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International News Archive - March 15, 2006

TAIPEI (Reuters) - Taiwan's opposition lawmakers are divided over whether, or what, to buy from a package of advanced weaponry offered by Washington, dashing hopes for a resolution to end the deadlocked deal any time soon.

By Evelyn Leopold UNITED NATIONS (Reuters) - The five veto-holding U.N. Security Council powers faced another struggle on Wednesday to come up with a text aimed at reining in Iran's nuclear ambitions without threatening sanctions or other punitive measures.

By Krittivas Mukherjee MUMBAI (Reuters) - Health workers went door-to-door looking for people with flu-like symptoms in western India on Wednesday, a day after the country reported its second outbreak of avian influenza in chicken.

By Trirat Puttajanyawong BURIRAM, Thailand (Reuters) - Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, battling a growing campaign to oust him, gave his first indication on Wednesday that stepping aside temporarily to defuse the crisis was an option.

TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran will not stop its research on atomic fuel, even if instructed to do so by the United Nations Security Council, Foreign Ministry Spokesman Hamid Reza Asefi said on Wednesday. Iran has been reported to the U.N.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark has found the first case of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus in a wild fowl, officials said on Wednesday. The Ministry for Family and Consumer Affairs, which is in charge of food safety, said it would give further details at a news conference at 11 a.m.

MADRID (Reuters) - A caller claiming to represent Basque separatists ETA warned that the group had planted three bombs in the northern Spanish region of Navarre, the regional government said on Wednesday.

By Silvia Aloisi ROME (Reuters) - Italy's opposition leader Romano Prodi won a points victory over Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi in their first head-to-head TV debate ahead of next month's elections, opinion polls showed on Wednesday.

COPENHAGEN (Reuters) - Denmark has found its first case of the highly pathogenic H5 bird flu virus in a wild fowl, officials said on Wednesday. The Ministry for Family and Consumer Affairs, which is in charge of food safety, said it would give further details at a news conference at 1100 GMT.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korean Prime Minister Lee Hae-chan officially left office on Wednesday for playing golf while a railway strike was causing transport chaos, ending a run as one of the country's most powerful premiers.

Word of the Day
kenspeckle
  • Having so marked an appearance as easily to be recognized.
This word may come from the Swedish 'kanspak,' quick at recognizing persons or things, or else from confusion with 'conspicuous.'