International News Archive - September 15, 2005
KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels have freed 60 soldiers captured after a raid on an army base in August in the west of the embattled Himalayan kingdom.
By Peter Laca BRATISLAVA (Reuters) - Slovakia moved closer to an early election on Wednesday as its minority government failed to break parliamentary deadlock for a third day running, but Prime Minister Mikulas Dzurinda said his cabinet could run its term.
NEW DELHI (Reuters) - South Asian rivals India and Pakistan have agreed they would not let terrorism impede their peace process and remained committed to a peaceful resolution of all disputes, including Kashmir.
By Jerry Norton BANDA ACEH, Indonesia (Reuters) - Former rebels in Indonesia's Aceh province began handing in their weapons to foreign monitors on Thursday under a landmark peace agreement that ended one of Asia's longest running conflicts.
By Carol Giacomo UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - Leaders of the three major European powers are expected to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Thursday in what could be a last-ditch effort to avert a showdown over Tehran's nuclear activities.
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel's highest court ordered the government on Thursday to reconsider the route of part of its West Bank barrier to minimize hardships to Palestinians living in the area.
By Kamil Zaheer GORAKHPUR, India (Reuters) - India's most serious outbreak of encephalitis in three decades, which has killed 750 people and infected thousands in the past two months, could have been prevented if authorities had stuck to an immunization program, experts said.
By Paul Tait WELLINGTON (Reuters) - New Zealand's hard-fought election campaign edged toward a tight finish on Thursday but campaigning was overshadowed by a man who threatened to blow himself up if Prime Minister Helen Clark did not speak to him.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A Chinese labourer who was insulted when he tried to claim unpaid wages ran amok and killed four people, triggering anguish about the plight of millions of neglected migrant workers across the country.
By Nizam Ahmed DHAKA (Reuters) - Bangladesh's madrasas have no links with militants blamed for a spate of bombings, said the head of one of the best-known Islamic schools in the country, adding that arrests of teachers and scholars was persecution.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.