International News Archive - January 24, 2006

Japan has confirmed that a 64-month-old cow that died last week in Hokkaido, northern Japan, had mad cow disease.

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Dozens of Chinese chemical plants pose safety hazards, China's environment chief said on Tuesday, just months after an explosion at one such plant poisoned a river that was a source of drinking water for millions.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - A special African Union panel will propose on Tuesday Congo Republic should become next head of the 53-nation organization instead of Sudan after critics said a Sudanese presidency would damage the AU's reputation.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Bombs exploded in a bank and government building in the southern Iranian city of Ahvaz on Tuesday, killing four people, state media said. State television put the number killed at four and police spokesman Mehdi Ahmadi said the toll was higher than two.

By Haitham Haddadin KUWAIT (Reuters) - Kuwait's ailing emir will abdicate on Tuesday just over a week after assuming power, ending a succession crisis in the major oil-producing state, ruling family sources said.

By Ljubinka Cagorovic PODGORICA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - At least 44 people were killed and over 180 injured after the brakes failed on a packed train which derailed and plunged into a ravine in mountainous Montenegro, medical officials said on Tuesday.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Bombs ripped through a bank and government building in Iran's mainly Arab southern city of Ahvaz on Tuesday, killing four people, police said.

By Opheera McDoom and Nick Tattersall KHARTOUM (Reuters) - An African summit on Tuesday picked Congo Republic to head the African Union after strong opposition to Sudan taking over the leadership because of fears its human rights record could hurt African credibility abroad.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Norwegian peace broker Erik Solheim met Sri Lanka's president on Tuesday for talks aimed at averting civil war, but officials said the government would probably not give in to rebel demands talks be held in Oslo.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Bombs ripped through a bank and government building in the southern Iranian oil city of Ahvaz on Tuesday, killing eight people in a region that has seen intermittent bombings and rioting since April.

Word of the Day
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.