International News Archive - September 04, 2005

By Edward Davies MANILA (Reuters) - Gloria Macapagal Arroyo is expected to survive an impeachment vote in the Philippine Congress on Monday, but that is unlikely to draw a line under a months-old crisis that has hurt her presidency, analysts say.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's royalist government, in remarks published on Sunday, said it was studying the declaration of a three-month unilateral truce by Maoist rebels fighting to overthrow King Gyanendra but was undecided on its response.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Hundreds of Indonesian bus drivers, vendors and factory workers staged a noisy rally in Jakarta on Sunday to protest against the government's plan to increase fuel prices.

By Jonathan Wright CAIRO (Reuters) - Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak and his ruling party have had a rough nine months since the first group of Egyptians came out on the streets shouting "Enough" to 24 years of authoritarian government.

KOLKATA, India (Reuters) - Maoists rebels set off a land mine under a security vehicle, blowing it high into the air and killing at least 23 policemen and a civilian in the central Indian state of Chhattisgarh, officials said on Sunday. Three policemen were wounded in the blast, one critically.

By Edmund Blair CAIRO (Reuters) - Campaigning drew to a close on Sunday in Egypt's first multi-candidate presidential election which most Egyptians have little doubt will give President Hosni Mubarak a fifth six-year term in office.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's eastern province of Zhejiang is bracing for more storms triggered by typhoon Nabi after another tropical storm battered the area and killed at least 56 people, state media said on Sunday.

By Nadim Ladki BEIRUT (Reuters) - Lebanon's pro-Syrian president came under mounting pressure to step down on Sunday after four generals close to him were arrested on murder charges over the killing of former Prime Minister Rafik al-Hariri.

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Suspected Taliban gunmen killed five Afghan policemen in an ambush on Sunday, the latest incident in a wave of violence ahead of September 18 elections, an official said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Dissident Iranian journalist Akbar Ganji has recovered sufficiently from his two-month-long hunger strike to return to prison, Iran's Justice Minister Jamal Karimirad said on Sunday.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).