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International News Archive - January 17, 2006

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that time was of the essence in battling a disease that has killed almost 80 people since 2003 and has now arrived at the gates of Europe and the Middle East.

By C.C. Yao and Faith Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian said on Tuesday he had accepted the resignation of Premier Frank Hsieh in a long-expected cabinet reshuffle after the ruling party's crushing defeat in December local government elections.

By Manny Mogato CARMEN, Philippines (Reuters) - Protesters chanted anti-American slogans outside a Philippine army camp on Tuesday as 30 elite U.S. soldiers began counter-terrorism drills with local troops in the heartland of the largest Muslim rebel group.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian toddler died on Tuesday and was being tested for bird flu, several days after his 13-year-old sister died of the deadly H5N1 virus according to local tests, a senior Health Ministry official said.

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - Malaysia has deported all the 131 Thai Muslims who fled their homeland last year to escape rising violence in Thailand's troubled south, state news agency Bernama said on Tuesday.

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's prime minister has ordered four government critics facing criminal defamation charges to be released on bail "as a gift" to the United States, which had criticized the arrests, an official said on Tuesday.

By Ben Blanchard and Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Bird flu experts meeting in Beijing warned on Tuesday that there was no time to lose in battling a disease that has killed almost 80 people since 2003 and has now arrived at the gates of Europe and the Middle East.

LONDON (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has presented Lebanon and Syria with a plan to defuse tensions between the two countries over the killing of ex-Lebanese premier Rafik al-Hariri, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf will address the nation on state television at 8.00 pm (1500 GMT) on Tuesday, officials said, with a storm of protest still to die down over last week's U.S. airstrike on Pakistani territory.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian toddler died on Tuesday and is being tested for bird flu, days after his 13-year-old sister died of the H5N1 virus according to local tests, a senior Health Ministry official said.

Word of the Day
ecotone
  • A transitional zone between two communities containing the characteristic species of each.
The word 'ecotone' comes 'eco-' plus a Greek root meaning 'tension'.