International News Archive - January 02, 2006

By Mohamed Sudam ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Yemen appointed on Monday a senior army officer and seasoned hostage negotiator to lead talks with tribesmen who have kidnapped five Italian tourists, officials said.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Palestinians have smuggled anti-aircraft missiles into the Gaza Strip along with tons of other military hardware since Israel withdrew in September, an Israeli intelligence report said on Monday.

Starbucks has won a two-year legal fight in China after a Chinese coffee store chain was found guilty of violating the Starbucks copyright. A Shanghai court concluded that Xingbake had infringed the U.S.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - The Iranian government on Monday ordered the closure of a daily newspaper and banned a new women's bi-weekly from publication in the first media crackdown since President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad took office in August.

By Mariam Karouny and Gideon Long BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's oil exports hit their lowest level since the war, according to figures released on Monday, heightening a sense of crisis as fuel supplies grow scarce and political leaders struggle to form a government.

SANTIAGO, Chile (Reuters) - Ex-dictator Augusto Pinochet remained under house arrest on Monday after a Chilean appeals court approved bail in connection with some human rights charges against him but did not rule on others.

By Ralph Brock BAD REICHENHALL, Germany (Reuters) - At least five people were killed and around 20 were missing after the roof of a German ice skating rink collapsed amid heavy snowfall on Monday with many children inside, police and officials said.

By Mohamed Sudam ADEN, Yemen (Reuters) - Tribesmen who kidnapped five Italians warned the Yemeni government on Monday they would kill the captives if any attempt was made to free them by force.

ANKARA (Reuters) - Turkish state prosecutors on Monday charged nine people, including a journalist who works for Reuters news agency, with spreading propaganda on behalf of Kurdish separatists.

By Erik Kirschbaum BERLIN (Reuters) - Angela Merkel worked as a cocktail waitress in a disco while studying physics in Communist East Germany and later moved into an empty East Berlin flat as a squatter after leaving her first husband.

Word of the Day
  • Small missiles, especially grape, canister, fragments of iron, and the like, when fired, as upon an enemy at close quarters.
  • To fire mitraille at.
The word 'mitraille' comes from the Old French 'mitaille', meaning 'small coins', sometimes used to mean 'scrap iron'.