International News Archive - September 03, 2005

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China marked the 60th anniversary of Japan's World War Two defeat on Saturday with a reassurance that it was committed to peace, but warned self-ruled Taiwan -- which Beijing claims as its own -- against declaring statehood.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents have kidnapped a candidate in September 18 elections along with a senior district official and three policemen in the troubled south of Afghanistan, police said on Saturday. The Taliban, ousted by U.S.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Two U.S. congressmen told North Korea during a visit to Pyongyang that the clock was ticking to find an amicable resolution to the crisis over its nuclear ambitions.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will meet this month, their first summit since Israel removed Jewish settlers from occupied Gaza, an Israeli newspaper said on Saturday.

By Yousuf Azimy KABUL (Reuters) - Afghan forces have surrounded a village where gunmen are believed to be holding a British man and his Afghan interpreter, kidnapped after a deadly attack on their convoy, a provincial official said on Saturday.

KABUL (Reuters) - Taliban insurgents killed a kidnapped candidate in September 18 elections as well as a senior district official and three policemen on Saturday, a Taliban spokesman said.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States and North Korea will hold talks in Beijing around September 11, shortly before the resumption of six-party talks aimed at persuading Pyongyang to abandon its nuclear weapons programs, Japan's daily Mainichi Shimbun said on Saturday.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's Maoist rebels announced a three-month ceasefire from Saturday, their chief said in a statement, in a move to win support of political parties after King Gyanendra seized power in February.

By Oliver Bullough BESLAN, Russia (Reuters) - Residents of Beslan filed silently into the Russian town's shattered school on Saturday, adding flowers to an ever growing pile commemorating the 331 people who died a year ago in the bloody siege.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria is willing to receive a U.N. investigator probing the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri but no date has been set for the visit, a Syrian official source said on Saturday. The source said Syria was willing to cooperate fully with the U.N.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]