International News Archive - February 15, 2006

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Russia and China have too much riding on commercial relations with Iran to help the West in curbing Tehran's nuclear ambitions, a U.S. senator said on Tuesday, calling for tough measures with Moscow and Beijing.

Three Australians were jailed for life on Wednesday for their roles in a heroin smuggling ring on Indonesia's Bali island, wrapping up a series of tough verdicts against a group of nine young Australians.

DHAKA (Reuters) - Schools were shut in Bangladesh on Wednesday and transport services paralyzed as an anti-government strike called by the opposition took hold in most parts of the country, witnesses said.

BERLIN (Reuters) - Germany said on Wednesday further tests had confirmed Tuesday's preliminary findings that two dead swans found on a Baltic Sea beach were infected with the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu.

By Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippines has warned farmers and ordered government agencies to prepare for heavy rains and flash floods from a stormy La Nina weather pattern that has already killed 16 in the country's southeastern provinces.

By Aung Hla Tun YANGON (Reuters) - An offer by Aung San Suu Kyi's opposition party to recognize military rule in Myanmar -- if the generals free her and summon a parliament whose 1990 election they ignored -- appears to be heading into a black hole.

By Isabel Reynolds TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese war veteran who helped interrogate prisoners of war building the Thai-Burma railway during World War Two is seeking to preserve the "death railway" as a reminder of the horrors of war.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's former Deputy President Jacob Zuma fathered a son with the sister of a judge who could preside over his rape trial, further clouding the politically-charged case, a newspaper reported on Wednesday.

By Diana Niedernhoefer KARLSRUHE, Germany (Reuters) - A law allowing the German air force to shoot down errant planes to prevent a suicide attack is against the constitution and must be scrapped, the country's highest court ruled on Wednesday.

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - Democratic progress in Burundi and Congo is helping stability in Africa's volatile Great Lakes region but the world must help build on early steps or risk a return to violence, the U.N. representative for the region said.

Word of the Day
  • Growing in low tufty patches.
The word 'cespitose' comes from a Latin word meaning 'turf'.