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International News Archive - March 11, 2006

By Alfredo Corchado, The Dallas Morning News Mar. 11--LAREDO -- This Texas border city is emerging as a staging ground for operations by the Sinaloa drug cartel, a clear indication that Mexico's drug gangs are gaining a foothold on American soil, some U.S. and Mexican authorities say.

By Chris Buckley BEIJING (Reuters) - The number of people China convicted last year grew as fast as the national economy, but a shortage of judges means the courts are clogging up, the Chinese chief justice told parliament on Saturday.

PARIS (Reuters) - French riot police used teargas on Saturday to break up a protest at Paris's Sorbonne university, which students had occupied to press the government to abandon its youth jobs plan, local media reported.

BANGKOK (Reuters) - A series of moderate earthquakes has shaken the floor of the Andaman Sea off the southern coast of Thailand, although there is no immediate risk of a tsunami, disaster officials said on Saturday.

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Police recovered several powerful explosives from a crowded railway station in India's financial capital on Saturday, days after twin blasts in one of Hinduism's holiest cities killed 15 people.

CAIRO (Reuters) - Qatar has extradited to Egypt an Egyptian suspected of financing attacks on tourists in Cairo last year, an Interior Ministry official said on Saturday. The man was handed to Egyptian authorities on Friday, the source said.

By Tim Cocks KAALOKOL, Kenya (Reuters) - Millions of children in drought-hit East Africa are threatened by a "lethal cocktail" of measles and malnutrition and urgently need vaccinations against the highly infectious disease, a U.N. official said.

IMPHAL, India (Reuters) - Seven people, including a civilian caught in crossfire, were killed in gunbattles between rebels and Indian troops in the troubled northeastern state of Manipur on Saturday, police said.

KHARTOUM (Reuters) - Five members of the main opposition group in eastern Sudan were arrested or detained, party officials said on Saturday, in a move they said hindered any chance to start long-delayed peace talks.

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier called for a diplomatic solution to the standoff over Iran's nuclear ambitions and urged Tehran to cooperate.

Word of the Day
tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.