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 handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.