International News Archive - January 20, 2006

By Simon Denyer and Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Soldiers and armed police imposed a strict curfew in Kathmandu on Friday and put leading politicians under house arrest to thwart a planned protest against the king, who seized power last year.

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's coldest winter in a generation killed another seven people overnight on Friday as forecasters said the Arctic spell that has brought temperatures of down to minus 30 Celsius in Moscow would continue.

By Ben Blanchard BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese authorities arrested more than 18,000 people for national security reasons in the mainly Muslim western region of Xinjiang last year, a newspaper said on Friday, which a dissident described as a rise of a quarter.

By Andras Gergely HEJCE, Hungary (Reuters) - A Slovak military plane crashed into a mountain in eastern Hungary on Thursday night, killing 42 people, mostly peacekeepers returning from the NATO mission in Kosovo.

BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - The regional governor in the southern Iraqi city of Basra said on Friday Iran had freed eight Iraqi coastguards seized by Iran in an incident on their waterway frontier.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Two Iraqi civilians were killed on Friday when a roadside bomb targeting a U.S. patrol exploded in Baghdad as security forces were on high alert with final results of December's election due later in the day.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - A majority of Israelis favor a further unilateral pullout from occupied West Bank land following last year's withdrawal from the Gaza Strip, an Israeli newspaper poll showed on Friday.

By Abdel Razak Hameed BASRA, Iraq (Reuters) - The regional governor in the southern Iraqi city of Basra said on Friday Iran had freed eight Iraqi coastguards seized in a clash on their waterway frontier.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Four Indonesians arrested last week have been named suspects under anti-terrorism laws in October's restaurant bombings on Bali island and for hiding a key militant, police said on Friday. "These four people are believed to have been involved in the 2005 Bali bombings.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - A former Serb commander, now an Australian citizen, charged with war crimes committed during Croatia's 1991-95 war of independence has been arrested in Australia, Attorney-General Philip Ruddock said on Friday.

Word of the Day
  • In music, a work for a keyboard-instrument, like the pianoforte or organ, originally intended to utilize and display varieties of touch: but the term has been extended so as to include many irregular works, similar to the prelude, the fantasia, and the improvisation.
This word is Italian in origin, coming from the feminine past participle of 'toccare,' to touch.