International News Archive - February 27, 2006

By Ed Cropley BANGKOK (Reuters) - Myanmar's military junta has suspended visits by the Red Cross to 90 prisons and labor camps across the country, the humanitarian agency said on Monday.

By Peter Apps TRINCOMALEE, Sri Lanka (Reuters) - People have returned to the streets in Sri Lanka's multi-ethnic east after talks between the government and Tamil Tigers pulled the island back from the brink of war, but distrust remains.

By Achmad Sukarsono JAKARTA (Reuters) - Winning hearts and minds in the war against terrorism needs a balanced dose of freedom and religious tolerance, the president of Indonesia, the world's most populous Muslim nation, said on Monday.

By Andrew Cawthorne RWAKITURA, Uganda (Reuters) - Fresh from re-election and criticized by some for his longevity in power, Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni hinted he would not stand again in 2011, when he will have held office for 25 years.

By Manny Mogato and Rosemarie Francisco MANILA (R

KUALA LUMPUR (Reuters) - The United States is ready to help Malaysia boost security in the vital Malacca Strait once it concludes a pact on joint air patrols with other littoral states, a U.S. defense commander said on Monday.

KANO, Nigeria, Feb 27 - Thirty-five people were killed and five were injured when two buses collided head-on and caught fire in northern Nigeria at the weekend, police said on Monday.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - Yoo Chang-sik gazes into a monitor in the North Korean capital but fails to recognize his sister on a video link from the South's capital, just 220 km (137 miles) away but separated by a fortified border for more than 50 years.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Two bombs exploded in the southern Iranian cities of Dezful and Abadan on Monday wounding four people, the official IRNA news agency reported. The IRNA bulletin said the bombs were planted in the governor's offices in both cities.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The European Union will rap Serbia on Monday for failing to bring war crimes suspect Ratko Mladic to justice but will hold back from threatening to freeze Belgrade's bid to enter the bloc, ministers said. "We are not going to give an ultimatum.

Word of the Day
  • A large punch-bowl of the eighteenth century, usually of silver and with a movable rim, and decorated with flutings and a scalloped edge. It was also used for cooling and carrying wine-glasses.
  • A kind of cotton handkerchief having white spots on a colored ground, the spots being produced by a chemical which discharges the color.
This word is possibly named after Monteith (Monteigh), 'an eccentric 17th-century Scotsman who wore a cloak scalloped at the hem.'