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International News Archive - January 11, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - Former Taiwan president Lee Teng-hui wants to travel to Japan in May, a newspaper reported on Wednesday, and Chief Cabinet Secretary Shinzo Abe said the government would decide appropriately on whether to admit him.

SEOUL (Reuters) - A key U.S. envoy starts a flurry of talks in Tokyo, Seoul and Beijing on Wednesday to shore up crumbling negotiations on ending North Korea's nuclear weapons programmes, South Korea's foreign minister said.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Troops found a boobytrapped claymore fragmentation mine in Sri Lanka's far north and suspected rebels lobbed grenades at army bunkers, the military said on Wednesday, amid mounting fears of a return to civil war.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Six Australians were killed and 25 injured when a tourist bus overturned 46 kilometres outside of Cairo, Egyptian security sources said on Wednesday. The sources said the bus was carrying about 35 people, including members of the Australian police force and their families.

Japan's plans to fingerprint foreigners at immigration checkpoints, aimed to prevent terrorism, risk breaching human rights and invading individuals' privacy, a lawyers' group said on Wednesday.

ASTANA (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Viktor Yushchenko said on Wednesday the decision by parliament the previous day to sack his government was wrong and destabilised the country.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - More than half of Filipinos favor political reform through revisions to the constitution that would see President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo leave office before the end of her term in June 2010, a survey showed on Wednesday.

More than two million Muslim pilgrims pelted stones at symbols of the devil in the second day of a sacred ritual on Wednesday amid tight security to avert stampedes during the haj pilgrimage.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen defended his use of criminal defamation lawsuits against government critics on Wednesday, saying he was merely responding to being called a dictator unjustly.

LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair's government said on Wednesday it would allow its Labour lawmakers to have a free vote in parliament on a whether to ban all smoking in pubs and clubs in England.

Word of the Day
cacodemon
  • An evil spirit; a devil.
  • A nightmare.
  • In astrology, the twelfth house of a scheme or figure of the heavens: so called from its signifying dreadful things, such as secret enemies, great losses, imprisonment, etc.
'Cacodemon' comes from a Greek term meaning 'evil genius.'
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