International News Archive - February 18, 2006

By Aamir Ashraf ZERO POINT, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistan and India resumed a train service across the Thar desert on Saturday, 40 years after it was suspended following the second of the three wars between the two South Asian rivals.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants said they attacked a gas pipeline in the Escravos area of Delta state feeding the Kaduna refinery in response to helicopter gunship attacks by the military earlier this week.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Nine foreign oil workers were taken hostage from an offshore barge in Nigeria on Saturday, a security source said, during a series of attacks on the oil industry in the world's eighth largest exporter.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Hundreds of Sikh schoolchildren will march in New Delhi during next week's visit of President Jacques Chirac in protest against a ban on wearing turbans in French state schools, community leaders said on Saturday.

By Tom Ashby LAGOS (Reuters) - Nigerian militants launched a string of attacks on the world's eighth largest oil exporter on Saturday, abducting nine foreign workers from an offshore barge and attacking at least two other facilities.

RAMALLAH, West Bank (Reuters) - President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday asked Hamas to form the next Palestinian government and said he expected it to respect a commitment to talks with Israel.

By Opheera McDoom KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Sudan's government on Saturday rejected U.S. accusations that genocide was ongoing in its Darfur region and said it was discussing allowing a robust U.N. force to take over from African peace monitors there. U.S.

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African President Thabo Mbeki on Saturday hailed Haiti's election outcome, which local officials have said could lead to the return of ousted former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two Iranian journalists are in jail awaiting trial, the judiciary said on Saturday, after local media reported their newspaper criticized Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, father of the 1979 Islamic revolution.

By Kate Holton LONDON (Reuters) - Thousands of Muslims protested in central London on Saturday to express their anger over the publication of cartoons of the Prophet Mohammad.

Word of the Day
  • A young chicken: also used as a pet name for children.
The word 'chickabiddy' may come from 'chick' plus 'biddy', a name used in calling a hen or chicken.