International News Archive - August 15, 2005

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia reported an outbreak of bird flu in the Urals region of Chelyabinsk on Monday, the sixth region in the country to have been struck by the virus since mid-July, Interfax news agency said on Monday.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - A grenade exploded near a stadium in Indian Kashmir's main city of Srinagar on Monday before the start of a ceremony to mark India's independence anniversary, but police said there was nobody dead or wounded.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - The Aceh peace deal to be signed in Helsinki on Monday will severely restrict Indonesian troops moving around the province in large numbers without telling truce monitors in advance, according to a copy of the pact.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A bird flu outbreak in Russia appeared to be spreading westward on Monday after officials confirmed the virus had broken out in a sixth region since the epidemic struck the country in mid-July.

By Rex Merrifield HELSINKI (Reuters) - The Indonesian government and rebels from Aceh will formalize efforts to end nearly three decades of fighting on Monday with a truce intended to bring peace to the province devastated by last December's tsunami.

CAIRO (Reuters) - A small bus in an airport which is used by the multinational observation force in Sinai exploded on Monday and initial reports indicated there were dead and injured, an Egyptian security source said.

CAIRO (Reuters) - The Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) in Egypt said on Monday an MFO vehicle was damaged on Egyptian territory with no injuries and denied a report that a small bus had exploded on its facilities.

By Terry Friel NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Protected by anti-aircraft guns, snipers and bullet-proof glass, India's prime minister marked Monday's anniversary of independence promising to fight poverty and boost growth in the world's largest democracy.

By C. Bryson Hull NAIROBI (Reuters) - Eleven mainly east African nations opened a U.S. military-funded disaster management center on Monday to boost their ability to respond to the natural and man-made calamities that often strike the region.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's Interior Ministry said a small blast occurred on the side of a road in Sinai on Monday as a vehicle belonging to the Multinational Force and Observers (MFO) passed by, but no one was killed.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.