International News Archive - February 19, 2006

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan is considering extending loans to the United States to cover the cost of relocating U.S. troops out of the country, in an effort to break the deadlock in talks with Washington, a newspaper said on Sunday. The two countries are seeking to finalize plans to reorganise U.S.

By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine army tightened security on Sunday after finding a bomb in its top military academy, one of the alleged targets in a plot to overthrow and possibly kill the president, military sources said.

By Terry Friel TILA, Nepal (Reuters) - The boy dancers in their green sashes and clanking bells twirl in the dust in a frenzied performance in the Himalayan foothills of Nepal.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan successfully test-fired a short-range nuclear-capable ballistic missile on Sunday, a military statement said.

GAZA (Reuters) - An Israeli air strike killed two Palestinians near the Gaza Strip boundary on Sunday, witnesses and medics said. Military sources said an aircraft fired at Palestinians suspected of planting bombs south of Kissufim border crossing.

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - During his first five years as Thai prime minister, Thaksin Shinawatra and his pro-business, modernising government enjoyed a smooth ride through everything from bird flu to the tsunami to resurgent Muslim separatism.

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Shi'ite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr has said he rejects the Iraqi constitution backed by his partners in the biggest parliamentary bloc, threatening a new crisis over one of the country's most explosive issues.

MADRID (Reuters) - Peace in Spain's Basque country could take years to achieve, Spanish Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero said on Sunday in a newspaper interview.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Nepal's King Gyanendra made his first formal approach to the country's estranged political parties on Sunday, urging them to join talks and try to put democracy back on track.

By Matthew Robinson PRISTINA, Serbia and Montenegro (Reuters) - Albin Kurti is an unlikely threat to national security. The boyish face, black-rimmed glasses and knee-length overcoat ring more of a mature Harry Potter than the terrorist Serbia labeled him in the late 1990s.

Word of the Day
  • A murmuring sound; a rushing or whistling sound, like that of the wind; a deep sigh.
  • A gentle breeze; a waft; a breath.
  • Any rumor that engages general attention.
  • A cant or whining mode of speaking, especially in preaching or praying; the chant or recitative characteristic of the old Presbyterians in Scotland.
  • To make a rushing, whistling, or sighing sound; emit a hollow murmur; murmur or sigh like the wind.
  • To breathe in or as in sleep.
  • To utter in a whining or monotonous tone.
According to the OED, from the 16th century, this word is 'almost exclusively Scots and northern dialect until adopted in general literary use in the 19th.'