International News Archive - January 30, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - Hundreds of Japanese police and security guards sought to forcibly evict a group of homeless people from their tents in two parks in the western city of Osaka on Monday, just days after an Osaka court ruled that a homeless man could register a park as his legal residence.

TORONTO (Reuters) - All 70 miners trapped in a potash mine were safe in refuge rooms but would have to remain underground as firefighters battled a blaze at the mine in the Prairie province of Saskatchewan, Canadian television said on Sunday.

By Jalil Hamid KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - King Abdullah begins on Monday the first visit by a Saudi monarch to Muslim Malaysia in 36 years, a trip whose potential could stretch past concerns over trade and oil to offer ways to reshape the Islamic world.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian police, angry at Hamas's election victory, took over the parliament building in Gaza on Monday, firing in the air, witnesses said. About 30 policemen entered the parliamentary compound, which police had briefly occupied on Saturday.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Violence has fallen dramatically in Sri Lanka since Tamil Tiger rebels and the government agreed last week to hold new talks, international truce monitors said on Monday, but rogue elements could still destroy a fragile peace.

ISLAMABAD, Jan 30 - The derailment of a packed express train in Pakistan that killed at least two people and injured more than 70 appears to have been caused by sabotage, a railways official said on Monday.

MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine police arrested a man with two sticks of dynamite, blasting caps and a timing device at a commuter railway station in eastern Manila on Monday, the capital's police chief said.

Kenya's government, already criticized over allegations of high-level corruption, faced another blow to its credibility on Monday after a report accused it of blowing state funds on expensive cars for its ministers.

By Andrew Hammond RIYADH (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia has succeeded for now in suppressing al Qaeda but extremist ideology, regional tension and autocratic rule could make Islamist violence a reality for years to come, analysts say.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian gunmen said on Monday Danes and Norwegians visiting Gaza could be attacked unless their governments apologize after newspapers printed cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed.

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.]