return to civil war.

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'.