International News Archive - February 03, 2006

DHAKA (Reuters) - Police in Bangladesh have detained hundreds of opposition activists in a countrywide crackdown trying to foil a "long march" planned to reach Dhaka on Sunday, opposition leaders said.

PHNOM PENH (Reuters) - Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni has cut the jail term for opposition member of parliament Cheam Channy to three from seven years after a petition from Prime Minister Hun Sen, officials said on Friday.

MANILA (Reuters) - At least six people were killed on Friday when gunmen opened fire at a Christian home on a mainly Muslim island in the southern Philippines, an army general said.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - U.S. and South Korean forces could defeat North Korea's army, the chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Friday, but figuring out the secretive state's military policy is a difficult challenge.

By Biswajyoti Das GUWAHATI, India (Reuters) - The people of the tiny Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan will have to wait for their first chance to vote after astrologers convinced their absolute monarch the stars were stacked against democracy.

By Jack Kim SEOUL (Reuters) - North and South Korean generals will resume talks later this month or early in March on reducing military tensions and building confidence to help improve cross-border ties, a South Korean official said on Friday.

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The United Nations said on Friday it needed more than $100 million to keep a fleet of helicopters assisting earthquake recovery operations in northern Pakistan flying for the rest of the year. The plea for funding from the U.N.

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - Suspected Maoist rebels in Nepal have killed a politician and his aide ahead of next week's municipal elections which the guerrillas have vowed to disrupt, a district official said on Friday.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - An official probe into Kenya's biggest graft scandal recommends that ex-President Daniel arap Moi be investigated further and a current minister face criminal charges for the 1990s scam, an inquiry source said on Friday.

DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Syria will restore full diplomatic ties with Iraq once its neighbor forms a government, the state news agency quoted Syria's foreign minister as saying.

Word of the Day
  • An uxorious, effeminate, or spiritless man.
  • A timorous, cowardly fellow.
Probably a blend of meek and cock, or from meek +‎ -ock (“diminutive suffix”).