International News Archive - January 01, 2006

By Robert Birdsel GANTAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Villagers in the remote Allai Valley in the high mountains of northern Pakistan are used to hard winters and this year they need to be. Most of their homes were destroyed in the October 8 earthquake.

By Robert Birsel MUZAFFARABAD, Pakistan (Reuters) - Snow and rain across northern Pakistan grounded relief flights on Sunday, giving earthquake survivors and rescuers their first big test of the winter.

By Emmanuel Jarry PARIS (Reuters) - French police said on Sunday they were relieved that expected violence failed to materialize on New Year's Eve, just weeks after the worst rioting in France in nearly 40 years.

LONDON (Reuters) - New Year revelers ignored a threatened strike on London's underground rail network and thronged the capital's streets to celebrate the arrival of 2006.

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. forces in Afghanistan have arrested the Kabul correspondent of the Arab television station Al Jazeera along with his driver and cameraman, the station said on Sunday. Al Jazeera, based in Qatar, quoted U.S.

By David Mageria NAIROBI (Reuters) - East African leaders said on Sunday that millions of people in the region faced hunger because poor rains had affected vital crops and pasture, giving their New Year messages a somber tone.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria's ruling Baath Party has expelled former Vice President Abdel-Halim Khaddam, the official news agency SANA said on Sunday, two days after he publicly broke with President Bashar al-Assad.

SANAA (Reuters) - Yemeni tribesmen kidnapped five Italian tourists on Sunday to press for the release of fellow tribe members held by the authorities, a Yemeni official said. "Tribesmen stopped the vehicle the tourists were traveling in and abducted them," the security official told Reuters.

DUBAI (Reuters) - U.S. and Afghan forces released the Kabul correspondent of the Arab television station Al Jazeera, his driver and a cameraman on Sunday hours after holding and questioning them, the station said.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran said on Sunday it had developed machinery to separate uranium from its ore, part of the Islamic state's ongoing drive to become self-sufficient in nuclear technology.

Word of the Day
  • The horn of a unicorn considered as a medical or pharmacological ingredient.
  • A winged horse with a single horn on its head; a winged unicorn.
The word 'alicorn' comes from Italian alicorno, already associated with unicorns and reinterpreted, popularized by Bearing an Hourglass (1984) and other fantasy novels by Piers Anthony.