International News Archive - March 17, 2006

By Benjamin Kang Lim BEIJING (Reuters) - China is set to host its first major international forum on Buddhism since 1949 to complement President Hu Jintao's campaign to build a "harmonious society" and burnish China's tarnished image on religious freedom.

SEOUL (Reuters) - South Korea's agriculture ministry is likely to push back by a few weeks its planned date to resume imports of U.S. beef because of a delay in an inspection tour of U.S. beef facilities, an official said on Friday.

TOKYO (Reuters) - The United States is unhappy that Japanese officials involved in talks to relocate American troops are putting priority on assuaging local opposition, a senior U.S. official was quoted as saying in a major daily on Friday.

By Pracha Hararaspitak BANGKOK (Reuters) - Protesters burned posters of Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong outside the city state's Bangkok embassy on Friday as a campaign to oust his Thai counterpart, Thaksin Shinawatra, took a nationalist twist.

NAIROBI (Reuters) - The UN Security Council must ensure civilians in Sudan's troubled Darfur region are protected from more attacks and stop Khartoum from blocking deployment of a UN force there, a rights watchdog urged on Friday.

By Matthew Robinson VIENNA (Reuters) - Serbs and ethnic Albanians met in Vienna on Friday for a second round of talks on the future of Kosovo, marred at the outset by Serb objections to the presence of a former guerrilla leader Belgrade accuses of terrorism.

By Swaha Pattanaik PARIS (Reuters) - The French government on Friday condemned violence that marred protests against its youth job law but faced mounting public hostility to a measure which critics say will erode employment security.

By Andrew Cawthorne NAIROBI (Reuters) - The international community's "dismal" response to a three-year conflict in Sudan's Darfur region risks costing thousands more lives and creating proxy wars in a swathe of Africa, a think-tank warned on Friday.

By Anna Willard PARIS (Reuters) - French President Jacques Chirac called for swift talks on Friday between the government and unions over a youth employment law after Paris protests against the measure ended in violence and arrests.

By Rasha Elass DAMASCUS (Reuters) - Running the Palestinian Authority will not deflect Hamas from its overriding goal of pursuing a long-term struggle with Israel, the leader-in-exile of the militant Islamist movement said in Damascus.

Word of the Day
  • Stoppage; cessation (of labor).
  • A standing still or idling (of mills, factories, etc.).
The word chomage comes into English from French.]