International News Archive - September 18, 2005
By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Voting began in Germany's closely fought election on Sunday with millions of undecided voters holding the key to a result that will have major implications for economic reform in Europe.
By Teruaki Ueno and Jack Kim BEIJING (Reuters) - Talks aimed at dismantling North Korea's nuclear programs will drag into Monday, with delegates struggling to break an impasse between Pyongyang and Washington over the North's demand for the right to atomic energy.
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - President Pervez Musharraf denied on Saturday telling the Washington Post that many Pakistanis felt crying rape was an easy way to make money and get a Canadian visa, saying the remark was made by someone else.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen have killed a member of Iraq's parliament and wounded another, a National Assembly spokesman said on Sunday. Peshro Saeed said Faris Hussein was killed along with three bodyguards on Saturday night near the town of Dujail as he was traveling to Baghdad.
By William Maclean NAIROBI (Reuters) - A worsening political crisis threatens to plunge Somalia back into war and open a new era of humanitarian suffering, experts say.
By Terry Friel KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - There's a buzz at the Zarghona Ana school for girls on the baking edge of Afghanistan's Registan desert on Sunday.
By Tim Cocks ANTANANARIVO (Reuters) - Madagascar is victim of its own success in promoting education as thousands of pupils who enrol for primary school have had to be turned down owing to lack of capacity, according to a senior education official.
By Teruaki Ueno and Jack Kim BEIJING (Reuters) - China presented an amended draft at drawn-out, deadlocked talks on North Korea's nuclear crisis on Sunday and there was a chance at last of all sides reaching an agreement, Japan's chief delegate said.
By James Mackenzie BERLIN (Reuters) - Germans headed to the polls on Sunday to cast their votes in a closely fought election that will decide the agenda for reform of Europe's largest economy and could bring in the country's first woman chancellor.
By Krittivas Mukherjee KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Indian authorities are holding a high-level security meeting this week to combat Maoist rebels following a step-up in attacks and reports that they were linking up with guerrillas in neighbouring Nepal.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.