International News Archive - September 29, 2005

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - South and North Korea will open their first joint-business office next month in the North to promote fledgling trade across the heavily militarized border, a senior official in Seoul said on Thursday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - An investigation by China's state auditors released on Thursday has found rampant financial irregularities throughout government and said corruption in public administration is widespread.

By Zeeshan Haider ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The foreign ministers of Pakistan and India will meet next week to try to smooth over a rough patch in a slow-moving peace process, but they are not expected to initiate any breakthrough, analysts said.

By Wafa Amr BEITUNIA, West Bank (Reuters) - Thousands of Palestinians voted on Thursday in local elections seen as a test of the political clout of Hamas Islamic militants ahead of a January parliamentary poll.

By Dean Yates JAKARTA (Reuters) - Thousands of Indonesians held noisy protests across the country on Thursday, some throwing rocks and burning tires while demanding President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono drop a plan to raise fuel prices sharply.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A lawsuit claiming compensation from Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi for distress caused by his visits to a war shrine was dismissed by a Tokyo court on Thursday.

By Jonathan Saul TEL AVIV (Reuters) - Prime Minister Ariel Sharon on Thursday rejected suggestions from aides that Israel could quit more of the occupied West Bank and unilaterally set a border with the Palestinians after its Gaza pullout.

By M.C. Govardhana Rangan and Surojit Gupta MUMBAI/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Flights were canceled and state-run banks shut across India on Thursday as hundreds of thousands of people stayed away from work to protest against economic reforms.

By Mary Milliken PORT HOWARD, Falkland Islands (Reuters) - First-time passengers think it must be a mistake as the 10-seater plane banks toward an undulating grass field maintained by munching sheep and littered by goose droppings.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German conservative leader Angela Merkel said on Thursday she believed her Christian Democrats were much more likely to forge a coalition with the Social Democrats than they were with other parties.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.