International News Archive - January 18, 2006
JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon underwent a surgical procedure overnight to change a respiratory pipe after a technical problem was found, the hospital treating him said on Wednesday.
By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - An international conference on Afghanistan this month will unveil a five-year blueprint on security, human rights, development and narcotics, a senior U.N. official told the Security Council. Jean Arnault, the top U.N.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen killed 10 Iraqi guards and kidnapped at least one Malawian engineer in an attack on a convoy in Baghdad on Wednesday, an Interior Ministry source said.
BEIJING (Reuters) - A bird flu conference in Beijing wrapped up on Wednesday with total pledges of $1.9 billion from donor countries and organizations, including the United States, European Union and the World Bank.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iranian envoy in Baghdad said on Wednesday Iraqi vessels had encroached into Iranian waters and Tehran was investigating Iraqi accusations that Iran had kidnapped a coastguard patrol after a clash in the incident.
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Gunmen ambushed a private security team in Baghdad on Wednesday, killing 10 Iraqi guards and kidnapping a Malawian engineer working for the Iraqna mobile telephone operator, an Interior Ministry official said.
By Saeed Ali Achakzai SPIN BOLDAK, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A Taliban commander said on Tuesday hundreds of his guerrillas were ready to launch suicide attacks across Afghanistan to drive out foreign forces.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home from a visit to China, official media reported on Wednesday, confirming speculation about an eight-day trip. North Korea typically does not comment on Kim's rare trips overseas until he has returned.
SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il returned home on Wednesday from a visit to China, where he told Chinese leaders he would work with them to overcome obstacles blocking nuclear talks, the official KCNA news agency said.
STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - Sweden's security service warned in December that al Qaeda had threatened the country over over its peacekeeping troops in Afghanistan but said on Wednesday the alert was over.
- The navel or umbilicus.
- In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
- A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.