International News Archive - March 20, 2006

KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 13 Nepali soldiers were killed in a clash with Maoist rebels in the east of the country on Monday, a day after the guerrillas ended a crippling road blockade, an army officer said.

By Gopal Sharma KATHMANDU (Reuters) - At least 16 people, including 13 soldiers, were killed in a new outbreak of violence in Nepal on Monday, a day after Maoist rebels ended a crippling road blockade, the army and witnesses said.

By Jon Herskovitz SEOUL (Reuters) - Korean families separated for more than half a century on the divided peninsula shared tears and embraces on Monday at the start of a two-pronged reunion.

By David Clarke LONDON (Reuters) - British Prime Minister Tony Blair faced growing pressure on Monday to step down over a sleaze row which has tarnished his reputation and boosted calls for finance minister Gordon Brown to take the reins.

MIRANSHAH (Reuters) - A roadside bomb wounded two Pakistani army officers on Monday in North Waziristan, a tribal border region where security forces are battling pro-Taliban and al Qaeda militants, security officials said.

JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel poisoned hundreds of thousands of turkeys and chickens as it sought to contain an outbreak of the dangerous H5N1 bird flu on Monday.

ISTANBUL (Reuters) - A Syrian al Qaeda militant went on trial in Turkey on Monday, charged with masterminding bomb attacks on synagogues, the British consulate and an HSBC bank branch which killed more than 60 people in Istanbul.

By Matthew Bigg PARIS (Reuters) - French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin went on the offensive over a contested youth job law on Monday, meeting employers and students to defend a contract that unions have warned him to withdraw or face strikes.

By Tim Gaynor TULUM, Mexico (Reuters) - The ancient Maya once believed that Mexico's jungle sinkholes containing crystalline waters were the gateway to the underworld and the lair of a surly rain god who had to be appeased with human sacrifices.

By Nick Olivari HILLA, Iraq (Reuters) - Three years to the day after they invaded Iraq, most American troops still believe in their mission but know that the general population has -- at best -- mixed feelings about their presence. Many are as keen as most Iraqis to see U.S.

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.]