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International News Archive - March 22, 2006

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - Efforts to resolve the international crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions should focus on keeping the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) intact, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Wednesday.

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Next week's Israeli election may prove crucial in determining the country's future -- but the campaign has so far been one of the dullest in memory.

BEIRUT (Reuters) - Rival Lebanese leaders began a third round of talks on Wednesday but an agreement to end Lebanon's worst political crisis in 16 years appeared out of reach for now, political sources said.

By Sayed Salahuddin KABUL (Reuters) - Afghanistan said on Wednesday the judiciary would rule on a man facing death for converting to Christianity after the United States and three NATO allies with troops in Afghanistan urged respect for religious freedom.

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Kosovo's ethnic Albanian government must take action now to protect its Serbian minority, the European Union's foreign policy chief told new Kosovan Prime Minister Agim Ceku on Wednesday. "For a long time there has been a lot of talk but not much action.

By Gideon Long LONDON (Reuters) - A British girl lost a legal battle on Wednesday to be allowed to wear full Islamic dress in school in a case which has been likened to the row in France over the wearing of Muslim headscarves.

By Megan Goldin JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Next week's Israeli election may prove crucial in determining the country's future -- but the campaign has so far been one of the dullest in memory.

BEIJING (Reuters) - China's top AIDS official said on Wednesday that he had no idea where a missing Chinese activist was, but said the government had a very good relationship with private groups involved in fighting the disease.

LAGOS (Reuters) - Six members of a Nigerian separatist group were killed in a clash with police in southeastern Anambra state after they tried to stop people from being counted in a census, police said on Wednesday.

By Marja Novak LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - Slovenia was long the butt of jokes made by its Yugoslav neighbors about its small size and orderly ways. And George W. Bush once publicly mistook its prime minister for the leader of Slovakia.

Word of the Day
bretelles
  • In dressmaking, straps running from the belt in front over the shoulders to the belt in the back, with more or less elaboration of trimming and outline. They usually broaden at the shoulder and narrow toward the waist.
The word 'bretelles' comes from a French word meaning 'braces'.