International News Archive - January 22, 2006

By Simon Denyer KATHMANDU (Reuters) - As thousands of pro-democracy protesters fought running battles with police on the streets of the capital this weekend, Nepal's king sat regally unmoved hundreds of miles away in the east of the country.

By Randall Palmer GUELPH, Ontario (Reuters) - Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin accused Conservative leader Stephen Harper of being a clone of the U.S. extreme right on Saturday, but polls showed Harper on track to defeat him in Monday's election.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran has transferred no money from its foreign accounts, Foreign Ministry spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Sunday, denying reports from the central bank governor that such transfers had begun.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Sunday urged the world to provide more equipment and other support for cash-strapped African forces monitoring a tentative truce in Sudan's violent Darfur region.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry on Sunday flatly denied any currency had been transferred from Tehran's overseas accounts to protect holdings from possible economic sanctions over work on its atomic programme.

By Matthew Robinson PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Kosovo Albanians on Sunday began five days of mourning and the search for a new president to lead the disputed Serbian province into independence talks after Ibrahim Rugova died, leaving no clear successor.

By Michael Georgy BAGHDAD (Reuters) - U.S. forces hunting kidnapped American journalist Jill Carroll are raiding Iraqi homes in a race against time but, as with much of their counter-insurgency war, face the dilemma that their tactics can foster resentment.

By David Ljunggren OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada's opposition Conservatives rallied voters on Sunday to stitch up a projected victory on the eve of a federal election that was set to end 12 years of Liberal Party rule, move the country to the right and improve relations with the United States.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Seventeen Maoist guerrillas and six security personnel were killed in the deadliest gun battle in restive Nepal since the rebels ended a four-month-old truce three weeks ago, an army officer said on Sunday.

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Marijuana growers gathered in Europe's pot-smoking capital on Sunday for a trade show that is taking on the trappings of a major industry fair, complete with scantily clad models, glossy brochures and, of course, samples.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]