International News Archive - February 21, 2006
By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Bird flu maintained its relentless march across the globe on Tuesday with Malaysia the latest country to report an outbreak in poultry, while in India hundreds of people turned up at medical camps in bird flu-hit areas.
By Manny Mogato MANILA (Reuters) - Philippine president Gloria Macapagal Arroyo said on Tuesday that rogue military officers would not succeed in plotting against her because the majority of the army and police remained loyal.
SEOUL (Reuters) - The six countries trying to end North Korea's nuclear programs are discussing possibly resuming talks in March or April, South Korean media quoted an unidentified government official as saying on Tuesday.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Iran should suspend all uranium enrichment, China said on Tuesday, as Russian and Iranian nuclear negotiators were to hold a second day of talks to try to strike a deal to ease international concerns that Tehran wants a nuclear bomb.
By Christian Lowe MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian and Iranian nuclear negotiators began a second day of talks on Tuesday but skepticism mounted that they could strike a deal to ease international concerns that Tehran wants a nuclear bomb.
TOKYO (Reuters) - A defense lawyer for the former leader of a Japanese doomsday cult on Tuesday disputed a report by a court-appointed psychiatrist that said his client was competent to stand an appeals trial.
By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - The six countries trying to end North Korea's nuclear programs are discussing possibly resuming talks in March or April, an unnamed South Korean official said on Tuesday.
HONG KONG (Reuters) - Ninety-nine percent of people tried in China for "endangering state security" are found guilty, a prominent human rights activist said on Tuesday, calling on President Hu Jintao to release two detained journalists.
Japan's main opposition party is headed for a showdown with Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi over allegations of shady links between Koizumi's ruling party and disgraced Internet entrepreneur Takafumi Horie.
MOGADISHU (Reuters) - At least nine people were killed and 43 wounded when fighting erupted in Somalia's capital between militia loyal to Mogadishu's Islamic courts and those aligned with warlords, residents said on Tuesday.
- An aromatic woolly plant (Origanum dictamnus) native to Crete, formerly believed to have magical powers.