International News Archive - March 18, 2006
MELBOURNE (Reuters) - Australia said "bloody well
By Sue Pleming and Michelle Nichols SYDNEY (Reuters) - The United States, Japan and Australia said on Saturday that China had a constructive role to play in the Asia-Pacific and encouraged the emerging superpower to "pull its weight" as a regional and global player. U.S.
GAZA (Reuters) - Hamas leaders have chosen one of their own to run the Palestinian Ministry of Finance, a decision that could bolster a U.S. and Israeli campaign to isolate a Hamas-led government economically.
KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - A blast killed nine Afghan policemen as they were bringing back the bodies of four Macedonians kidnapped and killed by the Taliban and dumped in a valley, the Kandahar provincial governor said on Saturday.
JAKARTA (Reuters) - Indonesian authorities have detained another 11 people in Papua province after three policemen and a soldier died in clashes with protesters demanding closure of a giant U.S.-run mine, police said on Saturday.
By Saeed Komeijani TEHRAN (Reuters) - Iran's most prominent political dissident, Akbar Ganji, has been released from prison after six years behind bars for criticizing some of the most powerful figures in the Islamic Republic.
By Tom Heneghan PARIS (Reuters) - Protesters and police geared up for mass demonstrations across France on Saturday as pressure mounted on the conservative government to cancel a new law that students and unions fear will undermine job security.
By Mohammed Abbas CAIRO (Reuters) - A 30-year-old Egyptian woman has died of bird flu, the country's first human victim of the virus, Egypt's health ministry said on Saturday.
By Yahya Nabwi GHAZNI, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Taliban gunmen killed a powerful former governor of an Afghan province and four of his guards on Saturday, and hours later tried to kill the province's current governor.
By Alexandra Hudson THE HAGUE (Reuters) - A Congolese militia leader accused of conscripting children for war will be the first suspect to face trial at the International Criminal Court, the chief prosecutor of the ICC said on Saturday.
- A fool; a simpleton: a term of abuse common in Ireland and to a less extent in the Gaelic-speaking parts of Scotland.