International News Archive - February 23, 2006

By Roli Ng and Bobby Ranoco GUINSAUGON, Philippines (Reuters) - The Mamanua tribe knew two months before a devastating landslide destroyed a community in the central Philippines that something bad was going to happen.

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Leftist candidate and former Mexico City mayor Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador holds a lead of between 5 and 9 points over his closest rivals for the presidential election in July, new polls showed on Wednesday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - Japan issued arrest warrants on Thursday for two suspected North Korean kidnappers, the latest step in a bitter, long-running row with North Korea over Japanese nationals abducted by Pyongyang decades ago, media reports said.

By Linda Sieg TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese opposition lawmaker who had alleged shady links between the ruling party and a disgraced Internet entrepreneur offered to resign on Thursday for failing to prove his case, dealing a blow to his struggling party.

By Alice Hung TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian's increasingly tough stand on China is testing the patience of the island's biggest ally and arms supplier, the United States.

By Ek Madra PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Human rights groups are urging Cambodia's international donors, who contribute over half the annual budget, to step up pressure on the government to tackle widespread corruption and abuse of natural resources.

By Richard Waddington GENEVA (Reuters) - Sri Lankan officials and Tamil Tiger rebels were set to resume talks in Switzerland on Thursday aimed at averting a slide back to civil war, but there is little common ground between the two on the main issues.

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian and U.S. negotiators began talks on Thursday in an attempt to reach a compromise on a landmark nuclear cooperation deal in time for President George W. Bush's visit to the subcontinent next week. The deal, which aims to give India access to long-denied U.S.

SANAA (Reuters) - The United States has formally asked Yemen to arrest a prominent hardline Yemeni cleric who is on U.S. and U.N. lists of terrorism suspects, state Web sites said on Thursday.

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - Thousands of people in Indian Kashmir protested against the army on Thursday, a day after four youths were killed in a shooting incident, police and witnesses said.

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.