International News Archive - January 31, 2006

MANILA (Reuters) - Fresh fighting broke out between the Philippine military and the main Islamic separatist group on southern Mindanao island, rebel and military officials said on Tuesday, as the two sides prepared for peace talks set to be held next week.

RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - The death toll in a rebel attack on tribal people and retaliatory police firing in eastern India has risen to 11, with four civilians dying in hospital, a senior minister said on Tuesday.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea is hoping military talks later this week with the North will lay the foundation for more confidence-building measures between the two armies on the Cold War's last frontier, officials said on Tuesday.

Row upon row of young, black-clad jobseekers took to their feet simultaneously, then silently bent forward to an angle of precisely 30 degrees.

By Peter Apps COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels said on Tuesday that the kidnapping of five Tamil aid workers in the island's east could affect next month's peace talks in Switzerland and added the government might be to blame.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel expects to freeze monthly tax payments to the cash-strapped Palestinian Authority during a review that follows the shock election victory of Hamas Islamists, a government spokesman said on Tuesday.

JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian police are investigating possible links between a purported new militant network with al Qaeda, with initial indications showing it was set up by two key Malaysian radicals, police said on Tuesday.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's courts cannot drop criminal defamation suits against four human rights activists, Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Tuesday, even though he has personally dropped his complaints.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Fourteen people from Hong Kong were killed and 30 injured on Tuesday when a tourist bus overturned on a bend in the Safaga-Hurghada road on Egypt's Red Sea coast, a security source said.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan's ruling coalition will elect President Pervez Musharraf for another five-year term and allow him to stay in uniform if it wins the next general election, newspapers quoted a key ally of the general as saying. Musharraf's term as president expires in 2007.

Word of the Day
  • The parings of haberdine; also, any kind of fragments.
The word 'gubbings' is a variant of the word 'gobbon', meaning 'a portion, gobbet.'