International News Archive - February 28, 2006
By Yousuf Azimy PUL-I-CHARKHI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A siege at the Afghan capital's main jail entered a fourth day on Tuesday but the government expressed hope for a peaceful resolution to a bloody revolt by hundreds of inmates.
By Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Leaders of a campaign to oust Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra demanded he resign by Sunday or their followers will start marching on Bangkok streets, a move that could spark violence.
BEIJING (Reuters) - Families of victims of the 1989 Tiananmen crackdown have called on the Chinese government to renounce violent oppression of human rights.
By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The world is beginning to understand that integrating women and girls into the life of a nation is the surest path to economic growth and development, a top U.N. official told an annual meeting that analyzes the global status of women.
By Manny Mogato and John O'Callaghan MANILA (Reuters) - The Philippine government said on Tuesday it may lift emergency rule within days, but police geared up for more arrests of suspected plotters as fears lingered of an attempt to topple President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo.
By Teruaki Ueno TOKYO (Reuters) - A Japanese opposition lawmaker apologized on Tuesday for alleging shady financial links between the ruling party and a disgraced Internet entrepreneur, in an incident that has embarrassed his faltering party.
RAIPUR, India (Reuters) - Maoists rebels set off a land mine under a truck on Tuesday in central India, killing 50 people who belonged to a government-sponsored anti-Maoist group, police said. The incident comes on the eve of a visit by U.S. President George W. Bush.
By Benjamin Kang Lim and Alice Hung BEIJING/TAIPEI (Reuters) - China condemned Taiwan President Chen Shui-bian on Tuesday for scrapping a council on eventual unification, calling it a provocation creating further tension in one of Asia's most dangerous flashpoints.
By Trirat Puttajanyawong and Pracha Hariraksapitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra defied threats of street marches by foes who demand he quit, but said he was willing to accept any democratic way out of a growing crisis proposed by the political opposition.
TEHRAN (Reuters) - An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.6 hit southeast Iran on Tuesday, Tehran's geophysics center was quoted as saying by the ISNA students news agency. There was no immediate report of casualties or damage in the quake which struck the borders of Kerman and Hormuzgan provinces.
- The navel or umbilicus.
- In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
- A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.