International News Archive - January 26, 2006
JAKARTA (Reuters) - A loud explosion rocked a pharmacy school laboratory in the Indonesian capital Jakarta on Thursday but police said the blast was an accident and no one was killed.
MANILA (Reuters) - Fighting broke out between rival factions of the largest Muslim separatist group on Mindanao island in the southern Philippines on Thursday, highlighting what analysts have said could be a split in the rebels.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nigeria is trying to win the release of foreign hostages in its oil-producing delta region and combat a separate problem of "criminality" there, President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday. "There are two situations, if you like.
DAVOS, Switzerland (Reuters) - Nigeria's President Olusegun Obasanjo said on Thursday that contacts with the kidnappers of four foreign oil workers were making progress, and played down the impact of the crisis on oil investment.
By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepali police shot and wounded a protester on Thursday during a nationwide strike against municipal elections and King Gyanendra's refusal to restore multi-party democracy, doctors and witnesses said.
SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean fencing authorities have reduced the suspension imposed on one of the country's top fencers who was dropped from the team for two years for undergoing plastic surgery.
BISHKEK (Reuters) - Kyrgyzstan's prime minister sought to secure control over the Central Asian state's police force, saying law enforcement agencies had been infiltrated by criminals and there was a plot to kill him.
DHAKA (Reuters) - Mainly Muslim Bangladesh, struck by a wave of bomb blasts blamed on Islamist militants, asked the United States on Thursday to help it fight terrorism.
SEOUL (Reuters) - The United States is ready to move as fast as the South Korean government sees possible in order to allow Seoul to take command of its troops from the U.S. military in the event of war, a senior U.S. general said on Thursday.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - An Indonesian chicken seller whom local tests showed had been infected with the H5N1 bird flu virus has died, a hospital official said on Thursday.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.