International News Archive - August 19, 2005

By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan will hold a presidential vote in December, officials said on Friday, in a poll likely to be won by President Nursultan Nazarbayev but which could spark protests if declared flawed.

By Masayuki Kitano TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi tapped a maverick Internet CEO as a de facto candidate on Friday, the latest celebrity to run against party rebels in an election being cast as a referendum on reform.

By Raushan Nurshayeva ASTANA (Reuters) - Kazakhstan called a presidential vote in December, a poll likely to be won by President Nursultan Nazarbayev but which the opposition said on Friday could spark protests if it was declared flawed.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Friday urged candidates in next month's parliamentary and provincial polls to work for national unity and promised that his government would not interfere in the vote.

By Mike Peacock LONDON (Reuters) - Britain's former Northern Ireland Secretary Mo Mowlam, a colorful politician who played a pivotal role in the province's peace process, died in a hospice south of London on Friday. She was 55.

ATHENS (Reuters) - Searchers have found the cockpit voice recorder of a crashed Cypriot airliner in which 121 people died, Greece's state-run television reported.

By Per Bech Thomsen COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - A Danish maker of industrial pumps, Grundfos, on Friday admitted paying kickbacks to authorities in Saddam Hussein's Iraq under the U.N. oil-for-food program.

ATHENS (Reuters) - The first toxicological tests on victims of a Cyprus airliner crash showed no dangerous levels of carbon monoxide in their blood, the investigation's chief coroner said on Friday.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's national security adviser warned on Friday the country would gradually descend into civil war if federalism was not firmly entrenched in its constitution.

By Tom Heneghan COLOGNE, Germany (Reuters) - A German Jewish leader touched a sore spot in relations with Catholics on Friday when he urged Pope Benedict to open up all the Vatican's archives dealing with World War Two and the Holocaust.

Word of the Day
  • Emitting flashes of light; glittering.
The word 'coruscant' comes from a Latin word meaning 'to flash' or 'to sparkle'.