International News Archive - February 16, 2006

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - North Korean leader Kim Jong-il was showered with praise at home for his 64th birthday on Thursday but for the outside world the day underscored lingering questions about succession and an unresolved nuclear crisis.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thailand's Constitutional Court refused on Thursday to launch an inquiry which could have led to the dismissal of billionaire Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, a judge on the 14-member panel said.

CANBERRA (Reuters) - Anti-whaling nations will struggle to stop a resumption of commercial whaling when the International Whaling Commission votes on the issue in June, Australian Environment Minister Ian Campbell said on Thursday.

By Jack Kimball NAIROBI (Reuters) - A former Rwandan official accused of ordering the killing of hundreds of Tutsis hiding in a cathedral during the 1994 genocide should be transferred to stand trial in Norway, U.N. prosecutors have said.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen said on Thursday he would invite the opposition to join his government if the ruling party won the next general election.

By Helen Nyambura ARUSHA, Tanzania (Reuters) - Norway has agreed to put on trial a former Rwandan official accused of ordering the killing of hundreds of Tutsis hiding in a cathedral during the 1994 genocide, a U.N. court said on Thursday.

BEIJING (Reuters) - Chinese President Hu Jintao has urged Pakistan to track down the gunmen who killed three Chinese engineers in a drive-by shooting, Xinhua news agency said on Thursday.

By Aamir Ashraf KARACHI (Reuters) - Chinese workers in Pakistan were being asked on Thursday to decide whether to stay or go home after the slaying of three countrymen in a drive-by shooting a day earlier, a Chinese diplomat said.

Drought in Somalia is putting hundreds of thousands of people at risk, with some forced to drink their own urine or walk the equivalent of two marathon races to find water, a relief agency said on Thursday.

GAZA (Reuters) - Palestinian Islamic militant group Hamas has received an official invitation for talks in Russia, a leader of the faction said in the Gaza Strip on Thursday.

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'.