International News Archive - February 20, 2006

By John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - An explosion on the grounds of the Philippine presidential palace on Monday was probably caused by chemicals in a trash bin set off by a lit cigarette, not a bomb, the head of security told reporters.

By Simon Gardner COLOMBO (Reuters) - Sri Lankan peace envoys flew to Switzerland on Monday for crunch talks with the Tamil Tigers this week aimed at preserving a four-year truce and averting a slide back to civil war, but played down any hope of a quick fix.

By Tim Gaynor SAN JUAN DE SABINAS, Mexico (Reuters) - Rescue workers dug frantically on Monday to reach 65 miners trapped in tunnels underground after an explosion at a Mexican coal mine but there was little hope of finding them alive.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf on Monday expressed his nation's regret over the murder of three Chinese engineers in Pakistan and said his country was committed to strong relations with Beijing.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japanese Farm Minister Shoichi Nakagawa told Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi that a U.S. report on how banned parts got into a shipment of U.S. veal to Japan was "insufficient," Kyodo news agency reported on Monday. The U.S.

By Aya Takada TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan may seek more information from the United States regarding its report on how banned cattle parts got into a shipment of U.S. veal, Japan's top government spokesman said on Monday.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The former lead

By Y.P. Rajesh and Sophie Louet NEW DELHI (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac held talks with Indian leaders on Monday in a bid to boost trade ties with Asia's third largest economy and push forward plans to cooperate in the civilian nuclear energy and defense sectors.

By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - The former lead

By Nopporn Wong-Anan BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra may dissolve parliament and call a snap election if his opponents and critics increase pressure on him to resign, his spokesman said on Monday.

Word of the Day
  • To befool; deceive; balk; jilt.
  • An illusion; a trick; a cheat.
The word 'begunk' may come from a nasalised variant of Scots begeck ("to deceive, disappoint"), equivalent to be- +‎ geck.