International News Archive - February 14, 2006

SEOUL (Reuters) - The top U.S. envoy to Seoul on Tuesday reminded South Koreans a free trade deal would be good for both countries, a day after Seoul said it would not negotiate on rice, one of the most contentious issues in the discussions.

DENPASAR, Indonesia (Reuters) - An Indonesian court on Tuesday sentenced an Australian man to die by firing squad for trying to smuggle heroin from the resort island of Bali, the first death penalty handed down in the high-profile trial.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - A former secretary to Chairman Mao Zedong and a dozen other senior Chinese scholars and ex-officials have denounced the shutdown of an investigative weekly in a spreading battle over censorship.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistani police fired tear gas on Tuesday to disperse hundreds of students who entered Islamabad's diplomatic enclave to protest against the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad in European newspapers.

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Corruption-weary Kenyans welcomed on Tuesday the resignation of two ministers accused of graft links, and wondered who else would join a growing list of political casualties from financial scandals rocking the nation.

An emotional Australian Prime Minister John Howard said the sentencing of two Australian men to death in neighboring Indonesia on Tuesday for attempting to smuggle heroin should serve as a warning to other Australians.

TOKYO (Reuters) - A plan to upgrade Japan's Defense Agency into a full-fledged ministry needs to win public understanding before the ruling parties can push for its approval, the agency's chief said on Tuesday, in a sign that the change was likely to be delayed.

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party has offered to recognize Myanmar's military rule if the generals running the country free its leader and summon a parliament whose election in 1990 they ignored.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The rape trial of South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma was postponed on Tuesday until March 6 at the request of the defense. Judge Ezra Goldstein made the announcement to a packed courtroom as around 1,500 supporters of Zuma gathered outside.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A Thai court agreed on Tuesday to consider a petition by a group of senators to impeach Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on suspicion he held shares in private firms illegally, a court official said.

Word of the Day
  • One who brings meat to the table; hence, in some countries, the official title of the grand master or steward of the king's or a nobleman's household.
The word 'dapifer' comes from Latin roots meaning 'feast' and 'bearer'.