International News Archive - August 30, 2005

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese police arrested three former top pro-Syrian security officials on Tuesday, a security source said, in a move believed to be linked to investigations into the killing of an ex-prime minister.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has re-appointed Gholamreza Aghazadeh as head of the country's nuclear program, state media reported on Tuesday.

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China marks the 60th anniversary of Japan's defeat in World War Two with receptions, speeches and commemorations this week, but said on Tuesday it was not trying to whip up anti-Japanese sentiment.

SYDNEY (Reuters) - Police ringed Sydney's harbourside Opera House on Tuesday and closed off access to the public to stop anti-globalization activists from disrupting a conference of world business leaders.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesia failed to issue an amnesty for some 2,000 jailed members of the Free Aceh Movement (GAM) on Tuesday, despite a pledge to do so.

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanese police detained three former top pro-Syrian security officials on Tuesday for questioning by U.N. investigators probing the killing of ex-Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

By Nidal al-Mughrabi GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian militants renewed their pledge on Tuesday to respect a truce to the end of the year at meetings with an Egyptian envoy helping prepare for Israel's withdrawal from the occupied Gaza Strip.

By Jon Boyle PARIS (Reuters) - Seven immigrants, including four children, died in a fire in a rundown building in central Paris, three days after 17 people died in a blaze in a crowded apartment block used by African immigrants.

By Stuart Grudgings MANILA (Reuters) - Allies of Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo crushed a bid to impeach her over allegations of electoral fraud and graft on Tuesday, hoping to draw a line under a months-old crisis that nearly unseated her.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Australia and New Zealand are lobbying the United Nations Security Council to indict Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his government in the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity.

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'.